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Meta-owned instant messaging app WhatsApp has launched a beta version of its native app for macOS. The application is available for download as a dmg file on the official website. According to reports, the native WhatsApp app for macOS has all the features of the WhatsApp for iOS app. WhatsApp for macOS is supported on Apple MacBooks equipped with the M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, M1 Ultra, M2, ‌M2‌ Pro, and ‌M2‌ Max chipsets, as well as other MacBooks running macOS 11 Big Sur. Intel Macs using Mac Catalyst also support native applications.

According to a report by WABetaInfo, a macOS native app beta for WhatsApp has rolled out for M1 Macs, Macs running macOS 11 Big Sur or later, and some other Intel Macs using Mac Catalyst. The application can be downloaded from the official website in dmg format. Although WhatsApp for macOS is out to more users after a limited early beta, it is still in beta, so some features may not work properly.

The report shared that users looking to get the native beta version of WhatsApp for macOS can simply scan a QR code on their Macbook to link the account on their Android or iPhone. It comes with all the features available on WhatsApp for iOS app. The app development tracker also shared screenshots of the WhatsApp native app for macOS, showing off an app sidebar. The app also has the ability to drag and drop files.

The report also notes that new native apps built using Mac Catalyst have been optimized to provide the benefits of Mac hardware. Plus, the app looks and feels like a traditional Mac app.

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WhatsApp will more features to its native macOS app in the future. Meanwhile, the messaging app is asking beta testers to share their thoughts on the new macOS native app. Feedback can be shared using the bug button below the app.

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By Rebecca French

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