WhatsApp introduced its web client back in January, though it was only available for Android and Windows Phone users up until now. Now, WhatsApp Web finally arrives for iPhone users almost eight months after its launch and also works on the Safari browser on Mac.
To start using the web version, iPhone users simply need to head over to the WhatsApp Web website. Once a QR code will be displayed on the website, which users need to scan by opening ‘WhatsApp Web’ via the Options tab on their iPhone. Once the QR code is scanned, you are good to go.
Apparently, it is a rather refreshing feeling to use such a commonly used instant messaging on the app on a much larger screen. In the browser version, users can edit their profile pic and status message. In addition, users can delete and archive individual chats via the Settings option, and also archive, mute and exit group chats.
Recently, new features were introduced in the service for iPhone users such as the ability to mute individual chats, mark conversations, along with the option to backup videos and location sharing. Other features such as auto-loading of older messages along with better support for VoiceOver were also added
Meanwhile, WhatsApp users on Windows Phone also get a slew of new features with a new update today that comes with much more than just bug fixes. The update is now available on the Windows Store and offers the option to mark chats as read or unread along with several new emoji’s, and selective delete and message forwarding capabilities.
WhatsApp Web is now available on Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone, along with Nokia S40 and Nokia S60.
Its Android counterpart recently received a Material Design overhaul giving it a rather clean minimal look. It brought news icons to the mix along with the right color tones giving the entire app an aesthetically appealing look and feel.
Meanwhile, back in April the CEO and co-founder Jan Koum announced that WhatsApp had crossed the 800 million monthly active users. Koum specifically stressed upon the fact that ‘active users and registered users are not the same thing’. The app crossed the 700 million active users in January and added around 100 million users in just four months, which is a rather good implication of the popularity the app is garnering.