Knowing how to use WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp Desktop saves you from having to use your phone every time you want to reply to the last message in one of your group chats.
The popular Facebook-owned messaging application can be used via your web browser or by downloading a desktop application for your PC or Mac. All your messages are synced between different platforms, so you can keep up with your conversations on whichever device is most convenient. It also means that you can type with the proper keyboard instead of touching your phone’s screen.
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WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp Desktop work almost exactly the same way, although voice and video calls are currently only supported on desktop computers, and you can only log in one at a time (plus your phone).
Here you will find everything you need to know about using WhatsApp in your web browser and on your desktop.
How to use WhatsApp Web in your browser
1. Go to WhatsApp Web website. As long as you have not logged in before, you will come across a screen containing a QR code and some instructions..
2. Now open WhatsApp on your phone. On iOS, tap the Settings icon in the lower right corner of the WhatsApp application. On Android, press the three dots icon in the upper right corner of the app.
3. On iOS, choose “WhatsApp Web / Desktop” and press «Pair a device». In Android, select “Paired devices”, later tap ‘Pair a device’.
4. This will activate your phone’s camera and allow you scan the qr code displayed on your computer’s web browser.
If it is a device that you use regularly and you are sure that no one else will have access to it, make sure you check the box “Keep me signed in” so it is not necessary to go through the same process each time.
5. Now you can use that browser window to access, send and receive messages, although you may need to turn on desktop notifications by clicking on the banner that appears in the upper left corner.
6. To attach images or other files, click the clip button to the left of the chat box.
7. Click the microphone button to the right of the chat box whenever you want record voice messages via headphones or your device’s built-in microphone.
9. If you want update your status, click the broken circle icon. Click on the speech bubble for bring your contacts to start a new chat
The three dot icon allows you to create a new group or room, edit its display name and image, view your archived and starred messages, and open the settings menu.
You can also log out completely, but this means that you will have to go through all these steps again next time.
How to use WhatsApp Desktop on your PC or Mac
1. If you are prone to accidentally closing your browser tabs, download one of the desktop versions of WhatsApp from the WhatsApp download page instead of.
It works on Windows 8 or newer (there are different versions depending on whether you are using a 32-bit or 64-bit system) and macOS X 10.10 and higher.
2. Once WhatsApp is installed on your system, open the app and you will be greeted by the same login screen that you will see in the web version: a QR code and a set of three instructions.
3. Take your phone and open whatsapp. On iOS, tap the Settings icon in the lower right corner of the WhatsApp application. On Android, press the three dots icon in the upper right corner of the app.
4. On iOS, choose “WhatsApp Web / Desktop” and press «Pair a device». On Android, select “Linked devices” then touch “Pair a device”.
Your phone’s camera will now turn into a QR code scanner. Point to your screen and the desktop app log into your account.
Make sure The “Keep me logged in” box is checked so you don’t have to log in every time.
5. The desktop app will now display all of your existing chats, allowing you to type messages using your computer keyboard, create new groups, update your status and all the other things listed above for the web version.
6. An additional feature in WhatsApp Desktop that you don’t get in the web version is voice and video calls. This is only available for individual contacts, not entire groups, and you will need at least Windows 10 64-bit version 1903 or macOS 10.13 to use it.
Click on the camera or phone icon at the top of the chat window, depending on the type of call you want to make. If necessary, give WhatsApp access to your computer’s microphone and camera When prompted.
Now you are all set to participate in WhatsApp group chats with the mouse and the QWERTY keyboard. If you forget to log out of WhatsApp Web or Desktop on a device that is not yours, you can log out remotely from your phone.
Go to the “WhatsApp Web / Desktop” screen on iOS or the “Paired Devices” screen on Android. Here you will see a list of desktop devices and web browsers that are currently synced with your account. Simply touch each one you want to delete.
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