WhatsApp Web, the desktop browser-based interface to the popular app-based messaging client, is finally available to iPhone users.
WhatsApp Web was launched earlier this year, and at launch, the service only worked with those using WhatsApp on Android, Windows Phone, or BlackBerry. Google’s Chrome was the only desktop browser that the service supported at launch, those it later added support for Mozilla Firefox and Opera on the desktop, while extending support to WhatsApp users on Nokia S40 and Nokia S60 devices. As of Wednesday, WhatsApp is finally available to to iPhone users as well.
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WhatsApp Web now also works with Safari on the Mac, though some features like photo capturing and voice message recording won’t be available. The service added features like ability to manage chats and profile photo via an update.
To user WhatsApp Web, simply head over to the WhatsApp Web website and you’ll be given a chance to scan a QR code on the desktop screen via the WhatsApp app on your mobile. Make sure you are using the latest version of the app on your platform. The website shows where the WhatsApp Web option is available inside the WhatsApp on Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, iPhone, Nokia S40, and Nokia S60.
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One thing worth noting is that WhatsApp Web uses your phone’s Internet connection to send and receive your messages, so your mobile needs to be connected to the Internet throughout, either via Wi-Fi or cellular data. In that sense, WhatsApp Web is different from other messaging apps like Skype and Viber where every device has its own connection to the servers.