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Topic # 161885 22-Jan-2015 12:41
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Yes !


Now whatsapp is now available on WEB !


https://web.whatsapp.com/


No more draining ur battery on the phone when you are on the comp !!! :) :) 


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WhatsApp is now available for the Web, in a form that pairs the mobile version of the app to a user’s desktop computer. People can go to https://web.whatsapp.com in the Google Chrome browser to go to the WhatsApp Web client. A QR code will appear, which the user will scan with the WhatsApp mobile app on their phone to get started. The user’s phone needs to stay connected to the Internet for the client to work. At the moment, it works only on Chrome with the Android mobile app. For the iOS version of the app, the company can’t provide a Web client right now due to platform limitations, WhatsApp said. WhatsApp remains focused on mobile, but the desktop pairing is designed to give people another option for checking their messages instead of just on their phones. Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, provides a similar service through its Messenger app and main website. The WhatsApp Web client is meant as an extension of the smartphone app, mirroring the messages. “All of your messages still live on your phone,” the company said in its announcement. WhatsApp has become one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, now with more than 700 million users who log in monthly. Should the company bring the Web client to more platforms, it could provide a useful service rivaling Google Hangouts or Apple Messages. Maybe even for Skype: A voice calling feature for WhatsApp has been expected for some time now.

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  Reply # 1220040 22-Jan-2015 12:56
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That'd be handy if signup worked. It says "Open WhatsApp on Android, menu, choose WhatsApps web", which isn't there for me. I got the latest version this morning too.




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  Reply # 1220053 22-Jan-2015 13:01
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Also must be used on Chrome - so much for html 5 and browser independence



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  Reply # 1220065 22-Jan-2015 13:15
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No need for any extra sign up, u just update ur whatsapp, scane the QR code, and bham whabam it works

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  Reply # 1220070 22-Jan-2015 13:20
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sep11guy: No need for any extra sign up, u just update ur whatsapp, scane the QR code, and bham whabam it works


The "scan" function isn't available in my copy of Whatsapp, which is strange because I'm up to date and the release notes say it works with whatsapp for web. No scan function = no whatsapp web.




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  Reply # 1220079 22-Jan-2015 13:33
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timmmay:
sep11guy: No need for any extra sign up, u just update ur whatsapp, scane the QR code, and bham whabam it works


The "scan" function isn't available in my copy of Whatsapp, which is strange because I'm up to date and the release notes say it works with whatsapp for web. No scan function = no whatsapp web.


That's weird... it's there on my app, and I have been using the web interface all day now. Works just fine. On my app (v. 2.11.498) there's a "WhatsApp Web" in the menu.




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  Reply # 1220080 22-Jan-2015 13:36
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tim make sure ur whatsapp version is 2.11.498


it happened with my friend also, it didnt work for him


then he uninstalled n reinstalled it ( make sure u back up ur conversation if u r talking imp $#it with someone ) 


n then it worked, give it a go 

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  Reply # 1220087 22-Jan-2015 13:44
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Yep I'm using that version. A reinstall worked though, thanks :)




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  Reply # 1220091 22-Jan-2015 13:52
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sep11guy:

No more draining ur battery on the phone when you are on the comp !!! :) :) 
Except your phone needs to be on and connected to the internet for it to work from your web browser on your desktop. Why is that? Is it creating a connection to your phone and using the phone app remotely?



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  Reply # 1220095 22-Jan-2015 13:57
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no idea how it works. may be a developer can look into the source of the webpage n decipher the inside workings? i dont know. 

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  Reply # 1220097 22-Jan-2015 13:58
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cdouble:
sep11guy:

No more draining ur battery on the phone when you are on the comp !!! :) :) 
Except your phone needs to be on and connected to the internet for it to work from your web browser on your desktop. Why is that? Is it creating a connection to your phone and using the phone app remotely?


Because that particular WhatsApp account is still tied to your phone... I don't know the exact detail of how they implemented it, but I imagine it's a tad like SMS (vaguely... very vaguely...). It's received on your phone then, through some other mechanism (e.g. Google App Engine) it's served on the web. That's how things like MightyText, DeskSMS, etc. work.

Happy to be corrected if I got this wrong. I'm pretty confident about how the data get to the web, but not how the app itself works on the phone.




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  Reply # 1220101 22-Jan-2015 14:01
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That's what I suspected, thanks. So useful if using a decent keyboard when at your desktop but not as a replacement if your phone is flat or low on battery.

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