WhatsApp For macOS Gets a Beta Release: Here’s How to Download

WhatsApp has finally made available the native WhatsApp app for macOS as beta. It is available for every users using macOS 11 BigSur or above

Highlights

  • WhatsApp native app is finally available for macOS users.
  • Not an extension of WhatsApp web.
  • It is still in beta stage.

Over the years, WhatsApp has transformed itself in every area, including privacy, app compatibility and more. For instance, it increased the group members limit, introduced disappearing media with no screenshots, a community feature, multiple speed options for voice messages and more. WhatsApp web is now more powerful as it has been introduced with multi-beta where up to 4 devices can be connected simultaneously. The multi-beta feature also allows the connected device to work without an internet connection on the primary device for up to 40 days. It also came with an undo option for Delete for Me option. The feature came as a life savior for many who accidentally tapped on the same. The significant change users waited for was the addition of native apps on PCs and Macs. Both had WhatsApp clients, which was just an extension of the WhatsApp web interface. WhatsApp has finally introduced the native beta for macOS users, which was spotted by WaBetaInfo.

Native WhatsApp Beta Available for macOS Users

Earlier, the native WhatsApp for macOS users was limited to a small number of people with WhatsApp TestFlight access. Ahead of the scheduled launch in the coming months, WhatsApp has expanded its availability to all macOS users. Since this is still in beta, everything won’t be smooth as you expect. Those interested in trying out the native app can visit the official website of WhatsApp to download the dmg file.

Steps to Set up After Downloading the Native Beta App

Once downloaded, users should link their account on native macOS WhatsApp by scanning the QR code using their Android or iOS device. Since it is a native app, it will work better utilizing the complete hardware. The app comes with a sidebar and supports the drag-and-drop files option. The addition of these features makes it feel like a traditional Mac app. 

Compatibility of WhatsApp Beta App

macOS beta
Source – WaBetaInfo

Some features won’t be available with the beta native app for macOS. The native beta app is available for Apple MacBooks with M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, M1 Ultra, M2, ‌M2‌ Pro, and ‌M2‌ Max chipsets. It will also work with other MacBooks with macOS 11 Big Sur. Some Intel Macs using Mac Catalyst are also compatible with the native app. 

The native app for macOS is built with Mac Catalyst, and users can take advantage of all features offered by the iOS app on their Mac. It offers a seamless experience for WhatsApp users on macOS. Recently, WhatsApp introduced companion APKs for Android devices.

WhatsApp also encourages users to provide feedback about the native beta app. macOS users can share the feedback using the bug button located at the lower part of the app. Have you tried the latest native WhatsApp beta on your MacBook? If yes, then please let us know in the comments section.