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By Costea Lestoc. Published on Jan 23, 2015. 1
WhatsApp has finally arrived on Internet browsers and PC. Since the launch of the popular messaging service, it was available only as a mobile application for various platforms, but never on a computer. Facebook seems to understand the need for a web client for when it’s easier to send messages on a full keyboard than from the touchscreen, but the way WhatsApp Web works is not exactly common.
Jan Koum, WhatsApp founder, said in a posting on Facebook that the popular messaging service can be used through a web client, not just through a smartphone. Being a recent release, there are a few small problems about which we will talk below, but the most important news is that this initiative was released.
As rumors suggested several weeks ago, WhatsApp Web is accessible using the link https://web.whatsapp.com. The service is currently only available using Google Chrome and cannot function without a mobile phone equipped with the native application. Only variants of WhatsApp for Android, Symbian, Blackberry and Windows Phone are compatible and can currently get logged into the web interface, the iOS is limited by the characteristic sandbox platform.
To access your WhatsApp account on Chrome from PC you must first scan a QR code using the application on your phone. This way the user authentication is performed, and the session is valid until the tab gets closed or by disconnecting the phone from the internet. The phone must have a permanent internet connection to use WhatsApp Web on your computer. Probably not even worth mentioning that the phone application must be updated to the latest version in order to work in this mode.
Although we are in an era where everything is becoming increasingly simple, Facebook makes a complicated use of the WhatsApp Web. Not only it is limited to one browser and iOS that does not work at all, but both user devices require permanent connection to the Internet. Despite these shortcomings, at least there is now an official option for text conversation through WhatsApp directly on PC.
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