WhatsApp, everybody’s favorite instant messaging app has finally come to the desktop. The company launched the web based version of the app allowing Whatsapp users the world over to now chat with their counterparts over the web.
That said, there are certain restrictions that apply to the web client. For one, the web service is only available on Google Chrome browser for Android, Windows Phone, Nokia $60, Blackberry and BB10 smartphones. iOS users will have to wait it out while WhatsApp figures out its way around Apple’s platform limitations. Secondly, WhatsApp Web service is only available as an extension of the phone and is not an independent or standalone service. That means that if your phone is not working or is switched off, the desktop version of Whatsapp won’t work. If you happen to meet these requirements, then here’s how you set up WhatsApp Web on your PC.
Requirements for WhatsApp Web
– An active Whatsapp connection on your smartphone.
-An internet connection on your phone and computer
– Google Chrome browser. (Click here to install it if you don’t have it). Other browsers are currently not supported, but that should change in the future.
How to Setup WhatsApp Web on PC
1. Go to https://web.whatsapp.com on Google Chrome.
2. You will notice a QR code on the screen.
3. Scan the code on your Android, Blackberry or Windows Phone. On your phone, open WhatsApp, and from the menu select WhatsApp Web. This will open up the QR code scanner. Move the scanner over the code on your PC to activate WhatsApp Web on your PC.
Remember, the web client version must be connected to your phone to sync messages.
At the top of the web client, you have the option to turn on desktop notifications.
You can now access WhatsApp and all your favorite features including emojis, photo and video attachments, voice messaging, features on the desktop.
You can navigate to the WhatsApp Web menu on the phone to view your logged in computers or log out of a session.
That’s it folks! If you are a WhatsApp user, do check out this handy service and tell us if this makes your IM chats a lot more easier. Or do you prefer the mobile version?