WhatsApp’s Windows app now works without your phone.
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(Pocket-lint) – WhatsApp has rolled out an update for its native app on Windows, refreshing its design in a few ways but also detaching the app from your phone.
The new version will now continue to receive messages even if the app is not open and your phone is turned off, a big step forward that allows you to stop worrying about your phone’s battery in the back of your mind. .
Behind the scenes, the app is now native to Windows, and no longer a web app, which should make it more responsive than ever, if that was a problem for you before.
The app is also a little cleaner, with a more subtle use of color compared to the old version – for example the top of the app is no longer a garish green, but blends in with the rest of the display.
The new version of the app is available for download from the Microsoft Store here, although you may find like us that you’re still on the old version even after a reinstall.
This update will no doubt be coming soon, as WhatsApp is rolling out the change for its desktop users. You can also check WhatsApp’s FAQ section for some more details on how the new version works.
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Written by Max Freeman-Mills.