WhatsApp Chief Confirms iPad App is a Possibility: 'We'd Love to Do It'

There could be a WhatsApp app for iPad coming in the near future, according to WhatsApp chief Will Cathcart. In an interview with The Verge, Cathcart said that people have long been asking for an ‌iPad‌ app, and that the company would "love to do it."

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Though Cathcart did not commit to a release date for a WhatsApp ‌iPad‌ app, the Meta-owned company already has the underlying structure in place for creating one. "We did a lot of work on the technology for supporting multiple devices," he said. "Our web and our desktop apps now have that. If I have multi-device on, I can turn my phone off or lose my network connection and still get messages on my desktop. That would be really important for a tablet app, to be able to use the app even if your phone isn't on. So the underlying technology is there."

Right now, WhatsApp is available on the iPhone, the desktop, and the web, but an iPad-specific app has been left out. WhatsApp is testing multi-device support that allows the desktop and web versions of the app to be used without an ‌iPhone‌, functionality that paves the way for the ‌iPad‌ app.

WhatsApp parent company Meta has made Facebook available on ‌iPad‌, but WhatsApp and Meta's Instagram app have never had native ‌iPad‌ availability, despite many users asking for the feature.

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HiVolt Avatar
31 months ago
LOL, what a dumb response. "We'd love to do it".

Why haven't you? It's like Apple with a calculator or weather app for the iPad.

FB wants you to only use these apps on phones, so they can track you wherever you are. an iPad doesn't afford such luxuries, because they're mostly used at home.
Score: 56 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BuffaloTF Avatar
31 months ago

Zero reason to use WhatsApp. Get Telegram.
Zero reasons to use Telegram. Get Signal.
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Attirex Avatar
31 months ago

Zero reasons to use Telegram. Get Signal.
Zero reasons to use any of them. I'm going to read a book instead and yell at neighbor kids.
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Pupi Avatar
31 months ago
This was also my excuse when I didn’t do my homework when I was a kid.

“Homework? I’d love to that mom, I really would. I got my notebook and pen to do it, so the technology is definitely in place - we will see. No promises though!"
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hagar Avatar
31 months ago

Zero reasons to use Signal, Just use Messages thats already built in
Zero reasons to use Messages. Just turn off your phone and go meet people.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
caliguy Avatar
31 months ago

Why would you trust a Russian app?
I trust an app made by a Russian far more than I trust Facebook :)
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)