Some of the important features of the Desktop Messenger for WhatsApp™ addon are listed below. This is followed by an overview of this addon. This summary contains few words about the addon, its function, and its features. Next is FAQ, this section is useful to get information about how this addon works in your browser. If you couldn't find a specific answer, please fill the bug report form on this page or the contact form on the homepage to let us know about your question. Following the FAQ, is the bug report form. It is designed to collect user feedbacks and bugs about this addon. Users can suggest improvements or feature requests through this form too. The next section is for submitting comments about this addon which uses the Facebook comments plugin. The last section is dedicated to reports submitted through the GitHub website. We hope the information provided on this page, could help you get all the basics you need about this addon and enable you to have a better experience with Desktop Messenger for WhatsApp™.
In short, Desktop Messenger for WhatsApp™ brings notifications for new posts, replies and direct messages. It uses WhatsApp streaming API. Everything appears instantly.
5 Reasons to Use Desktop Messenger for WhatsApp™
A comprehensive WhatsApp client right in your toolbar.
Notifies you every time something happens on WhatsApp within the people in your friend list via the badge icon text.
Brings all the WhatsApp functionalities available in the WhatsApp App to your browsers toolbar panel.
Get badge notification on every whatsapp action (badge text color can be adjusted according to your desire)
Available for Firefox, Chrome and Opera on all operating systems (Windows, Linux and Mac).
This video gives you an idea of how the extension works in your browser.
After the much awaited launch of the WhatsApp web app, the WhatsApp Desktop Addon finally made it to the screens and so far has met a lot of success. The WhatsApp Desktop Addon provides an easy access to the Original WhatsApp application and notifies users of any incoming posts. The main features of the WhatsApp Desktop is that it brings notifications for new posts, direct messages and replies. The WhatsApp Desktop Addon is a comprehensive WhatsApp client that stays right in your toolbar. It notifies you each time something happens on your WhatsApp; who messaged you. Moreover, you also get a badge notification on every WhatsApp action. In addition, with the WhatsApp Addon there is low bandwidth usage since you are exploiting the JSON communication.
In general, WhatsApp Web also allows you to receive direct messages on your screen. In addition, the messages include texts and images as well which are directly synced on your phone. There are some additional features of the addon that are missing in the usual WhatsApp web application. First, it lets you receive alerts with or without sounds. Moreover, you are also able to switch those alerts off for given periods of time whether it's an hour, a week or a day if you do not feel like getting nudged at work. However the original app does not come with some features. For starters, the first problem with the application is that it does not allow you to block users at all. You can also not create new groups and broadcast messages so all of these tasks have to be done from the application directly and not the web itself. In addition, if you have to use the WhatsApp web on the computer, you have to stay online on your phone with a stable internet connection. Thus, the application might not be a total replacement for the WhatsApp application itself but it is still noteworthy. The biggest advantage of the application is that you do not have to be multi-tasking (i.e. remain on your phone and waste time). You can get notified instantly when you get a nudge and therefore it makes your life easier. Once any of these features are added to the original WhatsApp web, they will automatically be included in the WhatsApp Desktop Addon.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Desktop Messenger for WhatsApp™?
Desktop Messenger for WhatsApp™ is a multi-browser Addon that enables you to view and check your WhatsApp page right from your browsers toolbar panel. Plus, you get badge-text notifications for all new messages. The Addon lets you adjust the panel size according to your need, also, the badge icon text color can be changed from the options page. Important Note: Desktop Messenger for WhatsApp™ is a wrapper for WhatsApp Web, it just makes it easy to access WhatsApp Web from your Firefox toolbar panel. Therefore you need WhatsApp application on your smart-phone to activate this Addon, once installed.
2. How do I assign a keyboard shortcut (Hotkey) to open toolbar panel UI in Firefox browser (works only for Desktop Messenger for WhatsApp™ version 0.1.8 and above)?
In order to assign a Hotkey, please write a valid combination of characters in the designated area (in the options page). Hotkey key combination must contain one or more modifiers and only one key. For example, you cannot assign "alt-a-s" as a Hotkey, but "alt-a-shift" is working. The default keyboard combination is "accel-alt-a" which correlates to "Ctrl + Alt + A" on your keyboard. Other combinations are "accel-s", "meta-shift-i", "control-alt-d", where "accel" is the Ctrl key.
3. How can I download the source code for Desktop Messenger for WhatsApp™?
To download the source code for this extension from Chrome Web Store, it is recommended to use Extension Source Downloader. With this addon, you can download the source code as a ZIP or CRX format to your machine. If you want to download the source code from the Firefox addons store, please open the firefox download link (if available) in the Firefox browser and then right-click on the - Add to Firefox - button and select - Save Link As... - item. Choose the destination folder on your machine and then save the file in XPI format. You can then rename the XPI format to a RAR or ZIP file. Some extensions may have a GitHub repo address, which you can use to download the source code as well. But, it may not be the latest version of the addon. Therefore, downloading the source code from the official web stores is the best option as it always gives you the latest version of the addon.
4. How do I make a Hotkey (valid only for Firefox browser)?
According to Mozilla Developer Website, any key combination in the format of "modifier-key" could be used as a Hotkey. But, please note that all Hotkeys require at least one modifier as well as the key. All possible modifiers are as following. shift: which is the Shift key on your keyboard. alt: the Alt key on your keyboard. Note, on the Macintosh, this is the Option key. On Macintosh this can only be used in conjunction with another modifier, since Alt-Letter combinations are reserved for entering special characters in text. meta: the Meta key on your keyboard. On the Macintosh, this is the Command key. accel: the key used for Ctrl keyboard shortcuts on the users platform, which is Control on Windows and Linux, and Command on Mac. Usually, this would be the value you would use. pageup: the Page Up key. pagedown: the Page Down key on your keyboard.
5. What is new in this version?
Check Mozilla addon store for information about your recent update. All the information regarding the updates are available in the change-log section in this page.
6. How to add/remove the toolbar button in Firefox?
To add/remove the toolbar icon right-click on a free space in your Firefox toolbar and select "Customize...". Now you can drag and drop the button to a new position.
7. How to access to the WhatsApp Desktop's settings?
To change Addon's settings, please go to the options page and click on settings. Currently, there are three settings available to adjust.
8. How to install WhatsApp Desktop in your Firefox?
To install WhatsApp Desktop, head to Mozilla addon store and click on "Add to Firefox" button. Similarly, for Chrome and Opera browsers, you need to visit each browsers Addon Store, find the Addon and add it to your browser.
9. How to uninstall WhatsApp Desktop from your Firefox?
To uninstall WhatsApp Desktop go to Firefox -> Add-ons -> Desktop Messenger for WhatsApp™, then press on the Uninstall button.
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