It’s been a long time coming but WhatsApp for Mac has finally been updated to support video and audio calling like the Windows version.
The desktop version of WhatsApp for Mac was released in 2016 but has never been as advanced as the mobile and Windows desktop version.
Users have had to find other ways to run WhatsApp on a Mac to get video and audio calling but Meta has finally released a native app for both Intel and Apple Silicon M-Series Macs that supports it.
WhatsApp for Mac allows users to make video calls with up to eight people and audio calls with up to 32 people making it a competitor to Apple’s FaceTime and Skype for Business for Mac.
The user interface of WhatsApp for Mac is similar to iMessage so if y0u’ve ever used iMessage on your Mac, you’ll recognize the layout.
You can share files from your Mac by dragging and dropping them into a chat and you can view chat history on a Mac too.
You’ll also be able to receive messages on your Mac even if your phone is not connected to the internet.
Like the mobile and Windows version of WhatsApp, all conversations made in WhatsApp For Mac are encrypted end-to-end.
A fully functional version of WhatsApp for Mac means that WhatsApp is available across all platforms now although WhatsApp for iPad is the most notable app now missing.
At the moment, you can only download WhatsApp for Mac from the WhatsApp website but Meta has said the it will be available in the Mac App Store soon.
You can read more about WhatsApp for Mac from Meta here.