WhatsApp is accessed mainly from smartphones.
The chat app, which is owned by Meta, the new company that also owns Instagram and Facebook, is the most popular in the world and for good reason: it entered the market long before the competition and is easy to use.
Now, unlike Telegram which is cloud-based and can be used on multiple devices, including tablets and computers, WhatsApp doesn’t work the same way.
However, the folks at Meta have realized that the limitation actually makes the app look bad in a sea of chat apps that can be accessed from multiple devices.
To this end, WhatsApp has been trying to change the way the app works, mainly by introducing new features that match or come close to what the competition offers.
A couple of months ago, WhatsApp launched a feature that allows users to use the app on up to four non-phone devices (mainly computers).
All you could do was access the web version of the application from your computer’s browser and then link your WhatsApp to it. However, you can only access chats if your main phone is online.
Then a few weeks or days ago WhatsApp changed that. You can now access chats on up to four devices, but your primary phone doesn’t need to be online.
In the same case, you can still access the chats even if, unfortunately, you lose your phone because the access lasts up to two weeks. The connection ends after the 14 day mark.
So far so good, right?
Well, there is more good news.
Instead of accessing WhatsApp from a web browser on Windows, you can now access it from an official Windows application.
Called WhatsApp Beta, the app is available in the Windows Store and, as the name suggests, is in beta, so expect some minor bugs.
How to download
You can access it from here.
Setup is simple – just launch the app, scan the QR code, and you’re good to go.
And remember, your main WhatsApp on your smartphone doesn’t need to be online.