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Your Favorite Chat App Now on Your Desktop

Everybody loves WhatsApp. More than 700 million people all over the world use it to chat with each other at anytime and from anywhere. Over 70% of all people who have this app on their mobile use it daily. Those are staggering stats. WhatsApp took the idea of old world chat messengers to the next level by combining it with your mobile numbers.

But just like many other phone only apps, people wanted to have an option to use it on desktop too. This is because many people still use their PCs as their primary modes of working and so it is distracting to work on a PC or laptop and then chat on your phone simultaneously.  So, it is hardly a surprise that WhatsApp has done the inevitable by introducing desktop capabilities to expand its user base.

Things you should know

If you want to use WhatsApp on desktop, you need to know a few things first:

Firstly, it is not an independent desktop application. You have to use it through your phone. It just mirrors the phone interface on your desktop.

More importantly, the experience is provided through chrome browser and can be accessed through Android, Windows or Blackberry phones. Yes, that means it is not for iOS users. It has pointed to technical limitations restrictions on iPhones as a reason.

On the other hand the good news is that the whole process is done through the phone even when it is connected to the PC. So, you do not need a separate internet connection on the desktop in order to use this facility. To look at it another way, to use WhatsApp on your PC your phone and PC need to be on the same internet connection.

Setting Up WhatsApp on your PC

Setting up WhatsApp on your desktop is a simple process. In order to make it even simpler, just follow the steps given below,

  • For now, It works only on the Google Chrome Browser. Most people are using it anyways. But if you are using Firefox or god forbid, the Internet Explorer then you must download and install this one. Do not worry, it does not cost a thing and can enhance your overall web experience too, with or without WhatsApp.

    Once you have the Chrome browser in place, open the following address in it https://web.whatsapp.com/

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  • Once you open it, a QR code will be seen on the PC screen. You need to scan the same with the phone you are using. For this purpose, go to the WhatsApp menu on your phone and find “WhatsApp web”. Tap it and then scan the QR code on desktop with it.

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  • Once it is verified, you will be able to login. It is good for security too and people without your phone cannot log into your account this way. Do note that it will NOT work on an iPad even if you are using some compatible phone.
  • Now you are ready to chat directly from your desktop. Just keep in mind that it is only being used as a front for your convenience. You conversations and histories will continue to be on your phone only. Also, your phone must not get disconnected from internet if you have to continue chatting.

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  • One thing that is unique here is the desktop notification. This is an extra capability that has been added for the web version. Notifications arrive with a sound alert when you receive a new message, even when the browser is minimized so that you do not miss anything.
  • But if you have privacy issues or share your system with other people and want to turn these notifications off, you can do so in the settings menu. Just go to notifications and turn off desktop alerts as well as sounds if you think they are becoming too intrusive.
  • Another interesting aspect here is that apart from tapping on a new message, you can also start a chat by just using the search function and finding your desired contact.
  • You are can still manage your processes from your phone through the “Options”, on the WhatsApp web menu. So, you can also log out from the computers using the phone. You can choose to remain logged in but still you will have to scan the QR code every time you use it.

Final Thoughts

So, WhatsApp has just done enough to make your life even more convenient. Using it through desktop is a cool way to save your time and improve your efficiency in case your desktop remains your workstation.

Also, it tells us that in the future more and more apps will look to blur the line between devices. After all, why get restricted to one device when you can have more users by being compatible with everything!

Do you like the fact the WhatsApp is now available on the desktop? Share your thoughts in the comments below.