WHATSAPP ON YOUR DESKTOP COMPUTER!


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piece written on the 21st January 2015 by  

If there was ever an application I wanted on my computer and not just on my mobile phone, it would be¬†Whatsapp. Well, that is coming true as of today (I’ll come back to this), Whatsapp have launched a web app that runs inside your Google Chrome browser. It’s unfortunately not a native application, but I really do feel that it would be a wise move for them to venture down that road as I believe it will be well supported and appreciated.

Introducing: https://web.whatsapp.com/

whatsapp-desktop

But can you believe it, iPhone users have been completed left out! To access the desktop version, you have to this the website link and scan a QR code through Whatsapp. Apparently due to iOS limitations, iPhone users cannot participate yet – this information directly from Whatsapp.

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It really is quite a bummer that us iPhone users cannot make use of this, I hope they’ll find a solution in the not too distant future because I could really do with being able to communicate via my machine rather than mobile as I do with iMessage.

Have you managed to try it out, word out says it’s very slick…

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  • This would’ve been great if it weren’t for the fact that it only works in Chrome. I prefer Safari. I only use Chrome for testing purposes. And… I also have an iPhone, so no option for that yet. Maybe they’re waiting for Apple to pass the latest WhatsApp update to iOS before they add iPhone to the list. I know there’s been a huge backlog for app-update reviews from Apple after the holidays. Or maybe we’ll get lucky and actually get a native OS X App for WhatsApp, that would be really cool!

  • Seagram Pearce

    I’m pretty sure iOS won’t be too far behind on this. I’d imagine that a much larger percentage of WhatsApp users are in fact iOS based than Android. But yeah, as David said too, I dream of the day I can WhatsApp from my MBP too. We can pretty much do everything else, include answering damn phone calls too via OSx.

  • Maybe it’s awaiting approval in the App Store? Would love this feature!

  • val goslin

    There is a problem with devices that have a display smaller than 4 inches! Mini screens cannot tap the “OK, got it”-button to make the instructions of the built-in-scanner for QR code (from Whatsapp menu) go away. Let’s hope for a Fix in a later version soon

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