WhatsApp is the most downloaded and used messaging app on Android and iPhone. For better experience, WhatsApp also provide its desktop client web app at https://web.whatsapp.com/. This desktop client bring you a simple general WhatsApp experience just like in the smartphone app, with the only lacking feature is voice and video call. You can learn how to use WhatsApp Web in this article.
Using WhatsApp Web on a PC/laptop is quite easy compared to the smartphone app. Especially if you work and use WhatsApp as its messaging tools. With these WhatsApp Web tips, you make your work and everyday life a hell lot easier. If you’re really new into this, you can learn easily on how to use it.
But, before talking about how to use it, we would like to discuss how it is different than the smartphone app.
The Difference between WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp Mobile App
The WhatsApp app on the smartphone, both on Android and iPhone, works with complete features including saving new contacts. In the desktop version, WhatsApp Web client, you can send messages to other users whose contacts you have saved.
WhatsApp Web must be connected to the WhatsApp app on your smartphone. This means you can’t use WhatsApp Web without logging in into your WhatsApp mobile app. You can’t use them separately. And the only way you can log in is by scanning bar-code that is showing on the desktop/web app client. You can’t also use WhatsApp Web if you turn off your smartphone or disconnect your smartphone from the internet. WhatsApp Web even will notify you if your smartphone’s battery is too low and that you have to charge it to continue using the web app client.
There are two WhatsApp Web client: 1) web app, 2) desktop app. The first obviously need a browser to work. The second is standalone desktop app that you need to install on your Windows PC or Mac. The second clearly doesn’t need a browser to work.
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How to Use WhatsApp Web on Your PC/Laptop (Browser)
Once you login into the mobile app, let’s login into the desktop/web app client.
Open any browser on your PC. You can use any browser, whether it’s Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera. It doesn’t matter. Then visit https://web.whatsapp.com/.
Then you should see this kind of bar-code.
Now, go to the smartphone app. Tap on the menu button.
Tap WhatsApp Web. It will show the camera that let you scan the bar-code that shown on your PC’s browser.
Scan it. Wait for a second.
Then, you’ve been logging into WhatsApp Web!
How to Use WhatsApp Web on Your Smartphone
You can even use WhatsApp Web on your smartphone, simply because it’s built for that purpose. All you have to do is enabling the desktop site on your Chrome browser (if you use Android) or your Safari browser (if you use iPhone).
First, you need a QR code scanner app. You can install any kind of QR code scanner app from the Play Store or App Store.
Then, open browser and go to https://web.whatsapp.com/.
WhatsApp generally doesn’t provide browser mobile client, but you can use the same WhatsApp Web client that works on the desktop, by visiting it with Desktop mode.
The only way we can do this is by checking the Desktop site checkbox on the menu option.
That way, WhatsApp Web will reload and show you the QR code.
Once the QR code shown, scan them using QR code scanner app.
Now you can use WhatsApp Web client on your mobile browser.
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How to Download and Use WhatsApp Web Desktop App
WhatsApp also provide its desktop standalone app. This means you can chat with others without opening browser.
You download WhatsApp Web desktop client app here.
It works both for Windows and Mac.
Once you downloaded the app, you can install it on your PC/laptop.
Now you can login the same way you login into the WhatsApp Web on browser.
Tap menu option. Tap WhatsApp Web. Then scan the QR code that’s showing.
Now you can use WhatsApp Web without going to visit the website on the browser.