Last week, I was in New Delhi to meet a distant relative. Since i’ve never visited her before, the thought of finding her house in a maze of narrow lanes of the colony was daunting. Thankfully, she sent me her location on WhatsApp, so reaching their home was a piece of cake.

That’s just one of the examples of how WhatsApp has made it easier for us to stay connected. Now, we can also send and receive WhatsApp messages right from our computers. This means you don’t have  to stay glued to your mobile phone to feed your instant-messaging habit. Just follow these two simple steps to continue your chat,  using the Opera browser for computers:

  1. Open Opera and go to web.whatsapp.com.
  2. Scan the QR code on the page using the WhatsApp app on your phone.

It’s that easy!

WhatsApp web app in Opera

After scanning the QR code, you will see a mirror of all your phone chats right in the Opera browser. For now, this feature is available for Android, BlackBerry, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S60, Nokia S40 and Windows Phone versions of the app.

In India, we have heard and experienced a number of examples of how small and medium businesses are using WhatsApp to reach out to customers and partners. Using WhatsApp on a computer will make it easier for them to manage the volume of conversations.

I’m personally excited about WhatsApp Web, because I use voice dictation to type. For most of the day I work from my laptop — now I won’t have to switch devices to send messages.

WhatsApp Web is bound to boost WhatsApp’s popularity even further. Let us know if you too find it useful.

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