WAToolkkit, a free Chrome extension, takes the existing WhatsApp Web Client experience in Chrome and then builds on top of it with one big improvement that will be useful to just about everyone.

WAToolkkit, a free Chrome extension, takes the existing WhatsApp experience in Chrome and then builds on top of it with one big improvement that will be useful to just about everyone.

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That feature is the ability to receive notifications even when Chrome is not running thanks to the app’s universal notification system. When a notification comes in all you have to do in order to be returned to the relevant conversation is click on it. Minimal effort, maximum payoff.

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What’s more, WAToolkit also adds a handy WhatsApp button to the toolbar that displays the number of unread messages. Hover over it and you will see a summary of the conversations that have unread messages without having to actually visit the WhatsApp page itself. If you find yourself receiving messages but not wanting to reply to them immediately, this is the kind of thing you will make heavy use of.

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The extension is also lightweight with performance in mind during its development, which means that even when Chrome is doing its best to eat every resource you have, things shouldn’t grind to a halt. At least, not thanks to WAToolkit. If only all extensions could say the same.

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Of course we’d all much rather WhatsApp create its own desktop application to go along with its mobile offerings, but with that seemingly unlikely at the moment and with even its mobile offerings devoid of regular updates especially on the iPhone, we’ll take what we can get at this point.

(Download: WAToolkit for Chrome on the Chrome Web Store)

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