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WhatsApp is now available on PC

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For those who have been waiting for WhatsApp to be available on the desktop, the wait is finally over as the company yesterday confirmed the availability of its popular messaging app on desktops. Fortunately or unfortunately (depending on how you look at it), WhatsApp on desktop is only  available for those using WhatsApp on Android, Windows Phone or BlackBerry Smartphones, sorry iPhone users. WhatsApp says its web client doesn’t work with iOS due to Apple platform restrictions.

Since this web client is just a mirror of your Smartphone, all messages still stay on your phone. In a statement, WhatsApp said, “The primary use is of course still on your phone but there are people who spend time in front of a computer at home or at work and this will help bridge the two.”

Read: “Stop using WhatsApp plus or Risk Getting Banned” Warns WhatsApp

To get WhatsApp to work on your browser go to https://web.whatsapp.com on your Google chrome browser on a PC. From there, you will see a QR code which you will scan (directly inside WhatsApp) for it to work. To access the QR Code reader inside WhatsApp, you will need the latest version of WhatsApp.

Those with the latest versions can open the QR code readers and WhatsApp will take care of the rest. For those using WhatsApp on Android and Windows Phone, you can access the QR code reader by opening WhatsApp and going to the “Menu” from where you will see “WhatsApp Web”  tab. Tap that and it will open the QR code scanner which you can use to scan the QR code appearing on your chrome browser. Those on BlackBerry, open WhatsApp and swipe down from the top of the screen to access “WhatsApp web” tab.

Keep in mind that WhatsApp on your Smartphone needs to stay connected to the internet for the web client to continue working.

I have already used WhatsApp web client and I can say is that it’s a neat feature. I now don’t have to take out my phone to reply to messages.

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