Revealed: How you can now Whatsapp without your phone to hand
WhatsApp’s latest update allows users to stay in touch with friends even when they haven’t got their smartphone to hand.
The popular messaging app has introduced a desktop client for both Windows OS and Mac OS X to allow users to continue chatting on their computers.
The app is similar to the existing WhatsApp Web service, but this sleek, streamlined version aims for greater convenience and discretion for users.
Like the mobile version, the desktop update allows users to send text, photos, video and audio files, and offers live desktop notifications and keyboard shortcuts.
In a statement about the launch, the company said: “Today we're introducing a desktop app so you have a new way to stay in touch anytime and anywhere - whether on your phone or computer at home or work.
“Like WhatsApp Web, our desktop app is simply an extension of your phone: the app mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device.”
Earlier this year, the Facebook-owned firm passed a major milestone when it announced that it now has one billion active users.
The new app is available only for devices that have versions of Windows 8 and above, or for Mac users with OS X 10.9 and above.
It can be downloaded for free by visiting www.whatsapp.com/download from your desktop browser and scanning a QR code on your phone, to automatically input all your conversations.