WhatsApp Web, the desktop version of the messenger, has several limitations regarding the Android and iOS (iPhone) mobile app. For example, privacy settings are more restricted on the desktop, not allowing you to change the "last seen" or backup of conversations. Also, it is not possible to post Status, although the user can view and comment on posts from friends. There are also features that are available only in WhatsApp for mobile, such as broadcast list and audio and video calls, whether individual or group.
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Here's a list of features that are present in WhatsApp for mobile that are limited or completely missing from the PC messaging app version.
WhatsApp Web: All about the PC version of Messenger
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1. Make transmission lists
WhatsApp's Transmission List feature allows you to send the same message (either text, audio, photo or video) at once to up to 256 contacts at once. Each recipient receives the message privately and individually without "deducing" that the content has been shared for several people.
The web version of WhatsApp does not allow you to create a transmission list. However, when the list is created through the application, it can also be used in PC messenger. In addition, you can access other tools on your computer, such as clearing messages and deleting the list.
WhatsApp Mobile Broadcast List Photo: Helito Beggiora / TechTudo
2. Make audio or video calls
WhatsApp Web does not allow you to make audio or video calls. Already the app has the feature available for conversations with one or up to four people at once, both on audio and video calls. The function is present for phones with systems starting from iOS 8 or Android 4.1. For PC video calling, the user can use other platforms such as Skype or Facebook.
WhatsApp for mobile lets you make audio or video calls Photo: Carol Danelli / TechTudo
3. Add a new contact
Another feature missing from the WhatsApp web version is the option to add a new contact to the messenger. For example, when the user receives message from an unregistered number in the calendar, the app offers the option to add it or block the unknown profile.
Then, the contact included in the WhatsApp list when it is entered in the phonebook with the phone number and name of the person. WhatsApp Web no longer offers the option to add the contact, so the user can only add new numbers to the messenger via their mobile phone.
WhatsApp web does not allow adding contacts to messenger Photo: Marvin Costa / TechTudo
The PC version of WhatsApp also has Status, similar to Instagram Stories, with ephemeral 24-hour text posts, photos, videos and GIFs. The tool, on the PC, allows you to view your own Status and other contacts, and comment privately on posts.
However, not all Mobile Status features are available in WhatsApp Web: for example, you cannot post Status via the camera or add a photo saved on your computer. The user can publish new Status only through the application.
Post Status Possible Only by WhatsApp Mobile App Photo: Rodrigo Fernandes / TechTudo
5. Use favorite stickers
WhatsApp Web lets you view stickers sent by your contacts in chat and use stickers that were previously installed by the messenger. In addition, it is possible to forward people's stickers in another conversation, just as texts, photos, and videos are routed.
Nevertheless, the user cannot favor his friends' stickers to use at any time, or download new stickers on the PC version. In addition, WhatsApp Web does not display user-favored stickers on the mobile phone, nor does it show sticker packs downloaded by third-party apps.
Favorite sticker section is missing on WhatsApp web Photo: Playback / WhatsApp
6. Share location
WhatsApp's desktop version does not allow you to share your location in real time. The feature is available on mobile only and allows the user to share their live location for 15 minutes, an hour or eight hours in an individual chat or in a group. You can stop sharing at any time in the app. Messenger for PC lets you only view sharing of a contact's location.
WhatsApp Web only lets you show real-time location Photo: Playback / TechTudo
7. Access Backup Settings
Another feature that WhatsApp Web does not have the option to configure backup. In the Android and iPhone app, the user can back up to Google Drive or let the messenger himself automatically store conversations on his mobile phone. In addition, you can choose the backup destination. The PC version already displays no options to change the backup.
Backup on WhatsApp for Android Photo: Raquel Freire / TechTudo
8. Change Message Display Settings
You cannot disable message read receipt (the blue check) or "last seen" by WhatsApp web. By default, the messenger on the PC keeps the same settings determined by the user by the mobile phone. To change this, they must access these privacy options only through the mobile app.