In a move that’s been long-awaited by many, WhatsApp is finally extending its wings to the iPad. As per recent revelations, a select group of WhatsApp beta testers got a sneak peek into a version of the app that’s optimized for Apple’s tablet. This development, first highlighted by WABetaInfo, is part of WhatsApp’s TestFlight app version 22.214.171.124.
What’s the WhatsApp on iPad experience like?
From the initial glimpses, it’s pretty much the standard iOS app, but with a dual-pane view. Users can see their chat list on the left and the active conversation on the right. The setup is straightforward: scan a QR code, similar to linking your account to other devices.
Given the simplicity and efficiency of this design, it’s surprising that it took WhatsApp this long, especially after Will Cathcart, WhatsApp’s head, hinted at such a development back in January 2022.
Recent times have seen WhatsApp undergoing a slew of enhancements. From HD photos and video support to the rollout of Channels and multi-device usability, the app is evolving rapidly.
How to Get WhatsApp on Your iPad: A Quick Guide
If you’re part of the WhatsApp beta iOS program, you can dive into the iPad experience right away. For the rest, a little patience is needed until the official App Store release. For those who are a part of beta program, here’s how to get the WhatsApp app setup on iPad:
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Step 1: Ensure you’ve installed the beta iOS version of WhatsApp on both your iPhone and iPad.
Step 2: On your iPhone’s WhatsApp, navigate to Settings > Linked devices > "Link a device". Use your iPad to scan the QR code that appears.
Step 3: Once linked, you can use WhatsApp on your iPad without needing an active internet connection on your iPhone. Messages and calls remain synced across devices, ensuring you never miss out. Plus, the end-to-end encryption remains intact, safeguarding your privacy.
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