WhatsApp for iPad is still in beta stage and the final product will likely be even more polished and feature-rich.
Instant messaging platform WhatsApp has reportedly introduced a native app for iPad that is currently in the beta testing stage. According to WABetaInfo, the social media company released a native app built with Mac Catalyst, a technology developed by Apple that allows developers to seamlessly extend their iOS and iPadOS apps to run on macOS.
“Finally, after waiting for a very long time, we’re happy to announce that a beta version compatible with iPad can now be installed via the TestFlight app for all beta testers who can already use the beta app on their mobile devices,” the report noted.
The availability of WhatsApp for iPad has been eagerly awaited by users, as it offers a more optimized and convenient experience for those who prefer using the messaging platform on their tablets. This update means that while iPad users can now access WhatsApp through a dedicated application, it may still have some experimental features and could be less stable compared to the main iPhone version. It is worth noting that beta versions often receive updates and improvements based on user feedback, so the final release of the WhatsApp app for iPad is likely to be even more polished and feature-rich.
For setting up WhatsApp on your iPad, users will need the beta iOS version of the app installed on their iPhones and iPads. Then, open WhatsApp Settings on the iPhone, go to Linked Devices, and click “Link a device” to scan the QR code using your iPad. Users will be able to use WhatsApp independently after linking the iPad with their iPhone and without the need for their phone connected to the Internet. All the messages sent or received on the iPad will be synced with the user’s phone, and these remain end-to-end encrypted. The beta version is being rolled out gradually, so not all iPad users may have immediate access to it, but it is expected to become more widely available as testing progresses.