You must have used emulators and virtually every other trick in the book to run Whatsapp on your computer. It is just so much easier typing out messages from a full-length keyboard and screen when you are stationed at one place, for example at your work desk. This is exactly why a Web version of Whatsapp has been one of the most keenly anticipated applications for a while now. Finally, Whatsapp has decided to give in and has brought a web version of the application, at least sort of.
The major limitation of the setup is that it is only made for Google Chrome users and requires you to have your Whatsapp connection on the phone active, which basically means ensuring that your phone is connected to data. Once you go to the web URL which is https://web.whatsapp.com/ you will have to scan the QR code on the page with your Whatsapp application, which would pair your smartphone’s Whatsapp account to that of your browser. The messages will not be saved locally on your system and will continue to live only on your phone. Whatsapp for web only supports Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Symbian and Blackberry OS 10 device. There is no support for iOS given the closed platform nature of it.
You will need the latest version of the app on your smartphone for this to work. We suggest downloading the file directly from the website of Whatsapp. The web version is sleek, and pretty much real time, though we would definitely have liked to have had no dependency on the smartphone here.
You can read more on what exactly Whatsapp had to say about its decision to bring Whatsapp on the web, in their official blogpost regarding the same here.