Free version of WhatsApp for web browsers
WhatsApp Web is a free version of the famous chat/messaging app WhatsApp that will allow you to chat with your contacts from your computer browser. You can install it on any browser - except Internet Explorer. It’s almost a direct copy of the mobile app, so using it is a piece of cake.
Chat with your friends from your internet browser
How can you open WhatsApp Web?
Opening WhatsApp Web couldn’t be easier. There’s no WhatsApp Web download, so you don’t need to install anything. Here’s how to open WhatsApp Web:
The WhatsApp Web interface
Finding your way around WhatsApp Web is very easy. As soon as the interface opens (after doing the WhatsApp web scan), you’ll see that it’s just your usual WhatsApp account exactly as it is on the phone. WhatsApp syncs with the phone with what’s going on on the web, so it’s best to use WiFi and keep an eye on your battery. Have a conversation on your phone and you’ll see it appear in the WhatsApp Web interface, and vice versa.
How to use WhatsApp Web
Using the app couldn’t be easier. There’s no WhatsApp Web login - as soon as you scan, you’re in. To chat with a specific contact, just click on their name and you’ll be able to write to them as normal, including all your usual emojis and stickers. You’ll also be able to share photos and documents stored on your computer to the chat. If you allow WhatsApp to access the camera, you’ll also be able to take pictures in the chat via the webcam. Unlike earlier versions of the app, you’re now able to do a few new things, like start group chats and add documents, but if you’re used to the mobile app, you might find WhatsApp Web a little limited. How? Well, for starters, you can’t make video or phone calls, back up your chats or share your location. It also looks a little bare - although it’s a personal preference if this is a pro or a con.
How do you use WhatsApp Web on mobile?
You can’t use WhatsApp Web on your mobile phone - if you want WhatsApp on your mobile phone, you open the mobile app. You need to install WhatsApp on your phone before you access WhatsApp Web. It’s not a desktop client either - that’s a separate app too. WhatsApp Web is best for when you’re working or chilling out online.
An important limitation
There are a few things to remember when you’re using WhatsApp Web. First up, as we said above, it’s a web app, not a desktop client. If you close your tab or window, you may have to go through the whole open phone app, get the QR code and scan again.
Is it an essential app?
If you’re very clear on what WhatsApp Web is and isn’t, it might be a really handy tool for you. Use in addition to your phone and you’ll extend the usability of WhatsApp - you won’t have to move from computer to phone to keep your conversations going. Remember though - this is a WhatsApp app, so it’s owned by Facebook. That makes some folks uncomfortable, so if that’s you, then WhatsApp Web probably isn’t a great choice.
A basic tool that does one job well
WhatsApp Web does a good job, but with no frills attached. If you’re going to be using the app while sitting beside your phone, it works well. You can chat without leaving the browser, but, if you need to do anything fancy, you can pick up your phone to add the details. If you're looking for a new app, an alternative to WhatsApp, or a fully-featured messaging app, you should look elsewhere.
This version of WhatApp Web allows you to create new groups and share images and documents via the browser. No other significant changes have been made, however, and it’s still a pretty basic app.