Ever since WhatsApp launched its web version in January 2015, the acceptance of using the world’s most popular messaging app via your computer or laptop has been steadily increasing. The major reason for people’s fascination with the web client has been the use of the platform as an alternative to emails for quicker and easier file sharing, information transfer and professional messaging.
The web version simply mirrors the data (messages, contacts, images etc.) from a user’s mobile phone to his/ her computer, acting as an extension of the mobile application. Nevertheless, there are a lot of interesting capabilities in the web client, and here is a guide on how to use WhatsApp Web to the fullest.
–WhatsApp can be accessed on your computer in two ways – using WhatsApp Web, which is a browser-based application which runs on Google Chrome etc., or via WhatsApp Desktop, which is a desktop application which you can download on your computer to reduce the need of opening your browser every time.
–Message you send and receive are synced in real-time on your mobile application and on your web client. Hence, you can view and update information on either, even when WhatsApp is running on both platforms.
–To access the web app, you have to tap on Menu/ Settings in the top-right corner of the mobile application and then click on WhatsApp Web. After this, you must scan a unique one-time QR code on your desktop to enable the web client and sync your data. This login procedure ensures security and hence, conforms by WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption model even when messaging via the web client.
–It is impossible for the receiver to know whether you are using the web version or the mobile application to message him/ her. This further eases the syncing process and allows parallel access from both platforms.
–Sending attachments via WhatsApp Web is much easier as compared to the mobile application. Whether it be images, videos or documents, you can simply attach or drag the file to the chat box on your web client to send it across. Since it is more comfortable to view large files on your computer than your mobile, WhatsApp Web significantly aids the transfer process.
–There is no protocol for automatic storage of data on your computer. For example, when you view an image in a chat box on WhatsApp Web, it is not stored in the computer’s memory unless explicitly downloaded. This is a major relief as compared to emails, especially when using WhatsApp Web on a foreign system or a public computer.