WhatsApp Web is a browser plug-in that allows users to view messages from their mobile device on their computer or tablet. It is now possible to use WhatsApp Web for Android smartphones, as well as desktops and laptops that run Windows, OS X, and Ubuntu/Linux. This makes it much more convenient for those who need to access their text messaging from different devices.
WhatsApp Web is currently available on Google Chrome (version 34 and above), Mozilla Firefox (version 38 and above), and Opera (version 32 and above). You can access WhatsApp Web by scanning the QR code that you will find inside the mobile application. Once the browser has paired with your mobile device, it will automatically load all of your existing conversations.
WhatsApp Web uses your phone’s data connection (WiFi or mobile), so there is no need to install an application on your PC. You can then access WhatsApp from any browser, keeping the same familiar interface and features you are used to on your phone.
Many users do not know about the existence of this feature because it is not enabled by default. In addition to this, if you can not see the QR code in your mobile application, it means that WhatsApp Web is disabled for your account.
Guide for Enabling feature
Here you have a guide to follow step by step in order to enable this feature:
- Open WhatsApp on your Iphone and go to Options. Among several other settings, you should see a “WhatsApp Web” option.
- Tap on it and select WhatsApp Web in order to enable this feature.
- Back to the Options menu, tap on Account > Change profile picture > Scan QR Code . It will show you a QR code , which is very similar to an barcode. If you are not used to scanning codes, you can click here to see how it works.
- Open WhatsApp Web on your computer by scanning the QR code with your webcam or entering the URL that appears after clicking on “Enter a web address for this device”. You should be able to access all of your conversations from now on. It is also possible to use other browsers like Firefox or Opera.
- Go to WhatsApp Web on your mobile device and tap on Options -> WhatsApp Web in order to request authorization for other browsers, including the official web application .
- Enter your phone number and password and tap on “OK” in order to generate a new QR code. You will receive a notification which tells you that it can take some minutes for the process to complete, so be patient.
- As soon as the QR code appears, open WhatsApp Web on another browser (or application), such as Firefox, Windows 8 (or any other device) and scan the QR code. It should give you access to your conversations.
- Open WhatsApp Web on your mobile phone again, tap on Option -> WhatsApp Web in order to set up another browser or application like Internet Explorer, if that’s what you want.
WhatsApp Web works with Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8 / 7 – BlackBerry 10 and Nokia S40 devices (limited support). It does not work on older Linux distributions or the Firefox OS. It also doesn’t work on non-compatible operating systems like Apple’s macOS or Microsoft’s Windows RT/8/8.1/RT.
WhatsApp Web has been recently released for Android smartphones and desktops, which makes it much more convenient for those who need to access their text messaging from different devices at work or school. However, the web application doesn’t offer all of Whatsapp’s features yet. So keep in mind that you won’t be able to send voice messages, images, or videos using WhatsApp Web.
It’s important to mention that Whatsapp doesn’t work on some devices based on the Firefox OS (reported in Nokia X2 with WhatsApp web installed), but since this is an HTML5 application it may be possible to run through an Android emulator like BlueStacks or even a Raspberry Pi.
The web interface supports all of WhatsApp’s features, so users can see the messages they have received and sent via the mobile app. Additional security is provided by a 4 digit pin code to log in from any computer. In May 2014, WhatsApp announced with a notice that “WhatsApp Web” will only support the latest desktop browsers: Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.
WhatsApp Web is only available for the Android version of WhatsApp. Support for iOS devices was slated to come in “early 2015”, but has yet to be implemented. Users are able to access their accounts on other platforms by scanning a QR code using the WhatsApp client running on their phones. The interface is available in English, Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French; German; Hebrew; Hindi; Indonesian; Italian; Japanese; Korean; Norwegian Bokmål; Persian; Polish; Portuguese (Brazilian); Romanian; Russian; Spanish and Swedish .
- WhatsApp web has several limitations which make it incompatible with the mobile version of the application. For instance, Android users cannot attach photos or videos within WhatsApp web interface, even though they are able to do so using the Android app.
- Another limitation is that WhatsApp Web doesn’t support voice messages, making it impossible for users to send audio files from their computers. Also, there is no option to search for contacts or groups in WhatsApp Web.
- WhatsApp doesn’t provide information about which features are supported by the web-service and which ones aren’t, so people who want to use it should be aware of the limitations.