It is now possible to use WhatsApp on a web browser such as Firefox, Chrome or Opera as well as use it in a tablet application.
What this means is that it will be possible to use the app on multiple devices at the same time, be it a phone, laptop, tablet or a desktop, without any problems.
If you are still using WhatsApp on your phone alone, here is how you can start using it on all of the devices at your disposal – a phone, tablet, laptop as well as a PC, at once.
WhatsApp Web limitations
The first thing you need to know is that WhatsApp Web currently works only on the Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Nokia phones and not on the iOS devices. According to the Facebook-owned company, there are some Apple platform limitations that are resulting to this omission. In addition, you cannot access this application on your PC unless you install any of Google Chrome, Opera or Firefox web browsers. Another thing is that you must be using the latest version of this IM on your phone.
How to use WhatsApp Web on PCs
There is nothing easier than using WhatsApp from your web browser. On your PC, launch the Chrome browser (Firefox or Opera) and point it to web.whatsapp.com. In case you are using a tablet, make sure you stick to the desktop site when visiting the above page. This must be adjusted via the Chrome settings so as to allow display of the desktop site. A QR code will show up on the PC screen.
Launch the phone app and then click on the menu icon so as to access the WhatsApp Web option. You’ll notice a QR reader opening on your phone with some instructions of how to proceed from there. Point the QR reader to the screen via your phone’s rear camera so that it can read the code. When this process is successful, you will automatically be logged in to WhatsApp Web on your PC or tablet.
WhatsApp Web user interface
There is nothing very strange about the interface of WhatsApp Web as it looks no different from the phone app. However, note that the desktop client supports notification alerts, which you may want to disable via the settings menu. Just tap on the three dots to get more options where you can click on Notifications and then turn off Desktop Alerts & Sounds.
Even though the interface of this app is no different from what you get on WhatsApp, you will come across some differences in how things work. It’s a little different to start a conversation on the Web app where it involves clicking on the search function as opposed to the phone app, where the users can easily start a new conversation by clicking on the new message icon and then add a contact. The search function on the web app also lets you filter current chats.
When inside the chat window, you will notice huge similarities with the phone app. The microphone and emoticon icons are placed on either side of the text entry field and the top there is a paperclip icon for attaching files. You can also use the ‘More’ options icon to view contact info and just like the phone app, you will also come across the single and double grey ticks as well as the blue ticks.
WhatsApp Web privacy and security
It is advisable to log out of WhatsApp Web app, especially if you are on a shared PC. To do this, you can go to the menu options and log out. The same can be done from the phone via the WhatsApp Web menu. Unless you specify this, WhatsApp Web will keep you logged in; however, you will have to again scan the QR code to log in the next time you want to use WhatsApp on your PC.
The messages you receive will be synced instantly between your phone and browser; thus, you need to keep your phone connected to the internet as well. As a result, it is advisable to connect using Wi-Fi.