Very solid desktop client
This app integrates surprisingly well with the mobile app, considering that WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted. Despite fetching all messages from the phone, it has no lag and seems always reliable in making sure that the message is delivery correctly, even under poor network conditions.
Unlike the WeChat client, the WhatsApp client is even able to load history, in spite of the fact that it is coming from one's own phone rather than a company server. It's also able to send stickers. The user interface is a very consistent experience with the mobile app, and I find it much easier to use than any other client.
Good, but has potential to be better!
I really like the idea of this, to function much like iMessage does! However, there is definitely room for improvement. I would really like to see video calls supported on the desktop version as it is on mobile, much like FaceTime but with compatibility between different types of phones. I think this is the most useful feature that could be added. However, as some other users have mentioned, it would also be quite nice for this application to function without having your phone on, nearby, and connected. These changes would make this desktop version SO wonderful, up to par of the mobile version we all know and love. Would love to see these features rolled out sometime soon, please!
Need a “Mark as read” option and touch bar support
When i keep getting notifications from WhatsApp it blocks a portion of my screen for a few seconds, leaving it unusable. They should implement a “mark as read” option next to the reply button. Apple has added this feature to messages on MacOS High Sierra and it makes a world of difference.
A second thing that needs to be supported is support for the touch bar. Maybe add some things like emojis, forward, and reply buttons.
Besides that, this app does what its supposed to do.
2 stars for WHILE it’s connected to my phone
I’m on a cruise ship. I have (1) device capability for the internet package. In other words, I can use either my computer or my phone. So if I want to use my laptop, then my phone must be removed (logged out) from the internet. THEREFORE, I can’t get my important messages from WhatsApp while I’m on my Mac! So "What’sThePoint," is a good name for the Mac version of this app. It’s utterly, useless to me if I have to use my phone. Why not JUST use my phone? Why make an app for a laptop at ALL, if you need a phone to use it! It’s like having a miniature wallet attached with a chain, to my regular wallet - It’s not big enough to hold any cards or cash or photos or ANYTHING, but it looks JUST like the BIG wallet and takes up one more pocket in my pants…
Otherwise, it’s great because it does what it says it does...
It’s good, but could improve on these two little things
I work from the computer and WhatsApp have become part of the business communications, and being able to write messages on the keyboard is great!
But I wish two little adjustments that would greatly increase the user experience: 1) Be able to unselect a conversation: because if you leave the conversation selected and a message comes in, it will mark as seen for the user. 2) Be able to login on two computers at the same time (at least for the Business account). I work in pairs, and being able to answer from different computers (or browsers) would be great! Thanks!
Meh... not much better than the web version, and still needs the phone
Update (Jan/2019): this is COMPLETELY IDIOTIC. STOP FORCING UPDATES. At the very least give a grace period. It is UNACCEPTABLE for the application to simply stop working. Still does not work without a phone also being online. NO ADVANTAGE OVER THE WEB CLIENT.
Update (Jul/2018): wow, forced upgrades. Really hate this. The app will not work unless you upgrade RIGHT NOW. Have better things to do than to tend to your silly ideas of what is important. STOP BEING JUST ANNOYING!
Old review: Why? Why? Why? Why can't this app (or the web version) simply work WITHOUT THE PHONE? We are near 2020 and we still have ARTIFICIAL RESTRICTIONS on what networked devices can do? I mean, authenticate and then just work... No need to keep bitbanging back and forth to the phone... These people need to hire some good brains to work things out.
The concept was clearly a phone app and then along came a desktop app with the concept that people would only talk via phone and the laptop would only mirror the chat texts but the laptop had to prove you had a phone by scanning a barcode. I'm sure Whatsapp can justify this logic but really the history of something is not relevant when the end result is so bad.
Picture me sitting at my laptop with earphones - I receive calls on facetime/phone and talk to others on Skype with fully intergrated text - I don't really need a phone when I'm sitting at by desk. A call comes in on Whatsapp - I have to switch my headphones to my phone and then pickup the call on the phone instead of my laptop - how annoying is that?
Whatsapp won't be fully functional and world class until the desktop app works like it should.
Take Video within the App
I use WhatsApp as part of my remote teaching. Having the ability to manage a large group chat from my phone and desktop is very helpful. There are some lags in the desktop version, for example: an audio message sent from my phone take a very long time to load and play on the desktop version (or sometimes never load at all). I would love to see more of the phone app features come to the desktop version. The most helpful for me would be: the ability to record/send video directly from the desktop app.
Not much point
I don't understand why my phone has to be connected to the internet for this app to function. If my phone only has to be connected to the internet (and not the mobile network) why can't my computer being connected to the internet serve the same purpose. It's the standard issue I have with whatsapp -- if you're not using my phone's mobile connection why is it so strongly tied to the phone? They need to rewire things to be less dependent on the phone concept. Apple's message app doesn't need me to have my phone connected to the internet to work, why should this? I got the desktop app for when I travel and I can't always connect my phone to the web or can't connect it as easily.
Buggy and clunky despite getting constant updates
By HTZ Cactus
I don't get it... these guys update this app like every week.... each time it's for "bug fixes and improvements"... yet if you sat down and used this app, there's tons of blatant problems I'd say warrents a change. If you change to dark mode while the app is running (using an Automator script rather than system preferences… yes, it causes a different result), it crashes. Everyting is so fat... like this mammoth interface barely fits on the screen. It's totally not a native Mac app and it totally does not feel like it. Look at Apple's Messages app... even that is not great but it's miles better than what this is, even just from an interface standpoint.