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WhatsApp Beta appears in the Microsoft Store, including ink and multi-device support

Whatsapp Beta Uwp Lede
Whatsapp Beta Uwp Lede (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • The UWP version of WhatsApp Beta is now available through the Microsoft Store.
  • Leakers recently shared images of the WhatsApp Beta UWP app.
  • The app supports inking, toast notifications, and WhatsApp's new multi-device functionality that lets you stay connected without your phone being online.

WhatsApp is working on a new app for Windows 11 and Windows 10. Leaks showed of the app earlier this week, and it's now available to download in its beta form through the Microsoft Store. Well-known leaker WalkingCat shared a link to the WhatsApp Beta listing on November 15, 2021.

The new WhatsApp app has a new design that looks a bit more at home on Windows. It supports inking and traditional toast notifications. The WhatsApp Beta app also works with the new multi-device feature for the service. This allows users to stay connected to WhatsApp even when their phones are not connected to the internet. Note that you have to enroll your phone in the multi-device beta to use this feature.

Here's the description of the app from its Microsoft Store listing:

Get WhatsApp Beta and you'll be one of the first to try updated features and share feedback about the new app. As always, your personal messages and calls continue to be protected with end-to-end encryption. No one outside of your chats, not even WhatsApp, can read or listen to them.WhatsApp is a free messaging and video calling app used by over 2B people in more than 180 countries. It's simple, reliable, and private, so you can easily keep in touch with friends and family.

We've downloaded WhatsApp Beta and will run it through its paces to see how it compares to using WhatsApp as a PWA and the older version of WhatsApp from the Microsoft Store.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

4 Comments
  • Just downloaded it, a couple things with the beta:
    1. Extremely slow UI and animations, sometimes it doesn't respond for a couple seconds even.
    2. The colon emoji function (for example writing ":heart" in order to post a heart emoji) doesn't work
    3. Unable to make the left side (the "chats" side) larger than what it is set as default
    4. When navigating submenus (eg: clicking on a contact's profile pic, searching for a text, clicking configuration) the focus does NOT go back into the messaging textbox, and it won't go back when clicking in the middle of the chat view, like it used to. You have to go all the way to the textbox and click it
    5. Cannot multiselect messages If you have issue with any of these, don't download the beta
  • Thanks for sharing, *two thunbs up*
  • Dark mode is also missing? from the current beta release.
  • It's 64-Bit only ffs. No ARM64 version.