Now you can access WhatsApp on your PC
Messaging app WhatsApp’s popularity is all set for a hyper surge with Thursday’s unveiling of the application’s web browser version that allows users to access it on computers.
With over 600 million users globally, WhatsApp has been available so far only on smartphones across operating systems Android, iOS, Windows and BlackBerry.Announcing the latest move on its blog, WhatsApp said: “Today, for the first time, millions of you will have the ability to use WhatsApp on your web browser.” The web client is an extension of the user’s phone with the web browser mirroring conversations and messages from the user’s mobile device.
This should bring much cheer to WhatsApp’s estimated 70 million active users in India. In fact, Indian users make up over a 10th of WhatsApp’s global user base. Bought over by social networking giant Facebook last year in a blockbuster $19-billion stock-and-cash deal, WhatsApp has consistently added new users in the country and other markets such as Brazil.
To connect the web browser to WhatsApp client, users can go to “web.whatsapp.com” in Google Chrome browser and scan the QR code.
“Your phone needs to stay connected to the internet for our web client to work, and please make sure to install the latest version of WhatsApp on your phone,” the WhatsApp blog post said. The chat service will continue to be active on smartphones.
The blog entry clarified: “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.”
However, the service is currently available only for Android devices. It works only with Google’s Chrome browser. Users of iPhone will have to wait due to “Apple platform limitations”, the blog entry said.