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WhatsApp introduced its web app in January 2015 and it’s since added compatibility for all major mobile and desktop platforms sans iOS.

While the web application works on Windows PCs and Android devices without a hiccup, mobile and desktop Safari versions were unsupported as WhatsApp did not update its iPhone app with a barcode scanning option.

Now some users are seeing the new option in WhatsApp for iPhone, meaning they can visit web.whatsapp.com in a browser and authorize access by scanning a QR code within WhatsApp for iPhone.

How to use WhatsApp Web

Step 1: Open WhatsApp on your iPhone or iPod touch.

Step 2: Tap Settings in the tab bar alongside the bottom of the WhatsApp interface.

Step 3: Choose the new WhatsApp Web option to scan the QR code shown on web.whatsapp.com.

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Note: I couldn’t find the new option in WhatsApp for iPhone so clearly this is a staggered release that will take some time to roll out to WhatsApp’s 800 million active monthly users.

For what it’s worth, the official website states that WhatsApp Web requires the latest version of the mobile WhatsApp app. We’ll update the post as soon as WhatsApp gets updated in the App Store with support for WhatsApp Web.

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No matter how you look at it, WhatsApp Web is a nifty little productivity feature.

With it, you can carry on and continue conversations from a web browser on your desktop, which is useful for those times when you’re seated and working.

A number of messaging platforms are available across mobile, desktop and web platforms.

Facebook Messenger, for instance, rolled out a web app a few months ago. And earlier this week, Google released a web app for Hangouts with chatting, free voice/video calling and other features.

Viber still doesn’t have a web interface though the company provides a nicely done desktop app in addition to Viber mobile apps for various platforms.

WhatsApp Web Enabler

Jailbroken users can enjoy WhatsApp’s web interface using a jailbreak tweak called WhatsApp Web Enabler that our own Jeff Benjamin took for a spin in a step-by-step tutorial video below.

You can fin WhatsApp Web Enabler in Cydia.

Upon installing the software, open Settings on your iPhone and find WhatsApp Web Enabler’s preferences to enable the tweak.

Availability

WhatsApp Web is available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and select Nokia smartphones. The mobile WhatsApp app in the App Store supports the iPhone and iPod touch natively, but not iPads.

The app requires iOS 6.0 or later and supports native display resolution of the iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

WhatsApp for iOS is localized in English, Arabic, Bokmål, Norwegian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

WhatsApp is available at no cost in the App Store.

Source: Reddit

  • Real

    Whatsapp Web is a trash. Everyone else is making full blown desktop applications and Whatsapp makes some shiity thing that makes you have to keep your phone connected like idiots. Just shows how behind they are. Look at Viber and Telegram that’s how you do this desktop thing. Not WhatsappWeb.

    • Anmol Malhotra

      Yes i know that. Whatsapp is really behind. Still no GIF support and so many things but the irony is everyone using it here in India. Of my 600 contacts, around 500-550 has whatsapp and around 50 has telegram. :/

  • Anmol Malhotra

    It’ll come to users with a new 2.12.6 update, currently in beta. I’ve been using it and it’s pretty solid. 😉
    Will be released soon on App Store.

    • Felipe Ventura

      Have you been using it on iOS 8 or 9?

      • Anmol Malhotra

        iOS 9 beta 5.

    • Snnsdj

      When do you think will it be released? In a day , week , month

      • Anmol Malhotra

        No idea. WhatsApp never mention when they’re going to push the final beta. They just increment it to next version as soon as they think it’s done.

      • Alex Miamorsch

        Reinstall the app and u got it

      • Dexter

        I can do it right now 🙂

  • :D

    I thought they said they couldn’t do this on iPhones because of iOS limitations???
    Does enabling it keep your phone unlocked but the screen dimmed until you lock it yourself / close the app or something?

  • Alex Miamorsch

    Reinstall the app and u got it…nope, no joke. Worked 4 me…

  • Jason Baroni

    Just reinstall the app and the option will appear to you as it did to me. Enjoy y’all!

  • Mads Teland

    I did really got the option, but it feels like more useless since I do use much more data than messaging.

  • Universitário Viajante

    Just remove and install again the Whatsapp app and WebWhatsApp will become available on Settings! Just did it on my 4S

  • Javier Portela

    Just close the app and reopen on the app switcher(: