Actually you don't need to install anything to get this to work on your PC or Mac, you can use the web version (as I do, I don't have a Whatsapp client installed).
I've just tested this and, whilst it does work in Chrome, it doesn't work in Firefox or Safari (which is strange, I'm positive I tested this at the time I first mentioned the current solution to Chris).But it is on this forum here.
https://webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/106145/whatsapp-link-with-phone-number-doesnt-open-whatsapps-web-appThe solution here is to replace the api part with web
If so, more explanation will be required.Actually you don't need to install anything to get this to work on your PC or Mac, you can use the web version (as I do, I don't have a Whatsapp client installed
As I said, if you use Chrome (including on a Mac - it works for me) then it works without any Whatsapp application installed.If so, more explanation will be required.
If I remove the Whatsapp client from my Mac, I get the same error message as Mr. Lucky.
Why would Xenforo implement something new that does not work with the best-known browsers. This should be a browser independent...As I said, if you use Chrome (including on a Mac - it works for me) then it works without any Whatsapp application installed.
Is there a work around for that?With the change I suggested via stackoverflow (changing the URL from api to web) then it should work on all browsers.
With it in its current form, using the current whatsapp:// URL, there's not really a lot we can do to change how a browser decides to handle that.Why would Xenforo implement something new that does not work with the best-known browsers. This should be a browser independent...
I've just done some further testing with the stackoverflow change. Whilst it does work with the 3 major browsers (as far as I can see) on a desktop machine (I'm testing on a Mac), it doesn't work when using a mobile browser (well at least not Chrome on Android) which it seems to just direct you to the main Whatsapp website. Another downside for desktop users is that the stackoverflow change would mean it would always use the web version, even if you have the desktop client installed, which is probably undesirable.That all said, we will try and implement the suggestion that @Martok has made as long as it doesn't pose other undesirable issues for other users as the original version did before it was changed back to the whatsapp:// link.