WhatsApp: Now available on your desktop

WhatsApp was launched in 2009 and has come a long way since then. This popular mobile messaging service has reached the 700 million user mark in January 2015. Think about it for a second: that’s 10 percent of planet Earth’s population, using one smart phone app. Pretty damn impressive if you ask me.

What’s even more impressive is that WhatsApp is owned by Facebook (which has more than 1.5 billion users) so one could expect that user count to increase substantially over the next few months and years. Facebook is probably already looking at ways that they can utilize WhatsApp to build their business. They probably want a return on their $19 billion investment (an amount that could have bought out the largest toy company in the world, Lego).

Great news for WhatsApp fans is that this popular mobile messaging app is finally available on your desktop (for Windows Phone, Android and Blackberry) via Google Chrome. No Apple / IOS version is available at this stage.


Setting the desktop version of WhatsApp up is pretty easy. It took me less than 5 minutes to do with my Android Phone. You need the latest version of WhatsApp on your phone to do this. The whole process is explained at this link, but I’ll give you the lowdown.

Once you have the latest version of Whatsapp on your phone, visit the link I gave you in the previous paragraph in your Google Chrome web browser and then go into the WhatsApp Menu on your phone. Select “WhatsApp Web”. You’ll be required to scan in the QR code that you see on your PC screen onto WhatsApp on your phone.

Once WhatsApp recognizes the QR code you’ll be logged into WhatsApp on Google Chrome. The extension syncs up with your phone and remembers your previous conversations. It even supports Voice Notes (recordable via your PC / Laptop mic). Pretty damn impressive if you ask me.

Well, there you have, the lowdown about WhatsApp availability on your desktop. Leave a comment and let me know what your thoughts are about this. Feedback is appreciated and welcome here.

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Henno Kruger
Blogger, Desktop Activist, Twitter / Facebook Addict, Music Festival Addict, Avid lover of South African music, Founder and owner of Running Wolf's Rant and co-founder of SA Music Zone
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