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January 22, 2015

WhatsApp messenger adds a desktop web app on Google Chrome OS

whatsapp-logo-mainWhatsApp has finally added a desktop web app. Many WhatsApp users will be delighted with the news.

The new platform allows users of WhatsApp to send and receive free text, picture and voice messages through Google Chrome OS on a desktop computer, but only if they use WhatsApp on an Android, Windows Phone or BlackBerry. Unlike iPhone users where WhatsApp have said in a blog post

“Unfortunately for now, we will not be able to provide web client to our iOS users due to Apple platform limitations.”

It differs from some rivals Messenger apps by using end-to-end encryption to protect messages from snooping.


Jan Koum, WhatsApp chief executive, said:

“Our web client is simply an extension of your phone: the web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device. This means all of your messages still live on your phone.”

If you lose an internet connection

Your smartphone needs to remain connected to the internet; if the phone runs out of battery or loses an internet connection, the web app ceases to operate!

Although the messages remain on the smartphone and are not stored on the web, you will not seem them on the web app. To log into WhatsApp on the web, users need to scan a QR code using the WhatsApp smartphone app.

The system works very well on the desktop, with messages coming and going seamlessly with the smartphone. Messages sent from the desktop appear exactly the same as those sent from a smartphone.

Source: WhatsApp

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini