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It is a known fact that WhatsApp is one of the largest mobile-focused messaging services with more than 700 million monthly active users.
A large number of users have been demanding a PC interface for the service to stay connected with their favourite people even when they switch devices. Keeping with the demand of the users, WhatsApp has finally introduced a way to access the service on a PC. However, there are several disadvantages to it. We point some of them: .
1. Doesn’t support iPhone
WhatsApp for web essentially syncs messages between your smartphone and browser via its servers. The app does not support the iPhone. According to WhatsApp it’s unable to provide the web client to iOS users due to Apple’s platform limitations.
Reports, however, indicate that it intends to support the iPhone in the future but till then, if you use WhatsApp on an iPhone, you’ll need to peep into your phone every time you get a WhatsApp
2. Phone should be connected to the internet
After pairing your smartphone with WhatsApp’s web client through a QR code image, you’ll be able to send and receive messages through your browser. The problem arises when it loses the data connection or runs out of charge. Sadly, the WhatsApp web version will also go offline. Your phone needs to stay connected to the internet for the web client to work.
3. Supports no browsers other than Google Chrome
The third problem is WhatsApp’s web interface only supports Google Chrome. So if you use Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer, you’re out of luck. It’s surprising that the service doesn’t support Internet Explorer given Microsoft’s investment in Facebook which owns WhatsApp. Also, it’s worth pointing out that Google (the developer of Chrome) competes directly with Facebook.
4. Users can’t be blocked
In order to block users, you still need to go to the WhatsApp mobile app. The number of spam messages on WhatsApp has gone up considerably and the only way to deal with these, is to block their number. Unfortunately, the web version does not offer the block feature.
5. Not possible to create and leave groups
It is impossible to send and receive messages from groups you’re a part of, the WhatsApp web client doesn’t let you create new groups or leave existing ones. You also can’t send broadcast messages via the web client.