When WhatsApp for Web arrived back in January, millions of users across the world sighed simultaneously (well, not iPhone users). It wasn’t much. It wasn’t a standalone full-fledged desktop app like Skype. But it was something. Although heavily reliant on the Android phone for authentication and internet connection, it still gave users an easy way to troll their high school buddies in WhatsApp groups. After all, there’s nothing better than a physical keyboard for some class act trolling.
It doesn’t look like WhatsApp is coming out with a desktop app of its own or an API like Telegram. But now there’s an unofficial desktop client for WhatsApp. Let’s learn what it’s all about and how to use it.
It’s just a wrapper for the WhatsApp for Web client. That means all your conversations still go through the Android app securely and as it’s not a third party client, the chances of WhatsApp turning against the app are pretty thin.
Think of it as a browser specific to the WhatsApp for Web service.
Because it’s essentially running the same WhatsApp for Web, you get access to all the features like the contact list, quick search, voice messages, sweet Material Design transitions and the ability to drag in media files. Even though it’s just a wrapper, it’s a good one.
It removes the not-so-good-looking borders from the web interface and lets you focus in on the conversations. And on my Retina MacBook Pro, the app looks gorgeous – with that big beautiful text. This is honestly just a much better way to use WhatsApp than reaching out for your phone every couple of minutes.
How To Use Unofficial WhatsApp for Desktop
You’ll need to be running the latest WhatsApp app on your Android phone. Now, tap the three dotted menu and select WhatsApp Web.
On your desktop, launch the app and a QR code will show up. Use the Android phone to scan the QR code and that’s it, you’re connected.