WhatsApp is now available in a browser, unless you’re an iOS user

A day many people have waited for is finally here, you can now use WhatsApp in a browser — but only if that browser is Chrome, and you don’t use WhatsApp on iOS.

Anyone with a WhatsApp account on their Android, Windows Phone, or BlackBerry can use the web client, all you need to do is head over to web.whatsapp.com, then open up the app on your phone to scan the QR code on screen.

The important thing to remember about this web client is that it needs to be able to connect to the WhatsApp app on your phone. That means if you uninstall it, or your phone disconnects from the internet, you won’t be able to use WhatsApp on the web.

Unfortunately iOS users are also having to miss out here. WhatsApp claims that it’s because of Apple platform limitations, and the fact that there is no background multi-tasking and no proper push technology. This means that the web client user experience would be quite poor with iOS — hence the lack of compatibility.

According to The Verge WhatsApp is working on an iOS compatible web client, the there is no clear release schedule just yet. It’s currently unclear if and when the client will be available in a browser other than Google Chrome.

Tom Pritchard

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