WhatsApp is a renowned messaging service that has been around for some time now. Although you can use it on the web, WhatsApp has launched a desktop app for both Windows and Mac OS X platforms.
This new desktop version of the app will be great for some users as it no longer needs to take up space in your web browser. The new app basically works as an extension of your phone; it mirrors messages and conversations from your device.
Using the desktop version of the app comes with advantages including proper native desktop notifications and better keyboard shortcuts. You simply need WhatsApp installed and working on your phone and Windows 8 or later.
Using the desktop version of WhatsApp is easy; as soon as you have downloaded and installed the app, you simply need to scan the QR code on the screen with your phone using WhatsApp (Open WhatsApp, click Menu and select WhatsApp Web). Then, as soon as it is recognised the desktop app will be linked with your account.
It is worth noting that since the desktop app uses your mobile device to sync messages, it would probably be best to ensure that it is connected to Wi-Fi to avoid excessive data usage.