WhatsApp has become ridiculously popular around the world, with over 700 million daily active users, and while we’ve come to rely on the app as much as the next person, we’ve never liked the fact it can be accessed only on the phone. Yes, there are some workarounds for getting WhatsApp on a PC, but if, like us, you hate shuffling between the mobile and PC at work just to be able to use WhatsApp, there’s finally some good news.
WhatsApp has announced the launch of a new service called WhatsApp Web.
“Today, for the first time, millions of you will have the ability to use WhatsApp on your Web browser,” the messaging app said via a blog post. “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.”
Simply head over to https://web.whatsapp.com/ and as long as you are using Google Chrome, you’ll be given a chance to scan a QR code on the desktop screen via the WhatsApp app on your mobile. Make sure you are using the latest version of WhatsApp on Android, Windows Phone, or BlackBerry. If you are using WhatsApp on iPhone or wish to use a browser other than Chrome on your desktop, you are out of luck.
At the time of filing this report, the version of WhatsApp for Android that supports this feature was still in the process of being rolled out, so it’s possible you may have to wait a while to get your hands on this feature. If you are amongst the lucky few who’ve been able to get in, let us know your experience so far via the comments.