If you ever want to stop your desktop app sending and receiving your messages, simply log out of the desktop app.
How to get WhatsApp on Mac: third-party WhatsApp Web Mac apps
There are also other third-party Mac apps, which allow you to send and receive your messages. We've found a great third-party WhatsApp Web client for Mac users that offers push notifications, a neat UI and regular updates, completely free of charge. The app is called ChitChat but it's not on the Mac App Store, as the developer publishes the app (and its updates) via GitHub.
Simply head over to the ChitChat GitHub page and follow the instructions to download the app. Once downloaded, open the app and you should be greeted with the QR code login menu - simply open WhatsApp on your smartphone, head to the Settings menu and select "WhatsApp Web". You'll then be able to use your smartphone camera to scan the QR code on your Mac, and sync the two apps together. Once complete, you'll be free to send and receive messages via ChitChat, with the latest notifications appearing in your Mac notification centre. We've got a more detailed tutorial on how to set up WhatsApp Web on an iPhone here.
As mentioned above, the app is a third-party app that wraps Safari (and the WhatsApp Web site) into an app wrapper, and as such, not all features are supported. While you'll be able to send and receive messages, view, download and send media, and even receive notifications, you're currently not able to record voice notes. We'll keep a look out for a Mac app that supports voice note recording, and we'll update this article with more options as and when we come across them.
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