The popular messaging app WhatsApp can now be used on your desktop, via an extension in the Chrome web browser, according to an announcement made on the WhatsApp blog.
By being available in your web browser, rather than being a separate desktop application, your WhatsApp account will still be managed from your phone.
WhatsApp Web works by mirroring the data from your phone to your desktop, meaning you’ll still need a data connection to your smartphone for the desktop version to work.
It does, however, provide an easy way of messaging via WhatsApp using your keyboard from your desktop.
How to start using WhatsApp web
To start using WhatsApp web, you’ll first need to make sure you are using the latest version of the mobile app.
If you’re unsure what version you are using, head over to your app store and check for any updates.
I actually had to uninstall WhatsApp and reinstall the latest version on my phone in order to get the latest version that is compatible with WhatsApp Web.
Once you have the latest version of the mobile app, hit the settings button and you’ll see an option for WhatsApp Web appear in the menu.
Hit the WhatsApp Web option and from here your device will ready itself for you to scan a QR code which will enable you to use the desktop version.
The next stage is to go to https://web.whatsapp.com/ in the Chrome web browser on your PC. It is here where you will see the QR code. You then need to scan the QR code with your phone in order for the WhatsApp messages on your phone to appear on your desktop.
The desktop version of WhatsApp Web looks something like this:
WhatsApp Web not for everyone
Whilst WhatsApp Web provides a really convenient way of using the messaging service from your desktop, as it stands, it isn’t available to all WhatsApp users.
In order to use WhatsApp Web you’ll need to make sure you are using Google Chrome as the service isn’t yet available on Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari.
Perhaps more notable is that WhatsApp Web isn’t available to iPhone users due to “Apple platform limitations”, according to WhatsApp.
However, the service is available to those using WhatsApp on Android, Windows Phone, Nokia S60 and Blackberry, just as long as you also use Google Chrome web browser.
WhatsApp, which was bought by Facebook in Feb 2014, now has more than 700 million users who send on average around 30 billion messages per day.
Jonathan is our Google Nexus and Android enthusiast. He is also fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to writing about tech, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and has previously written for one the UK’s leading watch and horology websites.