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How to send and recieve WhatsApp messages in your Chrome browser

Read and respond to instant messages in your browser with WhatsApp Web

In January there were over 700 million WhatsApp users worldwide. For those of you not among those instant messaging masses, WhatsApp is a service much like text messaging, where you can send and receive messages between individuals or groups using 3G or wi-fi rather than a phone signal.

Previously just a mobile app, WhatsApp have just rolled out a new feature called WhatsApp Web so you can also sent and recieve messages in your desktop Chrome browser as well as on your phone. It has also just been expanded to work with Opera and Firefox browsers as well.

This is a handy feature if you want a long conversation and your phone’s minature keyboard isn’t up to the task. However, the web service isn’t entirely standalone and still requires you to login using the mobile app, so keep your phone handy for this tutorial.

This tutorial first appeared in Android Magazine issue 48. For the latest Android reviews and in-depth tutorials, subscribe here.



  1. Load up WhatsApp

    Download the latest WhatsApp on your smartphone or tablet to get WhatsApp Web. Open the menu, either via the triple dots in the top-right or your device’s menu button. Click on WhatsApp Web.

  2. Head online

    In Chrome, visit where you‘ll be given a QR code. If you don’t see the QR code, generate a second one. Hold your smartphone or tablet, with the WhatsApp open, up to the QR Code until it scans.

  3. Use WhatsApp Web

    WhatsApp Web should automatically appear in your browser, loading all your active conversations down a side panel. Note that the service uses your phone’s data unless you’re on Wi-Fi.