Meta is beta testing a tablet version of its popular WhatsApp app.

The iPad app works just like it does with a PC. You connect to it by scanning the QR code. On the left, you’ll see a list of your chats, and on the right, you’ll see your current chat. It’s practically an iOS app, but instead of seeing one panel at the same time, you see both.

WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart announced the update back in January 2022.

For some reason, Meta has never liked to create apps for the iPad. There is still no iPad app for Instagram or Threads, and even the Facebook app is just a poorly enlarged version of the iPhone app.

Messenger is the only Meta app with a normal iPad experience. But as WhatsApp becomes more central to Meta’s social ecosystem, it’s bringing the app to the iPad as well.

Meta is also working to make WhatsApp a cross-platform messaging service to comply with EU regulations.

Meta seems to want to turn WhatsApp into a more private social network. And the best way to attract more readers is to be ubiquitous, so after years of persuasion and pleading, tablet users WhatsApp may soon be available on your big screen.

As a reminder,WhatsApp has a function for editing sent messages.

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