WhatsApp comes to the Web

Whatsapp comes to the web. Awesome
Whatsapp comes to the web. Awesome

Last night it was announced by WhatsApp on its blog that the popular chat client can now be used within browsers instead of just on mobile phones (Or using some mobile phone OS simulators such as Bluestacks, Visual Express or the Android development kit)

Said the post:

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.

To activate this web app you simply go to http://web.whatsapp.com and then scan the PR code there using your mobile phone. The latest versions of WhatsApp have been updated to give you the option of scanning the PR code.

I just did it on my Windows phone and it works like a charm.

On a Windows Phone make sure you have the latest version of Whatsapp, open Whatsapp then click the 3 dots for menu and you’ll see a new addition to the usual items:

Select "whatsapp web"
Select “whatsapp web”

Click on Whatsapp web and it’ll open the QR code scanner interface. Scan the code generated on your browser (has to be Google Chrome for now) and it’ll work. Just like that. If you’re using Firefox you’ll be met with the following message:

WhatsApp Web is not available for Chrome yet
WhatsApp Web is not available for Firefox yet

You do have to keep your phone connected to the internet though.

Great development I must say, though it makes it easier for spam message creators and the fellas who make very long stupid jokes. I could literally copy and paste a whole book and send it to someone. Just to see what happens.

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Tawanda Moyo

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