Tired of only being able to access your WhatsApp conversations on your phone? Start using WhatsApp Web.
Last month WhatsApp rolled out a web client, and yesterday it announced support for Firefox and Opera as well as Chrome, so it seems like an opportune time to show you how to switch between your browser and your mobile. There’s still no love for iOS users or for Safari right now, which is due to “Apple platform limitations,” according to WhatsApp.
— WhatsApp Inc. (@WhatsApp) February 25, 2015
The process for linking your WhatsApp account to your computer is streamlined, and easy enough for Grandma to follow. In doing so, WhatsApp conversations will sync between the mobile device and desktop.
Before you get started, make sure you’re running the latest version of WhatsApp on your Android, Windows Phone or BlackBerry device. If you’re still rocking a Nokia S60 or S40, you can join the party too.
Head to the new https://web.whatsapp.com portal in Chrome, Firefox or Opera and you’ll see a large QR code to scan. The instructions below tell you how to find the scanner for your particular platform—on Android, for example, it’s the WhatsApp Web option in the main WhatsApp menu.
Almost as soon as the code is scanned, your list of conversations appears in your browser. You’ll notice there’s an option to switch on desktop notifications, which you can enable or ignore as you wish.
Tap your avatar to set your status, the message icon to see your contacts, and the menu button to configure notifications. Emoticons and attachments can both we used inside WhatsApp on the web, enabling you to load up a picture from your computer or via a webcam. You can even send voice memos via the microphone button in the lower right.
Messages are synced between your phone and the web (in the style of Google Hangouts or Facebook Messenger) so you might want to make sure your mobile is connected to Wi-Fi to keep data use down to a minimum. Now you can chat on your mobile on the go, and on the web when you get home.
Here’s the TL;DR version :
To get started with WhatsApp Web you must first pair your phone and computer:
- Visit web.whatsapp.com on your computer.
- Follow the instructions to pull up the WhatsApp Web QR code scanner on your mobile device. The method for launching this section of the app is a different based on the platform you’re using, but directions are listed just under the QR code.
- Scan the QR code and watch as your conversations magically appear in your browser.