If you’re anything like me, you need to be connected to your contacts, especially when you’re working. This gets particularly difficult during office hours, when people condemn the person who is addicted to their Crackberry, constantly tapping through meetings and taking frequent breaks to get into their phone.
So what’s a better way to discreetly manage your phone’s conversations without switching between devices all day? For Android users, my answer has long been MightyText , an app that streams your SMS conversations to your desktop on PC or Mac, allowing you to read, respond and even access files remotely such as pictures and documents. In a word, it’s a Godsend.
But in 2015, I have as many conversations and group chats happening through apps as I do through native messaging. The problem with accessing conversations in apps like Whatsapp and Viber through services such as MightyText has been that Whatsapp doesn’t allow access to their API, which severely limits any third party program from being able to read or respond to the messages.
Then 2 days ago, the Whatsapp Blog announced Whatsapp Web – access to your WhatsApp conversatons through your Chrome browser.
How to Set Up WhatsApp in Chrome
Set up is easy and takes all of 10 seconds. You simply need to:
- Navigate to https://web.whatsapp.com in Google Chrome
- A QR code will pop up on the screen. Open your Whatsapp app on your phone and scan it by going to the main Whatsapp menu, hitting the three vertical dots in the top right of the screen, and selecting WhatsApp Web
- A QR reader will open and you simply need to scan what you see on your computer screen, and voila!
WhatsApp Performance on PC
I’ve been using WhatsApp on PC and Mac since it debuted two days ago and so far, I’m very impressed. It’s quick, reliable and the layout is a beautiful extension of the simplistic mobile experience we’ve grown to know and love.
What’s absolutely the best feature of WhatsApp Web is that it syncs your notifications beautifully. That means that if I’m reading and responding to conversations all day from my computer, I won’t open up my phone at the end of the day to 2000 chat notifications. (Take note AirDroid and MightyText!)
My only issue with WhatsApp Web is that it does lack some of the more robust features of aforementioned services such as MightyText. Some of these features include allowing you to remotely delete, to access multimedia files such as pictures and videos, and apply different themes to your windows.
All in all though, WhatsApp Web is the web app users have been crying for since we became utterly dependent on it. Look for roll-outs on other popular browsers in the near future.