As we reported last night, WhatsApp has finally launched an opp that lets you use the IM service from your PC or Mac. As of now, it will only work on Google Chrome and is available to Android, Windows Phone, Nokia S60, BlackBerry and BB10 users. Apple iPhone users are out of luck though as it doesn’t support the service due to iOS limitations. If you’re wondering how to get started with ‘WhatsApp Web’, we run you through the simple steps that need to be followed.
Firstly, you need to have Google Chrome browser on your PC or Mac. If you don’t, you will be asked to download Chrome, as it’s the only browser that works with WhatsApp Web currently. After you’ve got Google Chrome up and running, visit https://web.whatsapp.com. The homepage will have a QR code, that you will have to scan using your smartphone.
On your smartphone WhatsApp app, you probably will not have the ‘WhatsApp Web’ feature yet. Head over to Google Play Store/Windows Phone Store/Blackberry app world, to check if there is a pending update for WhatsApp. If there isn’t, you can manually update your version from here. Install the update and you should have the ‘WhatsApp Web’ feature embedded in the app now. It will show up on the top right Menu button inside the app.
Once you have the WhatsApp Web feature click on it and it should open the scanner. Get the scanner screen right in front of the QR code. The app will scan it, and once verified, it automatically activates your profile on WhatsApp Web through Google Chrome.
The interface is simple, with all your contacts lined up on the left, and your chat window takes up the rest of the screen. It retains all the emoticons, and you can send videos and photos seamlessly. It is important to note that WhatsApp Web only works in sync with your phone, so you have to ensure that your phone has data or Wi-Fi connectivity.
WhatsApp Web is currently a companion app with the smartphone and isn’t a dedicated native app. Nevertheless, it is a great start for users who had always craved to use WhatsApp on their PC without having to jump hoops by using services like BlueStack.