The new WhatsApp for Windows no longer requires a smartphone to be connected to send, receive and sync messages. You can already download the new version of WhatsApp in Microsoft Store.

Previously, Windows users were offered the WhatsApp web application for the desktop, as well as the ability to access messaging through the web version directly in the browser. The new app is native to Windows, which WhatsApp explains should make it faster.

WhatsApp has updated the app for Windows, now it works without a smartphone

The redesigned WhatsApp has a slightly cleaner interface compared to the previous version of the app, but otherwise looks the same. The biggest change is that you no longer need to keep your smartphone connected to the Internet to sync messages between it and the desktop app. WhatsApp says it’s also currently working on a native app for macOS.