WhatsApp, the instant messaging app from Meta, has rolled out the beta version of its native app for macOS. The app can be downloaded as a dmg file on the official website. The native WhatsApp app for macOS is said to come with all the features available in the WhatsApp for iOS app. WhatsApp for macOS is supported on Apple MacBooks with M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, M1 Ultra, M2, M2, and M2 Max chipsets, along with other MacBooks running macOS 11 Big Sur. Intel Macs using Mac Catalyst also support the native app.
According to a report from WABetaInfo, the beta version of WhatsApp’s native app for macOS has been launched for M1 Macs, Macs running macOS 11 Big Sur or later, and some other Intel Macs running Mac Catalyst. The app can be downloaded from the official website in dmg format. While WhatsApp for macOS is rolling out to a wider audience after a limited early beta, it is still in beta and therefore some features may not work properly.
The report shared that users who want to get their hands on WhatsApp native beta for macOS can simply link the account on their Android or iPhones by scanning the QR code on their Macbook. It comes with all the features available in the WhatsApp for iOS app. The app development tracker also shared a screenshot of the new WhatsApp native app for macOS, showing an app sidebar. The app also has the ability to drag and drop files.
The report also noted that the new native app built using Mac Catalyst is optimized and takes advantage of Mac hardware. Plus, the app looks and feels like a traditional Mac app.
WhatsApp will add more features to its native macOS app in the future. Meanwhile, the instant messaging app has also asked beta testers to share their thoughts on the new native app for macOS. One can share feedback by using the bug button available in the bottom part of the app.