I remember that back in January I wrote a piece on how to connect an Android smartphone to a desktop browser to use WhatsApp web.

WhatsApp web enables mobile phone users to connect the WhatsApp app on a smartphone to a desktop or laptop computer. That way the text messages that are sent to a phone can be accessed and answered from a computer.

WhatsApp on a desktop browser can be very helpful, especially when you are at the office and want to reply quickly – and discretily – to a message from a friend or family member.

The web feature was restricted to Android and Windows Phone smartphones, but now iPhone users can start receiving their messages on a computer.

I have to point out from the beginning that you need the latest WhatsApp version to use the web alternative. WhatsApp started the rollout, but it might take a while to show up in the “Update” section of the App Store.

The process of linking WhatsApp for smartphones to a desktop browser is very similar to the one on Android and Windows Phone.

Head to the settings tab inside WhatsApp on your iPhone. Tap on WhatsApp web. Open the website web.whatsapp.com on your computer and scan the QR code with the WhatsApp iPhone app. WhatsApp will connect to the web, and you can start texting from your computer.

WhatsApp web offers a very discreet way of answering text messages from a computer. You can copy and paste text from anywhere on your laptop or desktop computer’s system, and paste it into a text message.

You will also get sound notifications, which you can easily mute, and add emoticons to your messages. What do you think of WhatsApp web for iPhone? Please let me know in the comment section below.

Update

WhasApp on my iPhone now displays the “WhatsApp Web” tab on the Settings section. I didn’t have to update the app.