WhatsApp is probably the most used instant messenger across the globe. With a massive massive user base of 1 million across 180 countries, chances are few that you don’t have it installed on your phone. However, if you wish to use its messaging without installing the app, the platform now has a way for you.
This is achieved via the browser version of the instant messenger. It makes use of a new domain called https://wa.me/ that is a small extension of WhatsApp Web or api.whatsapp.com.
To use this feature, simply type https://wa.me/(phone-number) in your browser URL bar. This will open a chat window of the typed number. Numbers not registered with WhatsApp will not be able to receive messages. Instead, the “phone number shared via URL is invalid.” message will be shown to the sender. To avail the feature, users will need to update the app to version 2.18.138.
WhatsApp is continuing to add new features to the platform, many of which are already there on its competitors. For example, stickers are still not available to the average user but it is now under beta testing. Group Video calling is also being worked upon and will be on the stable version soon, as stated at Facebook’s F8 conference.
However, there are some not very interesting developments as well. With the departure of its founder Jan Koum, we’re afraid the floodgates of ads that have stayed closed till now will open. This is as part of a quest of Zuckerberg to monetize the popular platform.