WhatsApp becomes a true FaceTime rival with new Mac app
WhatsApp for Mac
WhatsApp’s native Mac app makes using the messaging service a lot easier.
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WhatsApp is getting a native new Mac app that delivers a vastly superior experience than the current Electron-based app. It also supports up to 8 people on a video call and 32 on audio calls.

WhatsApp’s native Mac app makes it a better FaceTime alternative, as you can access almost the same set of features across your PC and phone.

WhatsApp’s new Mac app supports group video and audio calls

Besides adding support for group audio and video calls, you can join ongoing calls from the new WhatsApp app. If you use WhatsApp heavily for calling, you can even receive incoming call notifications with the app closed.

Do note that WhatsApp supports group video calling with up to 32 people. But the native new Mac app is limited to 8 people. This should still be good enough for most users, though. WhatsApp’s older Mac app was limited to one-on-one audio and video calls.

Redesigned app feels more intuitive to use

Compared to WhatsApp Web and the older Electron-based app, the native release is notably faster. It delivers the same experience as you’d expect from any other app natively built for the Mac. Another major usability improvement is the ability to drag and drop files into the app’s window for easy sharing.

Like with using WhatsApp on companion devices, your messages remain end-to-end encrypted. The new Mac app also allows you to edit sent messages, react to chats and more. Only support for sending disappearing messages and view-once media is missing. That’s only available on your primary WhatsApp device.

WhatsApp’s Mac app is compatible with macOS 11 and newer. You can download it directly from WhatsApp’s website.