WhatsApp Web brings the IM service to desktops, but it only works in Google Chrome

WhatsApp has announced that it has launched a Web version of their popular Instant Messaging service.

WhatsApp logo

But there is a catch, you need to have your phone connected to the internet, for the PC’s browser version to work.

You can try the service by visiting https://web.whatsapp.com/ from Google Chrome. Yes, it only works in Chrome for now. If you try accessing the website from any other browser, a message reads

“More browsers coming soon.”

How to connect to WhatsApp Web:

1. Update to the latest version of WhatsApp available from Google Play.

2. Visit the above link from your desktop’s Chrome browser. You will see a unique QR code on the screen.

3. Open the WhatsApp application on your phone.

4. Tap on the menu button, and then on WhatsApp Web.

WhatsApp Web Button Android

5. You should get a message which reads “Visit WhatsApp Web on your PC to scan the QR Code”. Tap on the “Got it” button.

WhatsApp Web Scan QR Code

6. Focus the phone’s camera to scan your QR Code displayed on the desktop’s screen.

That’s it, the webpage on Chrome should automatically load your phone’s WhatsApp messages and conversations.

WhatsApp Web Google Chrome

You can now IM with your contacts using the Web version, as long as your phone is connected to the internet. This isn’t the most convenient way, it would be much better if they brought their own standalone desktop app like Viber.


How to get the WhatsApp Web button in the app:

If you don’t have the button yet, just force close the app and open it again. It should work.


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Ashwin Karthik
Originally a Business Grad, Ashwin is a natural at testing and reviewing apps & games for Windows and Android Apps, as well as flashing ROMs. A proud owner of a Redmi K20, he is also an avid gamer and loves playing on his Computer, PS4 & Nintendo consoles.

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