Native WhatsApp for macOS goes into public beta

Peter, 24 January 2023

WhatsApp didn’t have a true desktop version until recently – both the Windows and Mac apps just wrapped the web version in an Electron shell. This changed last year when Windows got a native version and a native version for macOS went into beta. Initially, it was closed beta available only to TestFlight participants, but now everyone (with a Mac) can get it.

You can download it from the official site, it is available for macOS Big Sur and newer. The site warns that this version is still in early stages of development.

Native WhatsApp for macOS goes into public beta
Native WhatsApp for macOS goes into public beta

Interestingly, the WhatsApp team used Apple’s Mac Catalyst framework, which makes it easier for developers to build apps that run on both iPadOS and macOS. This is curious because there is no WhatsApp version for iPad (instead users are expected to use the web version). Maybe this will change once this app goes out of beta.

Anyway, the native app should run faster and be more efficient on Mac hardware (the same goes for the Windows version), so it’s good to see the old Electron version going away.

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Reader comments

  • Citizen
  • 27 Jan 2023
  • Kgf

Why there is no view on once as only text

  • David
  • 26 Jan 2023
  • 3HZ

Why is there still no iPad app? They even have the same M chips so there is no excuse, just port the MacOS app!

  • Anonymous
  • 25 Jan 2023
  • AA8

Finallyyyyyyy!!! I really really hate using WhatsApp App on mac (especially Apple Silicion mac). It is a resource hogging mf piece of sh. The old version (build for intel, with Electron and running on Rosetta 2 takes 5GB OF MY RAM) while this new bet...

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