Since the initial launch in the year 2009, Whatsapp becomes famous day by day and crosses the milestone of 700 million active users (worldwide) in January 2015. It is followed by several similar instant messaging apps such as WeChat, Viber and Line, but they still needs a lot of improvements to cross this milestone.
Two former employees of Yahoo think beyond the world and developed Whatsapp for the mobile users. The easy to use functionality makes it popular in a span of time and makes a bit of competition to Facebook. Due to this, in Feb 19, 2014, Facebook acquires Whatsapp Inc. in US$19 billion. This was one of the huge acquisitions till date.
After this acquisition, all thinks of the changes that will obvious to arise. And after a year’s time, Whatsapp announces their web browser application on Wednesday Jan 21, 2015.
Yes, now we all can enjoy the instant messaging feature of Whatsapp through web.whatsapp.com. As this is an initiative of Whatsapp Inc., thus, it is only accessible to the Chrome browser, for now only.
Although, we were accessing Whatsapp on our desktop through third party applications like: Bluestack or else, but this functionality makes us bound or limited. Through these applications, we were only able to access our Whatsapp on a single device either it was a desktop or a mobile. But with the latest update of Whatsapp, we are able to access it on multiple devices at the same time.
How can we access it?
To access Whatsapp on a desktop, we just need to follow some steps:
- Open “web.whatsapp.com” on your chrome browser.
- Scan the QR code through your mobile device’s updated Whatsapp application. (Open Whatsapp – click on menu – click on Whatsapp web)
- Now enjoy “Whatsapp” on your web browser.
This time, it is only for the Android, Windows, Nokia S60 and Blackberry platforms. According to the experts of Whatsapp Inc., iOS is not come under to this update due to Apple platform limitations.
What needs to access it?
There is no specified requirement to access this web version of Whatsapp apart from one and only, the Whatsapp application. To access this web version, we need an updated application and a smart phone to scan the QR code.
If you have both in your hand, just enjoy the features of Whatsapp on your desktop. Facebook acquisition makes this mobile app more accessible through this web Whatsapp. Enjoy the instant messaging feature of Whatsapp application in a new way. But remember that it uses your phone more than just initial login (as it is just an extension of Mobile version); if the phone gets out of reach or dies due to battery loss, your Whatsapp web connection will also be lost.