WhatsApp comes to your desktop


JOHHANESBURG — There’s good news if you’re one of the more than 600 million people who use WhatsApp worldwide: it’s now available on your web browser.

The popular chat app said on its blog yesterday that the new service was “an extension of your phone”.

“The web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device — this means all of your messages still live on your phone,” it said.

WhatsApp uses an Internet connection to send and receive messages and downloading it free. The service does, however, charge an annual subscription fee of $1.

To use and log into WhatsApp web, you’ll need to scan the QR code with your phone.

However, the desktop service is not yet accessible to iOS users.

Users need a constant Internet connection and the latest version for the app to work.

Social networking site Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion in October 2014.

At the time, the messaging app had more than 600 million users worldwide.

The instant messaging service allows users to send text, pictures and video messages to anyone with the app.

To access WhatsApp, go to https://web.whatsapp.com in your Google Chrome browser.

— City Press