WhatsApp launches Web Client: Here’s What You Need To Know
WhatsApp in now available for desktop, thanks to a web client that launched for Chrome and Android.
With over 700 million users, WhatsApp is one of the largest chat clients in the world, and the app’s growth has fueled rumors concerning the company’s next move.
As you may have imagined, this allows you to use your computer to send and receive WhatsApp messages.
Last summer we already mentioned why WhatsApp is the new kid on the social block and why you marketers need to imbed the network within your content marketing strategy.
The launch of the web client makes our (professional) lives much more easy.
Here’s what you need to know to get started with it:
1. WhatsApp Web only works on Chrome
WhatsApp mentions that the web client is only available on your Chrome browser. Other popular browsers, like Firefox and Internet Explorer are not supported yet.
2. iOS is not supported (yet)
Before you get excited (as we did): WhatsApp Web is available on Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, or Nokia’s old S60 OS. Unfortunately you cannot use it with the app on your iPhone. WhatsApp has a vague explanation for this: it can’t enable the web client with iOS “due to Apple platform limitations”.
3. You need to be connected with your smartphone
WhatsApp Web syncs with the WhatsApp app on your smartphone, meaning that your phone needs to be connected to the internet. When your phone is switched off, or has no internet connection, WhatsApp web won’t work.
There’s no backup of messages in the cloud, the web client simply imports the messages from your phone. Therefore it’s necessarily to have a continuously data connection. Messages are available on both devices, similar to Facebook Messenger or Apple’s iMessage.
4. Start a conversations and sending photos and videos
WhatsApp Web can be used to start new chats, chat within existing conversations and search for chats. Unfortunately starting a group chat using WhatsApp Web is not possible yet, something you definitely want as a conversation manager. The web client can also be used for sending photos and videos.
5. How to get started
Once you have the latest version of the WhatsApp, you’ll find a new option in the menu for WhatsApp Web. Tap this menu option and you’ll be taken to the WhatsApp control area on your phone.
Now visit web.whatsapp.com in your Chrome browser on your computer. You’ll be presented with a QR code to scan from within WhatsApp. Scanning this QR code will log you into that browser and your messages will appear exactly as they are on your phone.
Looking forward to your first experiences with the web client, let us know in the comments below!
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Laurens Bianchi is an online marketing professional from the Netherlands and has been blogging on ViralBlog since 2008. Laurens is the Founder of Share Force One, a content agency which is specialised in the sports, event and entertainment market. Follow him on Twitter or contact him on LinkedIn.