A beta version of WhatsApp’s native macOS client is now available to the public.

A beta version of WhatsApp's native macOS client is now available to the public.

As a public beta, WhatsApp’s native macOS app is now available. It’s compatible with Apple Silicon. The beta is available for download on Macs powered by Apple’s custom A11 chip running macOS 11 Big Sur or later. In addition, those who own Intel-based Macs and the company’s programme to port iPad POS, Mac Catalyst, will be able to use this native app as well.

According to WABetaInfo, the app was made available for beta testing for the first time in July of 2018. Users back then had to get it from Apple’s testing platform, TestFlight. As a result, only a limited number of people were able to test out the app. WhatsApp’s web app or its web-based client were previously the only options for Mac users. Neither one provides a perfect experience in terms of speed or complete functionality.

As a public beta, WhatsApp's native macOS app is now available.

There could be bugs in the new native client while it’s still in beta. Clicking the bug icon in the corner of the screen will allow users to report these problems.We’ve asked Meta for a comment on when we can expect a stable release, and we’ll revise the piece accordingly.

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After debuting on desktop in 2016, WhatsApp finally released a native client in 2020, just in time for Apple’s processor refresh. In 2021, WhatsApp began testing the ability to link multiple devices to a single account, allowing users to continue receiving messages even if their phone was not online.

Daniel Harrison

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