What­sapp Desk­top

Free

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macos 10.9 or later • 64-bit pro­ces­sor • 136MB

Avail­able from Mac App Store Learn more what­sapp.com

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.

Ver­dict

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”

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