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Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Now you have two ways to access WhatsApp on your computer

You did realise you could load it up on your browser in the first place, right?

THOSE USING WHATSAPP now have a second way to log into their messages without looking at their phone.

The service launched a desktop client early this morning for both Windows and Mac users. The version is only available for those who have Windows 8 and above or Mac OS 10.9 (Mavericks) and above.

The native app also comes with a few extra features including keyboard shortcuts, native desktop notifications and the knowledge that your messages won’t be lost in a sea of tabs in your browser. You can download the desktop version here.

79a77be6e2d3985e0a2bc8dd7d4a1f8086fc6334 The desktop version of WhatsApp. WhatsApp WhatsApp

Speaking of which, if that isn’t to your liking, there is a web version that’s been around for a while now. Going into will offer a similar experience and is useful if you’re working from an older version of Windows or Mac OS. If your browser allows it, you can also set up desktop notifications as well.

Logging into both is done the same way. Load up the page or open the app and take your phone. Open up the QR code scanner (on iOS it’s Settings > WhatsApp Web while Android is Menu (top right-hand corner) > WhatsApp Web) and scan the code on the screen.

Once you’ve that done, your conversations will be mirrored on your desktop so you can send messages while you’re working/procrastinating, handier than using your phone’s keyboard constantly.

You still need your phone to be on for it to work – it’s an extension rather than a replacement – but since many people already have their phones on all day, this shouldn’t be a problem.

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