These days, WhatsApp has finally released its Windows application, which takes a big step forward compared to its earlier versions.
While the basic functionalities remained the same, WhatsApp Desktop the application no longer requires a constant connection to the smartphone to work. After completing the settings, users will be able to send messages, receive messages and check if new messages have arrived in the inbox even when their phone is offline.
This is certainly the main advantage over WhatsApp Web an application that has been available as a web application or through an internet browser since 2015. It was also announced that the WhatsApp Desktop application will be faster and more reliable than its earlier versions.
It is important to know that it can be installed on a maximum of three devices, which falls under WhatsApp multidevice feature, but this still doesn’t include tablets powered by Android or iOS.
In addition to the fact that the WhatsApp Desktop application is now to a much greater extent independent of the smartphone, the developers have carried out a certain redesign on it. The app’s interface is much cleaner, so that means it goes more in the aesthetic direction of apps on Windows 11 and doesn’t look like a scaled-down version of a mobile app. Despite everything, its main features are still in the same places, so users will not have any problems when using the new interface.
The application is free to download through the Microsoft Store at the following link for Windows 10 and Windows 11. The same version of the application with the described changes will soon be available for macOS users, but it has not yet been determined when exactly that should be.
What users will definitely want to try on the new desktop version of WhatsApp are the three new privacy settings that will be available soon:
- Hiding online status – It is useful to see the “last seen” that state “online” with other users, but the same can be seen for us as well. Sometimes we don’t really want that and would like to read messages without others knowing. With the new settings within WhatsApp, this will be possible. It is necessary to click on within the application Settings>Account>Privacy>Last seen and online and change the status to “Nobody“. There is also an option to set people who are your contacts for those who can see your statuses, and you can also return everything to normal mode and select “Everyone“.
- Seamlessly leaving groups – While participating in groups, we can disable their notifications, but leaving them used to be a problem because all their members would be notified. Now you just need to click on the group name in the application, scroll down and select “Exit Group“. The exit notification will only be sent to the group administrator.
- Blocking screenshots – Another great privacy addition in the WhatsApp app was the ability to tag photos or videos with “View Once“. The recipient of that content could only view it once, and this was ideal for use when sending sensitive information such as passwords or bank details. The only problem was that the recipient had the ability to take a screenshot and nothing could stop him from doing so. The new feature of WhatsApp now also prevents the creation of screenshots. Sensitive content, photo or video must be tagged with the tag “View Once” and WhatsApp should prevent the recipient of the message from taking a screenshot while the sent content is open.
All these interesting WhatsApp privacy additions will be available at the end of this month and can be tried on the new desktop version of the application.
Written by: Ervin Mičetić