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5 things that WhatsApp Web cannot do

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WhatsApp Web was rolled out by the company earlier this week, giving you the opportunity to use the chat app on your PCs and Macs. This feature is not standalone and acts as a companion platform, therefore your phone and PC both needs to be always connected to the Internet. Apart from not being available for iPhone users and working only on Google Chrome, there are a couple of things missing from the web client. Here are the obvious ones.

You cannot change your name, profile picture

For one you cannot change your name like you can on the app. If you are desperate to change it, you will have to fire up the app on your phone and do it there. That s not the only limitation, and you cannot change your profile photo either. You can see it and expand it, but you cannot change it. It would have been a welcome feature, since many people store their photos on their computers.

You cannot change your status

Feeling like sharing your feelings with your WhatsApp buddies? You will again have to use the mobile app to do it, since WhatsApp Web doesn t allow you to change your WhatsApp status.

You cannot change your chat settings or privacy

Over the web, you cannot disable read receipts, last seen or decide who sees your status. You cannot delete conversations, or email them like you can do on the app. Basically, the ‘chat settings’ and ‘privacy’ option on the app is absent on the web.

You cannot block people

There is no option to block unwanted people. Often, WhatsApp users feel the need to block spammers and unwanted unknown users. The easily accessible feature on the app, is completely absent on the web client.

You cannot create or edit groups

If you are an active WhatsApp user, you are inevitably a part of groups made by family, friends and colleagues. Proactive users who make the groups have the power to edit users in and out of the group. On the web, you cannot create or edit groups. Furthermore, you cannot add or delete members, neither can you change the name of the group you’re in. All of that can only be done through the smartphone app.

Even though all of these features are missing from the app, it is still a good add-on for heavy PC users. The web client is smooth and works without any lags. It is a definite crowd puller, for those who want to stay connected on WhatsApp while on the PC, without picking up the phone every time. Latest stats indicate that WhatsApp has a userbase of 700 million active users, and this web client is a boon for further ease in communication. If you’re having trouble getting WhatsApp Web started on Google Chrome, follow these simple steps.

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  • Published Date: January 23, 2015 3:28 PM IST