+ Tuesday January 22nd, 2019 Ausdroid » Mobiles » Apps, Games & Google Services » WhatsApp gains web client – Android Only for now

Possibly one of the most widely used mobile messaging services: WhatsApp, has finally introduced an official way to view your WhatsApp conversations on the web.

Acting as an extension from your Android phone, the web client is displayed in Chrome and connected by scanning a QR code to sync your conversations with the web page. The web funcitons act as extension of your phone, mirroring all your conversations on your phone. As such, you still require a data connection to your phone to send and receive messages, this means that all your conversations will continue to live on your phone, with all your chat history intact.

To connect your phone with the web client, head over to https://web.whatsapp.com and scan the QR code displayed in the WhatsApp app on your phone. There’s a rider at the bottom of the page advising ‘Requires the latest version of WhatsApp’, which should be pushed to Google Play soon. WhatsApp has advised that this function is definitely Android only for now, with iOS not able to provide the functions due to limitations of the platform.

If you haven’t tried out WhatsApp yet, head on over to Google Play now and check it out.

A bit of a run-down on the how-to for connecting your phone to WhatsApp web, as some people are having some issues connecting. Firstly you’ll have to make sure you have the latest version of WhatsApp. Once you do, navigate to https://web.whatsapp.com/ on your PC and then you’ll see this :
WhatsApp Web

Open WhatsApp on your phone and go to the Settings Menu (three dots) and select ‘WhatsApp Web’. Hold the scanner over the QR code on your screen and you’ll be able to connect your phone and computer. Note this works for only one PC at a time, but you can remove the connection easily once it’s established.

After that, you’re good to go. Let us know how you go in the comments.

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WhatsApp Messenger
Developer: WhatsApp Inc.
Price: Free
Source: WhatsApp.

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David Watt
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The web version is really good. Though I don’t like that you need to keep the webpage open. This is annoying. They should have made it a system tray thing, like Hangouts. But it’s a good start!

Iain Simmons

Finally, a big name in online/mobile communications (besides Google) releases a major feature for Android first!

By the way, an extra little tip for using this: I used Tasker and Pushbullet to send me a notification on my desktop when I receive a WhatsApp message, with a link to the web version. That way I don’t have to keep the web app open all the time like they suggest.


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Andrew Davies
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Got it and played with it today. Absolutely awesome. Great to see a useful implementation of a QR code too haha.

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how did you manage to make it work? the qr scanner on my phone doesn’t do anything with the code

David Watt
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You need to update your WhatsApp app. The new est version has a built in QR code scanner. You don’t use a 3rd party one.

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