A piece of news that many WhatsApp users have been eagerly waiting for quite some time is finally here. WhatsApp is now officially available on your Web browser, a feature that many competing instant messaging services already have.
Though the WhatsApp roll out for desktop comes with a caveat – it is currently available only on Google Chrome browser. Though WhatsApp says it will add support for other browsers soon.
“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,” WhatsApp said in a blog post.
To connect your web browser to your WhatsApp client, go to web.whatsapp.com in your Google Chrome browser. Scan the QR code with WhatsApp on your phone and the WhatsApp on your phone would be paired with the WhatsApp web client.
Your phone will need to be connected to the Internet for the Web client to work. WhatsApp Web will however not available for iOS users due to Apple platform limitations.
WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook last year for nearly $22 billion. Facebook in October completed its buy of WhatsApp in a stock-and-cash deal.
The acquisition highlighted the stunning growth of mobile messaging but also prompted analyst questions on the price paid by Facebook and future plans for the service.