The news was shared by the firm’s CEO Jan Koum – on the company’s Facebook page.
Loum stated that: “Today, for the first time, millions of you will have the ability to use WhatsApp on your web browser. 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 will still be available live on your phone.”
BUT BEWARE: Together with this service multiple Facebook and webpages have sprung up linking to false download locations. Installing the software on these links can give hackers free access to your computer and files.
NO special WhatsApp PC application needs to be installed to use the OFFICIAL WhatsApp web client.
Don’t get trapped in in the difficult work around either. Before the release of the official web client, users needed to install an android emulator like BlueStacks or Youwave and then run WhatsApp inside the Android emulation software.
How to run the OFFICIAL WhatsApp web client your your computer.
- The latest version of WhatsApp running on your Android, BlackBerry, Nokia S60, Windows Phone or BlackBerry 10. (Currently there is no iPhone support due to Apple’s software restrictions)
- Google Chrome web browser (The WhatsApp web app is not currently supported in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera & Safari. (Click here to install Google Chrome)
- Open WhatsApp on your Smarthpone
- Selecting the WhatsApp Web menu item on your smartphone using the above instructions will open up the WhatsApp QR Code scanner on your phone.
- Now Open the Whats App web app page on your computer by following this link: https://web.whatsapp.com/ in Google Chrome browser and scan the QR with your phone.
- That’s It!
- The WhatsApp web application will sync with your phone and all messages sent or received will display on both.
REMEMBER: The WhatsApp web application will only function while WhatsApp is running on your Smartphone and while your Smartphone is connected to the internet.
Exiting WhatsApp on your phone or disconnecting your phone from the internet will cause the WhatsApp Web App to logout on your PC.