Guide: Get WhatsApp on your desktop
WhatsApp just launched its new web browser client today. This means you can now send messages, pictures, videos and everything else you normally send on WhatsApp, but just from your computer.
The application is not a native app – in other words, it does not need its own number, or login details.
“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,” said WhatsApp on their blog.
So, you will use the same amount of data you do on your mobile, when you send a message from your computer.
How to get WhatsApp Web
WhatsApp Web is available for Android, old generation BlackBerry’s, BlackBerry 10’s, and Nokia’s. However, it is not yet available for iPhone users.
- First, you need to make sure that you have the latest version on WhatsApp on your phone. In order to check, simply go to your phone app store and check for updates.
- Then you need to go to: https://web.whatsapp.com/. A start up screen (see below) will come up.
- On your phone, you need to go to the WhatsApp web option.
- For Android: Go to menu, then WhatsApp Web
- For older BlackBerry: Go to chats, then menu, then click on WhatsApp Web
- For Windows and Nokia: Go to the menu and then WhatsApp Web
- For BlackBerry 10’s: Swipe the screen down from the top, and click on WhatsApp Web
- Once you have opened up the WhatsApp Web option in your phone, just hold your phone to the computer and scan the QR code (the black and white barcode on the screen).
- Finally, your WhatsApp with all your chats will open on your computer and you can carry on chatting as normal.
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