[Update] WhatsApp Web is now available for iPhone users too, months after other platforms. Initially, WhatsApp claimed that its “Apple’s platform issues” and it seems that they have solved the problems. Feel free to have a try by clicking here! More details at the bottom.
You can receive and reply your Whatsapp messages from your PC now. All you need are your phone and Chrome browser installed on your PC (Mozilla Firefox and Opera are supported now, check the update below). This is great for people like me who sits in front of my PC for a long time everyday instead of looking at my phone whole day. This new feature saves me trouble to check the phone from time to time.
What you need to do is to visit https://web.whatsapp.com in the supported browser and a QR code will be generated automatically. Fire up Whatsapp from your phone and click Whatsapp Web from the menu. You will need the latest version of the application on your phone to see this option. The option is in the menu on my Windows Phone after the update but it is absent from my Android phone. Uninstall and reinstall the applications will solve the problem, anyway.
Scan the QR code with your phone and your phone will pair up with the web client. Then you are good to go. Desktop notification can be turned on from the web client to notify you of the arrival of new messages, which is very handy.
As perfect as it seems, there are a few catches here. According to the announcement from Whatsapp, the web client is an extension of the popular messaging application in our phone. The web browser will only sync the message from our phones. This means that the Whatsapp client on the web is not independent and it requires your phone to be connected to the Internet to work. Without your phone, the web client will not work.
Next, the web client cannot work with iOS devices and Whatsapp claims that it is “Apple platform limitations”. Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Blackberry 10 and Nokia S60 can work with the web client seamlessly. Bad luck for iPhone users but we hope that Apple and Whatsapp can work together to change things around.
I am happy to see this feature. It is simple and easy to use. The messages arrive at the browser and the phone simultaneously. As much as I love to see it working independently, I feel that it useful enough for me.
[Update] Whatsapp has confirmed that Firefox and Opera browsers are supported now.
Too bad there is no news for iOS users.
— WhatsApp Inc. (@WhatsApp) February 25, 2015