WhatsApp for Mac launched with group calling feature

Following the launch of a redesigned WhatsApp desktop app for Windows earlier this year, Meta has now announced the launch of its new WhatsApp app for Mac.

| Updated on: Aug 30 2023, 12:11 IST
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1/5 Why does WhatsApp compress pictures while sharing it? This happens because in the Settings of the application the photo upload quality is set on auto by default, and therefore, the quality of the image while sharing depends on several factors like the internet connection, size of the image, and more. The app therefore, looks to downsize the image, which affects its quality. (PTI)
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2/5 How to send the best quality photo on WhatsApp: Open WhatsApp on your iPhone or Android device and click on the three dots to go to WhatsApp Settings. From Settings you will have to select Storage and Data. After that you will have to tap on the Photo upload quality and select the Best Quality option and then click on Ok. (REUTERS)
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3/5 Meanwhile, you can also check the steps to send photos and videos on WhatsApp here: Go to WhatsApp and open an individual or group chat where you want to send the photo or video. Click on the Attach icon, then follow the steps mentioned below: (PTI)
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4/5 On an Android device, click on the gallery to select an existing photo or video from your phone. Tap and hold to select multiple images. You can also add captions to photos and videos. Swipe between photos to add captions to each one and finally click on the send icon. (REUTERS)
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5/5 While iPhone users will have to click on the plus icon and then select Photo and Video Library to select a photo or video from your iPhone's photos or albums. After selecting a photo or video, tap Add at the bottom left to select multiple photos or videos at once. (Pixabay)
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WhatsApp’s native app for Mac can now be downloaded. Check out its notable features. (WhatsApp)

WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messaging platforms in the world, and it has changed the way we communicate. It has even replaced traditional SMS for many and has made staying connected easier with not only its instant messaging but also its media-sharing, calling and video-calling features. Not just on mobile devices, but users can take advantage of most of these features on desktops too.

Following the launch of a redesigned WhatsApp desktop app for Windows earlier this year, Meta has now announced the launch of its new WhatsApp app for Mac.

WhatsApp for Mac: What's new

The layout of the new native WhatsApp app for Mac remains familiar to Mac users, albeit with more functionality. With this update, Meta has now brought the group calling feature to Mac users, allowing them to connect with up to 8 people on video calls and up to 32 people on audio calls. Users can also see their call history, join a group call after it has started, and receive notifications about incoming audio and video calls even if the WhatsApp app is closed, Meta announced in a blog post.

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With the new WhatsApp for Mac, users will also be able to share files with others by simply dragging and dropping items into chat windows and viewing a more expansive chat history. The native WhatsApp app for Mac was rolled out to beta users earlier this year, as per a TechCrunch report. Users with devices running on Apple Silicon and macOS 11 Big Sur or newer could try out this new app before its public rollout.

Meta has announced that the new WhatsApp for Mac is available for download on WhatsApp.com, and it will be coming to the App Store soon.

Past updates

WhatsApp recently unveiled a new HD photo-sharing on WhatsApp, a feature that has been long-requested by users. WhatsApp has also revealed that they're planning to add a feature for sending HD videos in the future. Moreover, another feature will be rolled out soon that will allow users to create WhatsApp groups without a name.

Announcing this feature in a Facebook post, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote, “Making it simpler to start WhatsApp groups by naming them based on who's in the chat when you don't feel like coming up with another name.”

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First Published Date: 30 Aug, 11:49 IST