Messaging apps are meant to help us communicate. And an effective messaging platform is one that allows you to continue with your conversation irrespective of which device you’re on – mobile, laptop, desktop or tablet. We’ve looked at quite a few messaging apps that let you switch between devices and continue your conversations. Here are our top 7 apps. Also Read - Worried about WhatsApp sharing your data? You're already sharing a lot with its parent Facebook
WhatsApp is the among the most popular messaging app around, if downloads, active users and such metrics are looked at. The service added web support in 2015, which turned out to be among its most useful update. If you don’t want to be with your smartphone all the time, you should try out the web version while you multi-tasking between your phone, laptop or desktop. Also Read - WhatsApp not mandatory to download, users can choose to opt out: Delhi HC on new policy
To use WhatsApp web, go to web.whatsapp.com on your laptop or desktop browser. To authenticate the connection, open the app on your smartphone, and go to the settings menu. Tap on WhatsApp Web. Scan the QR code displayed on your browser using your smartphone. For this to work, both your smartphone and computer need to have a working internet connection.
Unlike Whatsapp, switching between Facebook Messenger app and the web version doesn’t require additional setup. While the messenger comes integrated into the Facebook web already, for smartphone usage, installing Facebook Messenger app is mandatory. The app is available for both iOS and Android and it can be downloaded from respective app stores. ALSO READ: Facebook Messenger introduces emoji reactions, filters, masks on video chat
Signal messaging app developed by Open Whisper Systems is highly regarded among users who like to keep their chats private as it comes with advanced encryption services. The app is free, available for all popular platforms and it doesn’t bug you with pesky advertisements also. The company introduced the web client two years ago and continues to keep up the private messaging experience on desktop as well.
You can access Signal on the desktop via a Google Chrome extension that requires minimal setup. The desktop version lets you create a private group chat, send text, picture, and video messages without hassles.
Telegram messenger app is known for its end-to-end encrypted conversation and self-destructing messages which can be exchanged via the Secret Chat feature. The messaging service comes with its own web client which can be accessed via web.telegram.org. Once you are logged on to the web page, you can enter your registered mobile number, to generate a one-time password. Hereafter, enter the OTP you receive on your smartphone and you will be signed into the web client. Telegram Messenger is available for Mac, Linux and Windows.
WeChat comes with its own web client as well. To use WeChat on your desktop, go to web.wechat.com. The web page pops up a QR code as well, which you can scan from the WeChat app on your smartphone. Go to Discover > Scan QR code.
WeChat also comes with support for Desktop client, available for Windows only. To download the desktop app, head on to weixin.qq.com. Upon download, install the application and sign in with you registered WeChat ID. The desktop client is said to offer support for video calling and WeChat group chats as well.
The web client of Line works a bit different from the other messaging app. To run Line of the web, it is mandatory that you have Google Chrome installed on your computer. The Japan-based messaging app released a Chrome extension for users to run the application in the browser. The Chrome extension from Line app can be downloaded from Google Chrome Web Store.
The Chrome Extension for Line brings onboard complete messaging support, and syncs your contacts and messages. It also offers full sticker support and you can also add attachments.
With Apple, it’s a bit tricky, since the service is available only in the Apple ecosystem. You’d end up using the service by default if you’re an Apple user. If you have a macOS and iOS device with you, and they’re connected on the same network, you’d have a seamless handover between your iPhone and Mac for all your default conversations.