CALIFORNIA — Good news for iPhone users: You can now use the world’s biggest messaging app, WhatsApp, on your desktop’s web browser.
The Facebook-owned service rolled out WhatsApp Web earlier this year for Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone, but has only just begun to include the Apple iOS operating systems. At the time, the company said it was not available for iOS users “due to Apple platform limitations”.
The service effectively replicates the experience of using the mobile messaging app, but on a Web browser, allowing users to seamlessly pick up their chats.
To get started, ensure the app is updated to its latest version. Then head to web.whatsapp.com, where you will be prompted to scan a QR code with WhatsApp on your smartphone. To access WhatsApp’s QR scanner on the iPhone, open the app, go to settings and WhatsApp Web. The option is likely to appear during the next few days if it has not already.
After scanning the QR code, your phone will remotely enable the Web version of WhatsApp, opening up your most recent chats. Agencies