WhatsApp WebClient for Desktop
WhatsApp on Desktop
Today, for the first time, millions of whatsapp users will have the ability to use WhatsApp on their web browser. The new web client is an extension of the data from your phone, displayed in a Google Chrome page. It’s simple to set up, and as long as your phone has a data connection you’ll be able to send and receive messages via the WhatsApp service right from your PC.
In a blog post, WhatsApp wrote that
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.
How to use it?
To use, point Chrome to web.whatsapp.com and scan the QR code displayed in the browser using the latest version of WhatsApp.
Why do you have to take a picture of a QR code to log into WhatsApp Web? WhatsApp uses phone numbers and SMS to verify users instead of traditional usernames and passwords. This is why you do not see a normal login screen. TechCrunch also pointed out that it somehow uses your phone for more than just the initial login. If you phone dies, then your WhatsApp Web session also disconnects.
There are several limitations with WhatsApp Web. The biggest limitation is that iOS devices are not supported. WhatsApp Web is accessible through Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry or Nokia S60 devices. You will need to have the latest version of WhatsApp installed on your phone and you have to run WhatsApp Web from the Google Chrome web browser. WhatsApp plans to launch WhatsApp Web for iOS users, but that timeframe is unknown. The reason why WhatsApp Web is not available for iOS now is due to “Apple platform limitations.”