Friday 23 January 2015

How to setup the WhatsApp Web on Google Chrome for your Desktop

How to set up the WhatsApp's latest feature WhatsApp Web on your Google Chrome for Desktop

WhatsApp is now available for the Web, in a form that pairs the mobile version of the app to a user’s desktop computer. "Today, for the first time, millions of the users can use WhatsApp on your web browser," as said by WhatsApp on its official blog post.
How to setup the WhatsApp Web on Google Chrome for your Desktop

To use WhatsApp you have to connect your web browser to WhatsApp client, the user has to open web www.whatsapp.com in her/his Google Chrome browser where you will see a QR code, scan the code inside of WhatsApp, and you're ready to go. You have now paired WhatsApp on your phone with the WhatsApp web client.

A brief tutorial about how to connect your smartphone WhatsApp to the Google Window on your Desktop

Setting up WhatsApp Web on your Google Chrome

The first step towards getting WhatsApp working inside your browser is to get the latest version of WhatsApp for Android, BlackBerry, Nokia S60, or Windows Phone.  As said above, iPhone is not the supported at the moment. To check what version of WhatsApp you are on, open the app, go to the menu (three dots/left menu key in advanced smartphones) ->Settings ->Help ->About.

If you have a old version kindly update to the latest version which comes with support for WhatsApp Web. Look for the WhatsApp Web option in the respective apps before proceeding further - the WhatsApp Web website tells you where to find the option inside each app. Android users, make sure you are running version 2.11.498 or later. 
How to setup the WhatsApp Web on Google Chrome for your Desktop

Next, open the WhatsApp Web website on your desktop in Google Chrome.  Once the WhatsApp Web page finishes loading, you will see a QR code on the top left part of the screen. Now fire up WhatsApp on your mobile phone and select WhatsApp Web from the menu (three dots/left menu key in advanced smartphones).

Align the QR code with your phone's camera and, almost instantly, you'll find yourself staring at your recent WhatsApp conversations inside Chrome on the desktop. You can allow desktop notifications so that all the notifications come directly to your desktop but kindly remember you cant switch off WhatsApp on your smartphone or the data connection on your smartphone. The Desktop Google Chrome WhatsApp Web uses the smartphones WhatsApp connection to stay connected.

Another thing to note it that if you disconnect the WhatApp on the smartphone and reconnect it, the WhatsApp Web will automatically try to reconnect the desktop and the smartphone version again.  On my desktop it took 30 secs to reconnect again.

The desktop WhatsApp Web UI is a mirror image of WhatsApp smartphone so you will have no difficulty in managing it.  It took me only 1 minute to set it up.  The WhatsApp Web supports features like delivery and receipts and you can share images that are stored in your computer or clicking a fresh one through your webcam.  You can also send a voice message through the computer's microphone.

You can also start WhatApp Web on multiple computers but use only one at a time.

This one is worth trying if you are a WhatsApp fan and also cant find time to fish out your smartphone every time somebody WA's you a message while you are busy on your PC/Laptop.  WhatsApp has followed its mobile first principle by letting the phone control your sessions.

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