In just a span of more than a year, developers of the popular messaging app, WhatsApp launched two platforms of this free call and text messenger application. These are WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp Desktop.
Launched in 2015, the latter functions as an extension of your mobile phone where your WhatsApp messenger has been downloaded and installed. The activities in your mobile WhatsApp account will be synchronized with that of your WhatsApp web that so that your messages can also be accessed from your WhatsApp web account.
Conversely, WhatsApp Desktop was launched in May 2016. This app is intended to be downloaded on the computer and not to be opened in the browser.
Like WhatsApp Web,WhatsApp Desktop acts as an extension of your WhatsApp mobile app that the messages and calls sent via your mobile app can also be accessed from your OC where you have installed WhatsApp Desktop.
An update for WhatsApp Desktop was released, v0.2.2234, along with a few features. These include new emojis, option for sharing animated GIFs, capability to browse shared images, permission to search within chats and improved user interface.
Basically, WhatsApp Desktop and WhatsApp Web have the same features and both mirror the texts and conversations of the user’s WhatsApp mobile messenger. Perhaps, the difference between the two is that with WhatsApp Web, user has to log in each time Chrome or Firefox is opened while with WhatsApp Desktop, the user can automatically be logged in.
With WhatsApp Desktop, the mobile app needs to have internet connection and is turned on. Whatspp Web, on the other hand, requires users to scan a QR code with the phone to connect the two devices.
WhatsApp messenger has already more than one billion users and continues to be a popular app worldwide. You can learn more about the latest updates on WhatsApp here.