Hi and welcome to my blog. I’m Frankie Caruso and today I’ll show you how to use WhatsApp from your PC or Mac.
It’s undoubtedly easy to use WhatsApp from your computer, especially when you are in the office or working from home and you spend hours and hours in front of your PC.
There are many benefits: the screen is bigger, the keyboard is more convenient than your phone’s touchscren and you have fewer distractions.
There are two ways to use WhatsApp from a computer:
- Through the official app available for Mac and Windows
- Using WhatsApp Web
Today my duty will be to explain these two methods down to detail to you.
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How to Use WhatsApp From a Computer
Before learning how to use WhatsApp from your PC or Mac, there are two things you need to know: download and set up WhatsApp properly on your smartphone and have your computer connected to the Internet.
Once you’ve done that, you have two choices: download the official WhatsApp Desktop app on your PC or use WhatsApp Web from an interntet browser (e.g. Google Chrome).
Regardless of your choice, the steps to be followed are very similar.
If you decide to use WhatsApp Desktop, you must have a computer running Windows 8 (or newer) or a Mac running iOS 10.10. (or newer).
Downloading WhatsApp Desktop is really very simple and above all free. All you have to do is log in to the WhatsApp Desktop download page and click on “DOWNLOAD FOR MAC OS” or “DOWNLOAD FOR WINDOWS”.
WhatsApp’s website automatically detects the type of computer and operating system you are using – so you won’t risk downloading the wrong version.
Once you have downloaded the program, open the file and complete the installation.
If you decide to use WhatsApp Web, all you have to do is open a web page on your browser (Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, etc.) and go to WhatsApp’s website: web.whatsapp.com.
- Open WhatsApp Desktop or WhatsApp Web
- Open WhatsApp on your smartphone (iPhone or Android)
- If you have an Android device, tap on the three dots in the top right corner and tap on WhatsApp Web/Desktop. If you are using an iPhone, click on the gear icon in the lower right corner and choose WhatsApp Web/Desktop.
- Scan the QR code that appears on your PC screen. It is used to sync the application and enable data transmission.
- In a few seconds, WhatsApp will connect to your computer. This will give you access to all messages and conversations.
Congratulations! You just linked your WhatsApp account to your computer.
- Open WhatsApp from your iPhone or Android device
- Go to Settings > WhatsApp Web/Desktop
- Click Log out from all devices
As you have seen, connecting WhatsApp to your computer is a simple task. My advice is to use the Desktop version of WhatsApp. The advantages are many and I will explain them to you in the next chapter.
Difference between WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp Desktop
Frankie, could you tell me more about the difference between the desktop application and WhatsApp Web?
Sure, let me tell you…
WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp Desktop are two versions of WhatsApp that, at least at first glance, may look very similar.
In terms of features, in fact, there are no major differences. Both applications offer the same benefits and limitations. The graphical user interface is also nearly identical, so even from a visual point of view, the two versions cannot be distinguished on the fly.
So, what makes WhatsApp Web different from WhatsApp Desktop?
As I mentioned earlier, WhatsApp Web is a version of the service that can be used on a browser. This means that it will perform exactly like a web page (like when you log in to a site).
Let me explain: every time you close your browser (Chrome, Firefox, etc.) you will have to reconnect WhatsApp to WhatsApp Web.
WhatsApp Desktop, on the other hand, is a real application. It can be installed on your computer and launched by double-clicking the corresponding icon. This means that from a software perspective, WhatsApp Desktop is much more integrated with the operating system.
So you can make the most of your connected devices (such as your microphone and camera), launch it when you start your computer, and do everything more directly.
And with WhatsApp Desktop, you don’t have to reconnect to WhatsApp every time you close your session or delete your browser’s cookies. In fact, the application stays active in the background, or even if you close it, it will permanently store your access. If you want to log out of WhatsApp Desktop, you will need to do so manually.
WhatsApp Desktop and Web Features
Now that the operation and differences between WhatsApp Web and Desktop are a bit clearer to you, it’s time to figure out what you can and cannot do with WhatsApp from your computer.
While you can easily send messages to both individual contacts and group members, some options are not available.
Let me list what features are available:
- Send messages in both group and individual chats, without missing out on broadcasts;
- Capture, view and send photos and videos;
- Record and listen to voice messages (if your PC has a microphone);
- Create new groups;
- Use GIF, emoji and stickers.
On the other hand, you cannot:
- Make voice calls and video calls via VoIP;
- Make conference call and Video conference via VoIP;
- Create and post status updates (stories);
- Write with different formatting options (you will need to do this using WhatsApp’s writing combinations).
At present, these features are exclusive to the mobile application.
With a quick search on the web, however, you’ll find that WhatsApp Web/Desktop offers many more possibilities than you might at first glance. For example, if you use it on Google Chrome, you can add extensions – such as Instazzap or WAToolkit – that will give you access to extra features.
Before I wrap up my guide – which I hope has been useful to you so far – I have decided to choose and answer the questions that I have been asked several times in recent years about this topic.
QUESTION NO. 1
Can I use WhatsApp Web/Desktop when my phone is turned off?
One of the most common questions users ask me is whether you can use WhatsApp Web or Desktop with your phone off. It would be great to be able to use the computer version on your own, wouldn’t it?
Unfortunately this isn’t possible at present.
Before you go nuts, let me tell you why.
The WhatsApp account you first registered on your phone is unique and linked to your phone number, but please note that WhatsApp messaging is not currently based on a cloud platform (such as Telegram or Facebook Messenger), so you would not have access to the chat database that is stored in your phone’s internal memory (on local).
For these reasons, at least for now, you cannot use WhatsApp Web/Desktop without having turned on your phone.
Let me clarify: the screen of your PC, although it allows you to send and receive messages, will only be a mirror of what happens on your smartphone.
QUESTION NO. 2
Can I use WhatsApp Web/Desktop without being connected to the same Wi-Fi network?
Let’s get it straight once and for all: Yes, you can connect to WhatsApp Web/Desktop even if your PC and smartphone are not connected to the same wireless network.
Regardless of whether your phone is connected to the mobile network or even to another Wi-Fi network, don’t worry, you can access chat remotely. The only requirement is that your phone is connected to the internet.
Keep in mind, then, that browsing speed and bandwidth will depend on your smartphone. That’s why we always recommend using the Wi-Fi network. For example, if you send a heavy video via WA Web, this could consume several gigabytes of your mobile phone data plan.
QUESTION NO. 3
How do i enable or disable WhatsApp web notifications? how do i enable and configure desktop alerts?
You can receive notifications both on WhatsApp Web or desktop notifications. The notifications can be found at the bottom right of the screen once you have activated it.
To turn them on tap Setting >Turn on desktop notifications in the blue box at the top of the chat list and then click “Allow”
To turn off WhatsApp Web or desktop notifications, click on the three dots Menu, then click on Settings > Notifications and uncheck Sound and Desktop Alerts.
You can also temporarily disable notifications by going to Notifications > Turn off alerts and sounds for… and pick the desired amount of time. If you are not receiving any kind of alerts, check to see if you have turned on notifications in your browser or if you have muted them.
QUESTION NO. 4
Is it dangerous for my privacy to use WhatsApp Web/Desktop?
Like I told you before, WhatsApp Web and the desktop version require you to scan a QR code using the app on the smartphone. Once you have scanned the code, you can then use WhatsApp from both your computer and smartphone.
This means that if you don’t log out after you have finished, anybody who has access to your computer can spy on your WhatsApp conversations.
That’s all for now. I’ve shown you all my knowledge on the subject.
Before we say goodbye, here are the basic steps for using WhatsApp from your computer:
- Download and install WhatsApp Desktop or use WhatsApp Web from a web page.
- Open WhatsApp on your phone and tap on WhatsApp Web/Desktop from the menu.
- Scan the QR code which appears on your computer screen.
Besides these steps I showed you first the differences between the desktop application and WhatsApp web app and then the main features.
I hope I have been informative, if you have any doubts or questions you can comment on the post. I will be happy to answer you as soon as possible.
Come back soon for more news and guides about WhatsApp and Messenger.
PS – Did you know that WhatsApp has so many secret features that very few people know about? I’ve listed them all in my guide top 40 secret whatsapp tips and tricks you should know.