The wait is over for the people who wanted to use Whatsapp on their desktops. Facebook-owned mobile messaging application has unveiled a new service for sending message for a web browser. WhatsApp which claims to have around 600 million users said its web service will be a ‘mirror’ and would require an internet connected phone to work.
In December 2014, its competitor Telegram had revealed that Whatsapp is working on this project.
“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 are still live on your phone,” WhatsApp wrote in a Blog Post.
Currently the service is only available for Google’s Chrome browser and will not be able to provide web client to its iOS users due to Apple platform limitations.
To connect web browser with WhatsApp client, user simply need to open web.whatsapp.com in their Google Chrome browser. Than users will see a QR code – scan the code inside of WhatsApp and paired WhatsApp on their phone with the WhatsApp web client.
Although it is a relief for people who wanted an omni-channel experience with Whatsapp, it still doesn’t solve the issue of using the messenger when their phones are off, since in order to use the messenger on the web, a person needs to have his/her phone connected to the Internet at all times. Also, while it is available for a majority of the platforms – Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone etc. iOS users can still not avail the feature.