iPhone users can now access their WhatsApp conversations through a web browser as well as natively via the app. The service means that WhatsApp users can view their conversations and messages on computers as well as through their app on phones and tablets.

The popular messaging app launched its web version in January this year, but has previously only been available to Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone users.

To access the web version of the app, users need to scan a QR code from WhatsApp’s website with their phone. The ‘settings’ tab will reveal a new ‘web’ menu option where users can access the app’s web version.

Users must have the latest version of the app to use its new function on their iPhone, which is being rolled out in stages and will not be available to all users.

The web app will sync data with the phone app, meaning messages can be sent and received in-browser as long as the phone is connected to the internet. Without internet, messages will remain on the user’s phone.

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps available, will 800 million monthly active users reported in April. It was bought by Facebook in February 2014 for £12 billion.

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