macos 10.9 or later • 64-bit processor • 136MB
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If you aren’t familiar with Whatsapp, it’s a mobile app that lets you message and call your contacts for free. This Mac desktop edition has been around for a while, but the recent update makes it Mojaveready and fixes a few minor bugs.
After installing this app on your Mac, all you have to do to link it to your mobile app is open Whatsapp on your iphone and then go to Settings>whatsapp Web/desktop, after which you simply point the mobile app at the QR code generated in the Mac version and all of your contacts and chats will be instantly synced and loaded up before your eyes.
What makes this companion version of the app so essential is that you can share content from your Mac (such as older photos that are backed up to your Mac’s Photos app) without first having to transfer it to your iphone. To do this, simply click on the paperclip icon in the top-right corner of a message thread and you’ll see options to share photos and videos, access your Mac’s live camera (to take an instant shot) and share documents and contacts. Like with the mobile app, you can also add emojis by clicking on the icon to the left of the text field or compose voice messages by clicking on the microphone icon to the right.
There is no option to call or video chat through this desktop version of Whatsapp, but all other business can be conducted much more efficiently using your Mac keyboard, plus you never have to look away from your screen while working to check your latest messages.
A worthwhile companion app to the mobile version that allows you to carry out most of your Whatsapp activity without ever having to look away from your screen.
“The recent update makes it Mojave-ready and fixes a few minor bugs”