On Wednesday, WhatsApp announced in a blog post what its users have long been waiting for — an official desktop version. Dubbed as ?WhatsApp Web,? this desktop client mirrors conversation threads present on the mobile version of the app.
WhatsApp Web finally arrives
The team behind the popular messaging app explained that this is simply an extension of the mobile version. It means all messages can still be viewed, received, and sent, on your phone. WhatsApp mentioned that your handset still needs to be connected to the Internet and that it runs the latest version of the application.
It looks like not all of the Facebook-owned messaging service?s 700 million users will be able to enjoy WhatsApp Web. According to the post, the developers aren?t able to provide support for iOS users for now citing ?Apple platform limitations.? It currently works on mobile platforms such as Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, BlackBerry 10, and Nokia S60 (Symbian).
A timeframe for the arrival of an iOS web client is not mentioned in the post but a WhatsApp spokesperson told The Verge that it is indeed coming although ?the timeframe is still unclear.?
Moreover, you?ll need to use the Chrome browser for this system to work. When I tried to access the WhatsApp Web URL in Firefox, I got this message: WhatsApp Web only works in Google Chrome. More browsers coming soon.
How to setup WhatsApp Web
Setting up is fairly easy. You may follow these steps.
- Make sure you?re running the app?s latest version and that you have an active Internet connection.
- Go to the WhatsApp Web site.
- Open WhatsApp on your phone, bring up the options and select ?WhatsApp Web.?
- Scan the QR code that appears on the web client and it will automatically pair with the mobile version.
Photo Credit: ?WhatsApp Web