How to Use Whats App on Computer (and Web). WhatsApp Web is a quick and easy way to use WhatsApp messages on your computer. This lets you use WhatsApp from your browser.

Want to use WhatsApp from your computer? While there is no standalone WhatsApp client, you can use WhatsApp web app and desktop client to send messages through your smartphone. Here’s how to use WhatsApp on your Windows 10 PC, Mac, or computer.

Using WhatsApp Web, you connect your smartphone to a computer or browser. As long as the two devices are close to each other, you can use your computer to send messages via WhatsApp to your phone.

You can use WhatsApp Web from any desktop browser (all major browsers supported Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Opera) or from any platform. You will also get notifications for new messages

How to Use WhatsApp on Computer (and Web)

If you want a dedicated app, you can use the WhatsApp desktop application for Windows and MacOS. For additional features, you can also use third-party applications. Chatmate for WhatsApp ($ 2.99) is a great option for Mac users.

The process of connecting your iPhone or Android smartphone to WhatsApp Web or WhatsApp desktop is similar. We will go through the process of using the WhatsApp web.

Open your favorite browser and go to web.whatsapp.com. Here, you will see a QR code on the right side of the screen.

What You Can Do With WhatsApp Web

  • Use your keyboard to type.
  • Access media (photos, videos, audio) in-line. You can also download any media directly to your PC.
  • Start a new conversation with any contact, or search for existing conversations.
  • View contact info.
  • Start a new group chat, talk in group chats, and view group info.
  • Connect multiple computers to your phone and save them for future. You can also remotely disconnect any browser from your phone.
  • Get or mute desktop alerts and sounds.
  • Share photos and videos, documents, and contacts.
  • Send emojis, GIFs, and stickers, as well as voice notes.
  • View WhatsApp Status updates from any contact.
  • Select multiple messages, and clear messages.
  • Reply, forward, star, or delete messages.
  • Change your profile.

How to set up WhatsApp Web

The bulk of the setup is pairing your phone with WhatsApp Web.

  1. Using Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, or Edge, head to https://web.whatsapp.com/.
  2. You’ll see a QR code for you to scan with the WhatsApp phone app. Just below the code, you’ll see instructions to help you find that scanning option on the app. For example, in the iOS app, tap Settings, then WhatsApp Web.
  3. After you scan the code, you’ll be able to see your WhatsApp messages on your phone and in the browser. You won’t need a Wi-Fi connection for your phone, but WhatsApp recommends connecting over Wi-Fi to avoid using too much mobile data.

The WhatsApp Web layout mirrors the mobile experience, just on a larger scale. You can still send emojis, GIFs, photos, and voice notes, view your contact list and receive notifications on the computer.

What You Can’t Do With WhatsApp Web

  • You can’t send a WhatsApp Broadcast.
  • You can’t make or receive WhatsApp Voice calls nor WhatsApp Video calls.
  • You can’t post new WhatsApp Status updates.
  • You can’t share maps or your current location.
  • You can’t change media download settings, so all photos and videos sent to you are downloaded automatically.
  • You can’t use two browsers at the same time. While you can add multiple browsers/PCs to your phone, you can only use one at a time.
  • Settings are limited to notifications through WhatsApp Web and chat wallpapers.

How to set up WhatsApp’s desktop app

Setting up the desktop app is similar to setting up WhatsApp Web, but with one exception — you need to download and install the application first.

  1. Download the Mac or Windows version of the app from whatsapp.com/download.
  2. Mac users will need to unzip the file, then move WhatsApp to the Applications folder.
  3. Windows users will need to run the EXE file and follow the prompts.
  4. When the app launches, you’ll see a QR code for you to scan with the WhatsApp phone app. Just below the code, you’ll see directions to help you find that scanning option on the app. For example, in the iOS app, tap Settings, then WhatsApp Web.
  5. After you scan the code, you’ll be able to see your WhatsApp messages on your phone and in the browser. You won’t need a Wi-Fi connection for your phone, but WhatsApp recommends connecting over Wi-Fi to avoid using too much mobile data.

What Makes WhatsApp Web Special

So why should you use WhatsApp Web when it’s more limited than the phone? Because of the keyboard, of course.

If you want to engage in long conversations with someone, it’s easier to type on the keyboard. In fact, WhatsApp Web also works with WhatsApp Business, and you’ll be glad that you can take care of multiple customers through it.

You can use keyboard shortcuts too. The most useful two to remember are Ctrl + Shift + [ to go to the previous chat, and Ctrl + Shift + ] to go to the next chat.

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