Released in the year 2009 by former Yahoo employees Brian Acton and Jan Koum, WhatsApp is an instant messaging platform primarily used on smartphones, but it is now making its way to PC’s across the world. On WhatsApp, you are able to chat individually or engage in group chats. During these chat sessions, users are able to exchange text, images, video (as long as it does not exceed 16 MB), and they have even recently started integrating voice-calling technology. It is a great way for individuals to freely communicate as they wish, and with their newly updated privacy settings, you are able to have more control over your messaging sessions.
If you are not able to access your smartphone and you still want to utilize WhatsApp’s services, you are in luck! There are actually quite a few ways to go about using desktop and browser versions of WhatsApp for PC. WhatsApp offers the same interface no matter where you accessing the application form, or what operating system you are on, so you will be able to easily adapt to using the application on your PC versus your smartphone.
Accessing A PC WhatsApp’s Interface Through Your Web Browser
Did you know that you do not even have to necessarily install the WhatsApp Status software on your PC to enjoy the same experience? If you are an avid user of Google Chrome, you can easily access WhatsApp through your web browser instead of taking up space to install it. By going to http://web.whatsapp.com on Google Chrome, you are able to enter the browser-version of the application so that you can chat with your friends on your PC without installing any additional software. This is super convenient for those who may be on a public computer, and are not able to follow through with the installation process.
Although it is more convenient to not have to download another software package onto your PC, there is one major disadvantage that should be noted. One of the main flaws in the browser-version of the application is that you are not able to add your contacts in bulk by syncing them, thus resulting in you having to manually add each contact individually, which can certainly take up a lot of time. All-in-all, it is a good option for those who are not in a position where they want to take up memory with an added installation but to get the full features, you may want to stick with the installation method(s).
Scanning QR Codes to Access Browser Version
There is another option in using WhatsApp’s web interface, but this method is even easier. If you open the WhatsApp application on your smartphone, take a look at the top right-hand corner. Navigate to the text that reads, “WhatsApp Web” and click it. A QR code will appear on your smartphone’s screen, and you are going to want to either scan it into Google Chrome, or you can go to a website specifically catering to QR codes such as http://webqr.com. If you want to scan it directly into the browser without a mirror-site, then you are going to have to still do it through Google Chrome versus other popular browsers.
Installation Of Whatsapp Through Simulated Android Software (BlueStacks) on PC
Did you know that if you access BlueStack’s website at http://bluestacks.com, you are able to download a version of their software that enables you to access the apps you have on your smartphone through their high-tech syncing system? The software is available for all of the latest Windows and Mac operating systems, and it is a great way to access all of your applications, not just WhatsApp through your PC.
Once you locate the version compatible with your operating system and you finish the installation process, a screen is going to appear when you open the software. This is going to be a sign-in screen for you to log-in to your Google Plus account. The cool part about this process is that once you have the software open, all of the applications you have on your smartphone will come up on your PC’s screen. You will be able to access all of these applications as you wish, and viewing them on your PC will give them a whole new feel. Locate your WhatsApp application, and open it. You should be able to go about chatting and communicating in the various ways you normally do on your smartphone, now on your PC. Another plus-side to this method is that even if you do not already have WhatsApp installed on your smartphone, you can install it through your Google Play account via BlueStack’s simulated interface. The only downfall to this is if you do not have an account set up, you will still need to have your smartphone nearby in order to use their SMS verification system via your mobile device. However, once that is complete, you are all set to primarily use your PC to use all of WhatsApp’s features.
Downloading WhatsApp for PC Through Mirror Downloading Sites
A lot of websites specializing in downloadable software may host unofficial versions of the WhatsApp application in the form of a PC-version. It is important to be aware that these programs are not distributed by the actual WhatsApp software, so it is important to ensure that you are downloading a safe offshoot version from whichever mirror-site you choose. Though these may not be an exact version of the software, they do a good job replicating and syncing certain features, so it still may be a viable choice, depending on how much you trust other download sites.
WhatsApp is a great way for individuals all across the world to keep in touch with their friends and family. They are praised for their group-chat features that enable users to create chatrooms with a group of specified friends in order to converse and share various media files. With it being available to the US and international customers alike, it is becoming increasingly popular and more versatile in what it has to offer. Not only are they adding new features with each software upgrade, but they are also integrating so many new privacy features that users are always sure to feel protected and in control of what and how they share their updates and information with other users.