Last Month Whatsapp Inc. launched official PC Version of Whatsapp which is now popularly known as Whatsapp for Google Chrome or Whatsapp Web.
Since launched in 2009, programmers & webmasters had always tried to create a PC version of Whatsapp. Nowadays, if we just search for a general phrase like “how to use Whatsapp on computer” on Google we will find millions of results. See the below snapshot…
Just a simple search has 10 Million+ results. So, think how much results you will find when you’ll search a trending Keyword.
The easiest way to use whatsapp on pc is by installing android emulators. But, before I tell you why not to use WhatsApp Web on Google Chrome let’s discuss about Android Emulator.
WHAT IS ANDROID EMULATOR?
According to Google, the Android SDK(Software development kit) includes a mobile device emulator – A virtual mobile device that runs on your computer. The emulator lets you develop and test Android Applications without using a physical device(smartphone, tablets, etc).
Some of the most used android emulators that can be installed to use whatsapp on PC are Bluestacks, youwave, etc.
So, before I tell you how to use Whatsapp Web for Google Chrome let us check out the new Whatsapp Web Interface.
WHATSAPP WEB INTERFACE
When you open Whatsapp web (www.web.whatsapp.com), a screen with QR code and different supported OS appears.
Check the screenshot below.
Once you scan the QR code, and access whatsapp web you will find a screen like the image below.
So this is all about whatsapp web interface and you can also find much more there when you access whatsapp web version.
WHATSAPP WEB CLIENT LIMITATIONS!
There are many limitations in the whatsapp web version as it’s just simply a web client. In the following lines, we’ve listed all the limitations of WhatsApp for Google Chrome we found after using for around a month.
1. SMARTPHONE SHOULD BE CONNECTED TO INTERNET ALL TIME.
Once you’ve scanned the QR code from your phone and paired it with the WhatsApp Web client, you need to keep your phone connected to internet all the time in order to keep using whatsapp web. As soon as your phone got disconnected, you will be unable to use whatsapp web service until you get your phone intertnet-connected again.
2. WHATSAPP WEB COSTS YOU 2X DATA CONSUMPTION.
This limitation of WhatsApp Web client is simply the outcome of the above limitation which asks you to keep your smartphone internet-connected while you’re using whatsapp on Google Chrome.
As a result, using same application on two different devices will definitely cost you 2x more data than usual.
3. IOS NOT SUPPORTED BY WHATSAPP WEB VERSION.
You can use whatsapp web with all the operating systems except iOS. This service is not available for Apple users as Apple platform has some limitations.
But, authorities have claimed that they will soon extend the support for iOS users but till then they will be limited to use Whatsapp on iPhone only.
4. ACCESSED ONLY ON GOOGLE CHROME BROWSER.
Another flaw of this web client is that it supports only the largest used internet browser, i.e. Google Chrome and that’s why it is mostly called as Whatsapp for Google Chrome.
If you’re a die-hard fan of browsers like Mozilla firefox, Internet explorer, etc then you will have to switch to google chrome in order to use whatsapp on internet browsers.
5. UNABLE TO ACCESS ON DIFFERENT DEVICES AT A TIME.
After our one month experience of using Web Whatsapp, we found that we can’t access it at two different computers at a time.
For example, suppose that you’ve a PC and a laptop and you’re using whatsapp on PC but due to some issue you want to use it on laptop while it is already running on Google.
For such a situation, you’ll not be allowed to access whatsapp web on laptop.
6. MAKING & LEAVING GROUPS NOT SUPPORTED.
Another issue with this whatsapp pc version is that, it only allows you to chat within already existing groups.
If you want to create a new group or leave an already existing group, again you will have to access whatsapp on smartphone and then do whatever task you want to do.
7. BLOCKING USERS NOT ALLOWED ON WHATSAPP WEB.
We often find many irritating fellows on social media. Same is the case with Whatsapp, some irritating people used to get your contact number and start flooding your inbox with their sense-less messages.
In smartphones, we’re allowed to block such people but if you’re using whatsapp web on Google Chrome you will not be able to block anyone.
Again, you’ll have to access your smartphone in order to block someone from your contact list on WhatsApp.
WRAPPING IT UP:
So, these were some of the limitations I was asking you not to use WhatsApp Web on Google Chrome. WhatsApp Web client became very popular, the day it was launched officialy.
But, still it is obvious that every application, software, etc has some defects which we got to know just after using that particular product significantly. Same is the case with Whatsapp Web for Google Chrome official version and I am damn sure that they’ll soon fix all of the flaws in the web client.
So, you can still check out How to Use WhatsApp Web on Google Chrome.