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Hooray, WhatsApp has finally graced us with a web client! With the arrival of WhatsApp Web, what at first glance seems like good news, turns out to be a sham upon closer inspection. Here are the main reasons why WhatsApp Web is so bad.

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Is WhatsApp Web worth it? We don't think so, not by a long shot. © ANDROIDPIT

1. Does not work with iOS

Even though we sit here at AndroidPIT all comfortable in the awareness of our superiority over iPhone owners, Apple still represents a huge part of the smartphones in the world.

The new WhatsApp Web client only works with Android devices, which, while it suits us just fine, alienates a whole bunch of WhatsApp fans. And that's just not cricket.

As justification, the company has cited problems with multitasking and push notifications. This brings us directly to the next point.

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WhatsApp fan with an iPhone? Touch luck, no WhatsApp Web for you. © ANDROIDPIT

2. Only works in combination with the app

WhatsApp Web is no standalone web app, but instead only works in combination with your smartphone. The reason for this is that WhatsApp Web is merely an interface between WhatsApp on your smartphone and in your web browser.

This means that only WhatsApp messages received on your smartphone will be forwarded to the browser. WhatsApp must therefore be installed on your smartphone and running in the background, otherwise the web-based service will not work.

Other instant messaging services like Hangouts and Telegram are significantly more advanced in this regard, because they not only work with the app on your phone, but they also work independently.

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WhatsApp Web only works if WhatsApp is installed and working on your smartphone.© ANDROIDPIT

3. Only works with Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a good browser, no question, perhaps the best there is. But that doesn't mean that everyone uses it. Other Web browsers like Firefox, Safari, or even Internet Explorer are still out there, and to limit the WhatsApp Web experience to Chrome users alienates fans of those other browsers.

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WhatsApp Web only works if you're using the Google Chrome browser on your computer. © ANDROIDPIT

4. Your smartphone battery suffers

As already mentioned above: WhatsApp must be running on your smartphone or at least running in the background in order to function on the web. So even if you're chatting exclusively on your computer, your smartphone battery still has to feed WhatsApp to send and receive messages, which are then sent to your PC, adding an additional burden to your poor old smartphone.

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WhatsApp Web will at least remind you when it has sucked up all of your smartphone battery. © ANDROIDPIT

5. WhatsApp Web kills your data allowance

Say you're sitting cozily in your favorite cafe, sucking up their Wi-Fi on your laptop and chatting like mad on WhatsApp Web. What you may not have realized is that WhatsApp Web is running everything through your phone, so if you haven't switched over to cafe Wi-Fi you'll be chewing your way through your mobile data the whole time, especially if you're sharing pictures like crazy.

It's fine if you're aware of it, but who thinks to switch their mobile data to Wi-Fi when they're using their laptop? And what if there is no free Wi-Fi and you're using an internet stick? WhatsApp Web is only really worthwhile if your smartphone is connected to Wi-Fi.

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Conclusion: Nice idea, but not yet worth it

The idea behind WhatsApp Web may sound good on paper, but the implementation is pretty clumsy for a big company like WhatsApp/Facebook. Even Facebook Messenger has a better web client than WhatsApp

While the WhatsApp Web service will undoubtedly get better, with cross-platform support, standalone functionality and support for more web browsers, the current setup sucks.  

Translated from an original article by Nico Heister for


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  • I use whatsapp on Android phone while on the move.However when using it on Android tablet at home, persistent VERIFICATION of the registered number is required. This is a pain in the butt. Is a single verification insufficient ???? I don't have the same problem with Hangouts.

  • Duncan Feb 28, 2015 Link to comment

    wow. these reasons stink!
    1) it's not whatsapp's fault (or facebook's for that matter) that iOS doesn't support this kind of thing.
    3) There's this which let's you run it in a separated window, so you can use firefox or whatever.
    5) if you're in a Café with WiFi, I don't see why you wouldn't use that on your phone aswell.
    2,4 and 5) even if you still need the app and it drains your battery and data, this is way more handy and comfortable than typing all on your phone. and regarding the battery: it is much more battery consuming to be on your phone on whatsapp, since the display eats the most battery, so using whatsapp web will save a lot of battery, actually.

  • Its time that they bring up Windows App (standalon) like Viber, Telegram.

  • It would be nice to see them make a WhatsApp application for PC like Skype or Viber.'s a good start. Personally, I just connect my phone to my home's WiFi and leave it charging since the battery will be low after a long day and then I just use WhatsApp Web. But would be nice to have a desktop application. Anyone else misses the Facebook Messenger desktop application ? :(

  • "Even though we sit here at AndroidPIT all comfortable in the awareness of our superiority over iPhone owners"

    This! Haha.

  • I actually have no problem with any of these points, maybe I was their model candidate when developing lol.
    I have a hotspot which I carry around with me anywhere I go, so my phone is always on WiFi, I use Chrome exclusively, I have an android device (duh), as far as battery life goes, it's better than having your screen on and chatting...
    I like the fact that ot goes through the phone, so I can pick up the convo there anytime, if I need to leave my desk for a quick minute, I can still chat on my phone, and return to the PC.

  • ohh come on guys
    this is just a beginning
    wait for bettr whatsapp web or pc

  • Why dont they have a Whatsapp that is not contingent on a telephone number? I would love to have it on my tablets and while the web app partially brings me to that reality having a proper app would be much better

  • Loony Jan 25, 2015 Link to comment

    Hm, I love it

  • Come on people, give it time..!!! AFAIK the service was rolled out just last week and I am sure it will get all the features but might take some time..!!

  • Dusan V. Jan 24, 2015 Link to comment

    It is a fail big time

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