WhatsApp Web has been made available for iPhone users, after initially being launched for Android, BlackBerry and Windows smartphones at the start of the year.
The service essentially offers users the chance to view all their conversations and messages via a web browser.
These messages would normally have been displayed in the native app, but the extra layer of convenience is a welcome addition for iOS users – particularly those who wish to access their messages using a desktop computer, laptop, or media tablet.
Apple users who wish to make use of the new service need to use their iPhone to scan a QR code that can be found on the WhatsApp website.
This links the mobile with the WhatsApp client and means the user will be free to send messages across either medium – and everything will be synchronised from that point.
Despite the fact that the messages are mirrored across both services, WhatsApp Web is not identical to the corresponding instant messaging app.
Some features are only available in the mobile version for the time being, but WhatsApp Web is continuously in the process of being updated.
The most recent update granted users more control over messages and group conversations.
Other additions to the browser add-on include the ability to edit the profile picture and status, in addition to some user interface modifications.
WhatsApp originally said it would not be able to bring the web version of its messaging service to iPhone users, but these difficulties have evidently been overcome.