Whatsapp now available to use in Linux through web browser

whatsapp on linux

Popular messaging service WhatsApp over 1.5 billion monthly active users has now launched a new service called WhatsApp web. “Today, for the first time, millions of you will have the ability to use WhatsApp on your web browser”, Jan Koun, founder of WhatsApp posted on facebook. Let’s see how to use this on our PC or Chromebook.

How to use WhatsApp Web on PC or Chromebook

The web app is the additional service and still needs the official app installed on your mobile device. In order to use the web app service all you need is a browser (Google Chrome on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS and support for more browsers are coming soon).

Mobile devices, Windows Phone, Blackberry 10 and Android, will get an update for WhatsApp today. But the web app currently is not for iOS users as said by Jan Koum, “Unfortunately, for now, we will not be able to provide web client to our iOS users due to Apple platform limitations.”

Using web app is very simple –

  • In the new tab open web app.
  • Scan the QR code with the WhatsApp mobile app.
whatsapp web for Linux pc or chromebook
  • You’re done! You are signed in now.

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Jorge Sampaio August 23, 2019 at 2:53 am

What?!? Now?!? This has been working for years, since as least 2015.

Martin Alak August 31, 2019 at 2:45 am

Uh…. this still requires that you install the app on a mobile device, no?

Valerie April 4, 2020 at 3:34 pm

Thanks for your job!

Dave C. May 2, 2020 at 9:45 am

Yes. Still requires that you install WhatsApp on a cell phone and have service for the phone and have the phone on and connected to the Internet (cellular or wifi) in order to use WA on your COMPUTER.

When oh when will they just release a stand-alone desktop app without the need for a phone? Some elderly and “financially challenged” folks just don’t have cell phones but have minimal broadband service. They need to connect with family and WA is the ideal app.


Dave C. May 2, 2020 at 9:47 am



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