WhatsApp – the world’s most popular mobile messaging application – is now available for the Web – in a form that pairs the mobile version of the application to a user’s desktop computer.
In a blog post on Wednesday night WhatsApp said that the service was now available to users who have installed the app on phones running Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry OS.
“Today, for the first time, millions of you will have the ability to use WhatsApp on your web browser. Our web client is simply an extension of your phone: the web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device — this means all of your messages still live on your phone,” WhatsApp noted on its website.
How to use WhatsApp in Web?
Using WhatsApp on the is somewhat different compared to how we use other web-based instant messaging services like Google Talk.
- To use WhatsApp in a web browser, take following steps:
- Update the WhatsApp app on your phone.
- Open htts://web.whatsapp.com in Chrome. Other browsers are not supported for now.
- You will see a QR code. Open WhatsApp and go into menu by pressing on three dots on the top right corner of the app.
- From the options select WhatsApp Web
- Point your phone’s camera towards the QR code inside the browser.
- This will pair the phone and WhatsApp data with the browser. To make sure you don’t have to repeat the procedure you can check the box so that your login details are remembered.
When you use WhatsApp on web, messages are synced with your phone in real time and WhatsApp says that the phone should remain connected to a data connection even if you are using the web version of the service.
Anirban Kalita is Executive Editor of News Section. His role is also involved with reviewing, editing of articles before publishing.
By academic Anirban is MTech of Computer Science & Technology.