WhatsApp On PC, But Not If You Own an iPhone

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Your WhatsApp conversations can now be accessed on the web. There are some limitations though. You will need the Google Chrome browser. Your phone will need to stay connected to the Internet for the web client to work. Your phone cannot be an iPhone. Your phone can be a Windows phone, Android phone, BlackBerry or Nokia phone. You will need the latest version of WhatsApp (2.11.505)

Here’s how you can get your WhatsApp working on your PC, assuming you meet the criteria discussed above.

1. Go to http://web.whatsapp.com

2. Go to WhatsApp on your phone and choose WhatsApp for Web, as shown in picture below

whatsapp for web

 

3. Scan QR code that you see at http://web.whatsapp.com, as shown below, using your phone’s camera

whatsapp for web qr code scan

4. WhatsApp for Web is ready to use!

Now, once connected, the WhatsApp web client gives you exactly the same functionality that you get from your phone, as long as your phone is actively connected to the Internet. To log out your WhatsApp web client, you can log out either from your phone or from your web client.

For some reason, WhatsApp did not make a big announcement about WhatsApp web, choosing to go with a rather low profile blog post that can be read here. One reason for the rather low profile launch could be because the WhatsApp Web Client does not work on the iOS platform, meaning that iPhone users will not be able to use WhatsApp for Web on their Macs or even a PC for that matter.

Facebook simply said that WhatsApp for Web wasn’t possible for iPhone users because of limitations related to the iOS platform. As you might already know. iOS devices, unlike Android devices, used closed source OS platforms that make it hard for third party applications to do anything as serious as duplicate a phone’s native functions.

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Michelle, author at Mach Machines. A tech lover and an insatiable latte drinker. Michelle blogs about improving the personal computing experience.
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