WhatsApp, the instant messaging application owned by Meta, has launched the beta version of its native application for macOS. The app is available to download as a dmg file on the official website. The native WhatsApp app for macOS reportedly comes with all the features available in the WhatsApp app for iOS. WhatsApp for macOS is compatible with Apple MacBooks with the M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, M1 Ultra, M2, M2 Pro, 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 by WABetaInfo, the beta version of the native WhatsApp for macOS app has been released for Mac M1, Macs running macOS 11 Big Sur or higher, and some other Intel-based Macs using Mac Catalyst. The application can be downloaded from the official website in dmg format. Although WhatsApp for macOS is rolling out to a larger 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 the native beta version of WhatsApp for macOS can simply link the account on their Android or iPhone by scanning the QR code on their Macbook. It comes with all the features available in the WhatsApp app for iOS. The app development tracker has 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 with Mac Catalyst has been optimized and offers the advantage of Mac hardware. In addition, 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 macOS native app. One can share feedback using the bug button available at the bottom of the app.