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You can now use WhatsApp on your browser

Isabelle Aron
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Isabelle Aron

WhatsApp Web, eh? What's up with that? Well, it's like WhatsApp but on the web. That's right – as well as being able to chat on your phone, the folks at WhatsApp have opened up a whole new can of WhatsApp worms with a new feature that lets you log in online and access your conversations through your browser.

Okay, so you can already instant message your friends through things like Facebook chat, but this means you can stealthily flick between tabs of 'important research' and 'important group WhatsApp chats', without having to go anywhere near your phone at work. It could be a blessing or a curse, depending on whether you're the type of person who doesn't look at their phone for an hour and has 132 notifications from one group conversation, or whether you're the one sending everyone LOL pictures of cats and screenshots of awkward Tinder exchanges. In other good news, using WhatsApp Web means that you won't have to rinse your measly data allowance by downloading said cat pictures.

The bad news (or good news, if you actually want to get any work done) is that it's not available for iPhones yet, but if you've got an Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Nokia S60 or Nokia S40 then you can start chatting right now. To access WhatsApp Web, open up the app on your phone, then go to menu and click WhatsApp Web. It'll tell you to go to on your browser and use your phone to scan the on-screen code. Once you've done that, it magically pulls through all your WhatsApp chats online and you're good to go. The only downside with the new feature is that you can no longer really pull off the whole 'my battery died' excuse when you want to 'politely' ignore people. 

In other WhatsApp news, read about whether the app is getting banned.

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