WhatsApp has replaced texting for most of us and has become the default messaging app. Keeping it simple is the DNA of WhatsApp and they clearly decline adding new features if they think it complicates the way WhatsApp works. And hence even though there’s a huge demand from people to release a desktop client for WhatsApp, they didn’t bother doing it.
I find it extremely unproductive to switch between phone and my mac while working. And hence I started looking for apps/ways to use WhatsApp on my computer. The first workaround I found through Googling was to use Bluestacks on the desktop and install WhatsApp in it. Bluestacks basically acts like a virtual mobile device in which one can install apps. It was ‘okay’, but I didn’t like the idea of loading entire mobile stack just for the sake of using one app. Continued search landed me on WhatsRemote.
Three catches before I talk about what it offers:
- Requires ROOT (Read- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_rooting)
- It’s not FREE
- It’s only for Android
All one needs to do is, install WhatsRemote on phone from Play Store, open it, give ROOT access, authenticate with Google and then hit WhatsRemote.com on the web browser. WhatsRemote then lists all your chats, just click the contact and start chatting. A recent update to WhatsRemote website brought in better looking interface with multiple chat windows. WhatsRemote also supports all the WhatsApp emoticons. One can also view media received on WhatsApp like video/audio clips, pictures. Though sending media isn’t supported yet.
WhatsRemote doesn’t come free, It costed me Rs.87.46 for 6 months subscription, I guess the price differs based on USD conversion.
Website – https://whatsremote.com