So finally WhatsApp has made WhatsApp available on the Desktop. All that is required is for the Chrome Web Browser to be installed as there is no standalone WhatsApp Desktop app. WhatsApp works completely inside the Chrome browser.
WhatsApp Desktop App uses the phone as the “gateway” to the messages and therefore the phone needs to remain connected to the Internet (be it on Cell phone data or on Wifi) for this to work. This is very similar to the recently launched BlackBerry Blend system that uses software to be able to securely connect to the BlackBerry phone from any device including chatting via BBM from desktop.
WeChat also uses this exact method to connect WeChat clients to the Desktop.
How to connect WhatsApp to the Desktop
Step 1: Go to the Application Store and make sure you update your WhatsApp application to the latest version (version 2.11.498 on Android):
Step 2: Open Chrome and navigate to: web.Whatsapp.com
Step 3: You will be presented with a similar looking screen. Note the QR Code keeps changing every few seconds that is normal. Leave this screen open as you head to step 5 below.
Step 4: Open the newly updated WhatsApp application and now select WhatsApp Web from the Setting menu (3 dots)
Step 5: Scan the QR Code from within the app and that will link your phone to the webpage.
You can now do most of the tasks you can on the phone but through the web browser using the comfort of your desktop screen, keyboard and mouse.
You can start a chat, message inside a chat, attach a file from your desktop (that will be handy !)and even use your laptop’s camera to snap a photo. You can listen to voice notes and even record voice notes. Using the desktop camera and microphone will require that you give explicit permission. This will be prompted.
you are not able to change the profile pic nor edit the status. You also can’t Clear Conversation (ie delete the chat with someone)