After numerous requests, WhatsApp is now accessible on iPads. The messaging app was initially limited to iPhones and Androids, but a web version allowed users to check messages on a computer. However, the creators continuously declined to make an iPad version. That has changed.
Earlier this week, WABetaInfo announced the beta launch of WhatsApp version 188.8.131.52 on TestFlight. This updated version now allows for compatibility with iPads by utilizing the companion mode feature to connect an iOS account to a secondary device.
There are some complexities and restrictions that should be kept in mind. This feature is currently in beta and to access it, you must be a member of the limited WhatsApp iOS TestFlight beta program. As a beta version, there is a chance that the new update may have issues that the developers are unaware of at this time.
Additionally, it remains unattainable to download WhatsApp onto your iPad without owning an iPhone. The process entails installing the beta versions on both devices, then accessing the settings on the iPhone and selecting the ‘Link a device’ option. After this step, the iPad will function with WhatsApp separately–even if the iPhone is turned off or disconnected from the internet–however, having an iPhone is still a requirement.
Aside from these limitations, this is significant news for the numerous Apple users of WhatsApp. Throughout the years, there has been a considerable amount of traffic to our tutorial on how to install WhatsApp on iPad. If the beta testing goes smoothly, there is optimism that this feature will eventually be accessible to all iPad users.