Recently, WhatsApp released its premier desktop app, which offers a new level of using this messaging app. After years of primarily being used on smartphones, the Facebook-owned company introduced the app, saying it’s a new way of staying in touch anytime and anywhere.
The recently released desktop app, WebApp extension, which was released in 2015, and the WhatsApp application on your phone are the same. The desktop app mirrors your messages and conversation from the WhatsApp on your phone. Meaning the two platforms are synced and you can shift from one to the others, effortlessly. All that is on your mobile device WhatsApp will be found on your desktop app provided your mobile’s app is active.
WhatsApp desktop app brings more convenience to the user- when you’re using your PC, you don’t have to keep on checking your mobile device when checking or sending a WhatsApp message. This will be very useful to those who spend most of their time using a PC.
The difference arises on the convenience and ease of use. When using the desktop app, messaging becomes easier. You can write a longer message and type faster, as you have a bigger keyboard, compared to that one on your mobile device. By using the desktop app, you shall enjoy the advantages of using a PC when messaging.
With the new desktop app, you can message, share images and documents, to your friends, family, and colleagues, similar to your mobile WhatsApp app. But there is something different with the desktop app. When you want to start a new conversation but you don’t want to close the existing one, you just have to alt-tab, and you will open a new chat, without closing your continuing chat. This is not possible from your mobile device.
A look at the WebApp, which was released in 2015 and the newly introduced desktop, show that the two apps are very similar. They both allow you to utilize the keyboard shortcuts and desktop notifications. Additionally, the desktop app is responsive and fast. This may not be a big difference since even the mobile device app is also fast, especially when sending a standard text. However, when sending a bigger file, either a video or an image, are considered to be to be faster.
Another difference on the interface between the two. When using the WhatsApp on your mobile device, the screen is smaller and sometimes glaring at it may be tiresome. When using the desktop app, the viewing interface changes completely. The interface is bigger, the resolution is better and typing a message is faster and improved. You will not have to struggle with your small screen, especially if you have poor eyesight. Additionally, chatting in a group now becomes easier. You can now easily track groups’ conversations without losing track of where you started.
The release of WhatsApp desktop app opens up a new frontier of use of WhatsApp, and this is in the business sector. Initially, WhatsApp use in business was very minimal. Very few businesses had adopted WhatsApp as their main messaging platform.
This could have been contributed by the app being primarily for use in mobile devices. Later, after the release of the WebApp, using the app on a PC made it a bit easier to use the platform.
This is because messaging became easier when typing on a bigger screen and reading on bigger screen. Therefore, with the release of the desktop app, the use of WhatsApp in business communication may take a whole new turn. The new desktop app is friendlier and easy to use compared to the mobile device app, in a business environment.
The released desktop app can do everything the mobile device application can do. However, the appearance has changed a bit. This affects the ease of use and navigation when using the app. On the mobile device, the arrangement is based on the phone default positions of the buttons. On the desktop app, this is different.
For example, when you open an individual chat, you can have three things appearing on the screen; the chat, the contact info, and the chat list. This makes navigation of the desktop app easier when you get used to it, but at the first moment, you may find it confusing.
However, there is a challenge with the desktop app during installation. The process of verification and scanning the QR code can be tedious when doing it for the same time. Luckily when you are logged in, it is simple.
In conclusion, WhatsApp desktop app can perform all that the mobile device based app can do. You can send and receive messages and images from your PC. The syncing feature means everything, which is on your mobile device WhatsApp, shall be found on your desktop app. There are benefits, which the desktop app, brings on board. They include a bigger keyboard, bigger screen, and improved speed.