WhatsApp finally lets you chat on your computer using Chrome

WhatsApp announced today that its chat service is finally headed to your computer. The messaging app has always been mobile first but that doesn't mean users want to be glued to their phones all the time.
Chatting on a laptop will require an Android, Windows Phone or BlackBerry device and the Google Chrome web browser (PC | Mac). iOS users are out of luck as "platform limitations" prevent this from working with the iOS app. Cue smug Android users.
To get WhatsApp working on your computer, you have to be running the latest version of WhatsApp. In Chrome, navigate to https://web.whatsapp.com and you'll see your personalized QR code. Open up the app on your phone and tap on the menu button (three dots on Android) and then tap WhatsApp Web. This will bring up a QR code scanner and will pair your phone with your browser.
The web app relies on the app running on your phone so if your battery dies on your device, the web app stops working.
WhatsApp recommends having your Android phone connected to Wi-Fi to reduce data usage, which can build up if you share a lot of images using WhatsApp.
It looks like WhatsApp for Android doesn't support the web client as of yet (verified on Moto X running WhatsApp version 2.11.498). The next update should bring the feature to Android. Let's hope it's released soon.
Source: WhatsApp


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