You can now access WhatsApp through your web browser

You may have good reason to cheer the arrival of WhatsApp for web which was recently announced by the developers behind the popular messenger application. But this new introduction merely mirrors what’s on your phone, something you can do with AirDroid and the likes already. So there’s nothing particularly exciting about the release unless you count the ability to officially use the app while working on your PC to be an advantage.

WhatsApp for web is currently available through the Google Chrome browser, and supports Android, BlackBerry, Symbian S60 and Windows Phone. On a side note, Microsoft’s mobile platform is officially dead, in case you didn’t already know. As for the messaging tool’s new desktop extension, it won’t accommodate Apple iOS devices due to what the developers delicately call ‘platform limitations’.


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Follow this link from your Google Chrome browser to check out WhatsApp for web for yourself. The landing page displays a QR code you must scan with your phone in order to log into your account. So do make sure you have a scanning application downloaded onto your device. Once you’ve scanned the provided code, the web client and the messenger service on your handset will be paired.

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It goes without saying that you have to ensure the latest version of WhatsApp is installed on your smartphone. Also, the device in question will need to stay connected to the Internet via cellular data or a Wi-Fi connection in order for its desktop reflection to work. It’s all smoke and mirrors; the messages, photos and other content are not going anywhere and will remain within your handset.

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So what do you think about WhatsApp for web?