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Microsoft Edge Joins Chrome, Firefox and Opera in Supporting WhatsApp Web

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Earlier this year, WhatsApp, the popular instant messenger that is driving major telecom companies nuts, came up with a Web version that lets users of this app do away with their phones but still keep chatting with WhatsApp contacts.

The new application dubbed WhatsApp Web works on a web browser and unlike many other clients, this Web chat client only works on a select number of web browsers. Initially, this application was launched for Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Nokia Symbian users, and it could only be accessed by users of Google Chrome. However, as time passed by, support for additional websites such as Firefox and Opera were included and just recently, iOS users were also brought on board.

The latest addition to this amazing WhatsApp Web platform is Microsoft Edge browser. Now that Windows 10 is here and Internet Explorer was not among the supported web browsers, there was an urgent need to address the matters of WhatsApp Web compatibility with this new Edge browser. What this means is that users of Windows 10 will be able to receive and reply to WhatsApp messages directly from their PCs.

There is a catch involved

Unlike Chrome, Firefox and Opera where users simply visit a special WhatsApp website to access a QR code for logging them into WhatsApp Web, Microsoft Edge browser requires an extra effort before achieving this compatibility. The official WhatsApp Web extension at web.whatsapp.com is not supported by the Edge browser; hence, some tweaks are needed to make things work. In this line, we have outlined for you a simple process that you can go through to enable the usage of WhatsApp Web on your Microsoft Edge browser for Windows 10.

The good thing here is that there is no third party involved in enabling this chat service on the Edge browser. If this browser is your primary search engine, it is a plus for you to know how WhatsApp Web can be enabled on this browser.

Enabling WhatsApp Web on Microsoft Edge browser for Windows 10

The first thing you will have to do is launch the Edge browser. As noted earlier, this browser must be tweaked for it to access the WhatsApp Web extension and find the QR code. To do so, you will have to press the F12 key on your keyboard to access the developer tools. Here, you will find the browser already requesting you to bring WhatsApp to life. In the F12 developer tools, click on Emulation tab and under the Mode option, you will notice an option where you can change User Agent String.

Under this User Agent String option, you have options of changing the default setting from Edge browser to any of your preferred browsers, be it Chrome, Opera or Chrome. After making this change, you can now use the usual process of logging into WhatsApp Web by typing web.whatsapp.com in the browser. A QR code will show up, and you Scan this code using your phone tolog into WhatsApp on your Windows 10 PC.

Note that WhatsApp Web has not been made official for Microsoft Edge; however, if you follow this process it will help you access your messages from a Windows 10 PC.