WhatsApp recently launched a desktop application for Windows and Mac computers, allowing users of the service to message contacts from their desktop PC.
“Our desktop app is simply an extension of your phone. The app mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device,” said WhatsApp.
This followed FNB Connect announcing that its subscribers have been able to use WhatsApp for free since 1 May 2016.
Until 31 July 2016, customers will be able to use WhatsApp without incurring data charges.
Detailed below are all the platforms users can download and use WhatsApp on.
WhatsApp is currently available on several smartphone operating systems, as detailed below.
- Apple iPhone – on iOS 6.0 and up (iPod and iPad not supported)
- Android phones – Android 2.1 and up
- Windows Phone – Windows Phone 7 and up
- BlackBerry – BlackBerry OS 5.0 and up
- Nokia Symbian – Nokia S60 3rd edition, 5th edition, Symbian^3, Symbian Anna, or Symbian Belle
- Nokia S40 – Select series 40 devices
By the end of 2016, WhatsApp Messenger will no longer be supported on the following mobile platforms:
- Nokia S40
- Nokia Symbian S60
- Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
- Windows Phone 7.1
WhatsApp’s new desktop application runs natively on your desktop, and will have support for native desktop notifications and better keyboard shortcuts.
The desktop app is available for Windows 8 and up, and OS X 10.9 and up.
To download the app, visit www.whatsapp.com/download from your desktop browser.
“Then, open the app and scan the QR code using the WhatsApp app on your phone,” said WhatsApp.
WhatsApp Web lets users send messages from their web browser.
“Our web client is simply an extension of your phone: the web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device,” said WhatsApp.
To access the browser-based service, visit web.whatsapp.com in your web browser.
Your phone needs to stay connected to the Internet for the web client to work.