- WhatsApp is finally coming to iPad after a long wait.
- The WhatsApp for iPad beta version has been spotted in TestFlight.
- WhatsApp users can now use it on iPad without needing their iPhone to be connected to the internet.
WhatsApp for iPad is finally in the making. While users could still have WhatsApp on their iPads using the web version, there was no native app until now. However, it has changed now as the latest version of the WhatsApp Beta on TestFlight is compatible with iPad as well. According to the WABetaInfo, users need to be part of WhatsApp Beta for iOS program to be able to use the new iPad version. With the native WhatsApp for Mac launched last month, Apple users can now have the same WhatsApp account across multiple devices. Let’s take a look at what the new WhatsApp for iPad beta update offers.
Native WhatsApp for iPad Will Roll Out Soon
The popular WhatsApp beta tracking website, WABetaInfo has posted a screenshot of the native WhatsApp for iPad interface. As you can see in the screenshot above, the WhatsApp for iPad seems to have the same split-screen interface as the Mac app, thanks to the large display. The main screen with the top and bottom toolbar is displayed on the right, whereas the current chat is displayed on the left. Those who already use the WhatsApp for Mac app will be able to dive right in.
According to WABetaInfo, users will need to have WhatsApp for Beta installed on both iPhone and iPad to set up WhatsApp on the iPad. Once done, open WhatsApp on the iPad to bring up the QR code and then scan it from the iPhone by navigating to WhatsApp Settings > Linked devices > Link a device. After linking, users will be able to use WhatsApp on iPad independently without needing their iPhone to be connected to the internet.
Additionally, since WhatsApp for iPad uses companion mode, it can be linked with either iOS or Android smartphones. Moreover, even if your phone shuts down, users will be able to chat on WhatsApp for iPad. The app will sync all your WhatsApp chats across all linked devices. The messages will be end-to-end encrypted across all devices to protect the privacy of the user.
WABetaInfo notes that just like WhatsApp for Mac, the iPad version is also limited in functionality. For example, users can’t send live location or post status updates from iPad. However, considering it’s still in beta, we can expect the Meta-owned chat platform to roll out more features, improvements, and bug fixes with the stable update.
As of now, there’s no word on the stable rollout of WhatsApp for iPad. However, we can assume it will be available in the next few months.