In this guide you’ll learn how to fix Whatsapp Web not working with Chromium..If you’re trying to use WhatsApp Web on your chromium browser, you’ll notice that you will not be able to access and it asks you to update Google Chrome.
In this guide I’m going to tell you how you can make WhatsApp Web to work with Chromium. You’ll find lots of other options to make it run in Chromium, I’m going to provide you the solution which seems best to me.
Why Whatsapp Web is asking to update Chrome while on Chromium ?
The problem seems to be with the User agent Chromium for Linux is using right now. It is using Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) snap Chromium/71.0.3578.80 Chrome/71.0.3578.80 Safari/537.36 which WhatsApp web is recognizing as an older User Agent which Chrome used before version 36. I have also observed that the problem is with Chromium for Linux only since on the other hand WhatsApp web seems to work perfectly under Chromium version 71.0.3578.80 on Windows which uses User agent as Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/73.0.3641.0 Safari/537.36.
How to fix Whatsapp web not working issue ?
In order to make WhatsApp Web run with Chromium I’ve made changes to the chromium launcher to run with –user-agent option.
In order to do that, first of all close your chromium and run the following commands
Now we’ll edit the launcher, you can use the editor that is supported by your system, I’m using
vim here, you can try with
Now, in the file that opens up, search for the following –
replace the above line with
"/snap/bin/chromium --user-agent='Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/71.0.3578.98 Safari/537.36' %U"
Now you can restart your system, the Chromium will now support WhatsApp Web.
I hope this method will the solve the issue of Whatsapp web not working with Chromium on your Linux or Ubuntu system.
In case you’re facing any issue, just comment below and i’ll try to help you resolve the issue.
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