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Find out What Is WhatsApp Web and How To Use It

WhatsApp is the most used social media platform in the world. Find out what WhatsApp Web is, how it works, and how you can start using it today.

WhatsApp Web

WhatsApp is a cross-platform messaging app that allows users to communicate with each other without incurring SMS charges. WhatsApp Web is the web version of WhatsApp that lets users send and receive messages from their computer browsers.

To use WhatsApp Web, you must have WhatsApp installed on your mobile phone and be signed in to your account. Once you're signed in, you can start using WhatsApp Web on your computer.

WhatsApp Web is a great way to stay connected with your contacts while at your computer. You can use it to send and receive messages, photos, and videos, and even make voice and video calls.

If you're not sure how to get started with WhatsApp Web, don't worry. We've got you covered. Here's everything you need to know about WhatsApp Web, including how to set it up and start using it.

What is WhatsApp Web?

WhatsApp Web is the web version of WhatsApp that lets users send and receive messages from their computer browsers. WhatsApp Web is a great way to stay connected with your contacts while at your computer.

WhatsApp is a cross-platform messaging app that allows users to communicate with each other without incurring SMS charges. WhatsApp Web lets users extend their WhatsApp experience to their computer browsers.

To use WhatsApp Web, you must have WhatsApp installed on your mobile phone and be signed in to your account. Once you're signed in, you can start using WhatsApp Web on your computer.

12 Key Things You Need To Know About WhatsApp Web

There are certain features that make WhatsApp web client different from WhatsApp mobile app:

  1. As of now, Google Chrome and a computer are required to access WhatsApp through the Web; utilizing Chrome on a tablet or smartphone is not supported.
  2. You must update WhatsApp on your phone to the latest version available from the relevant app store for the web feature to function.
  3. You must currently have an active WhatsApp account and be an active user. A WhatsApp account cannot be created online.
  4. Messages cannot be deleted or forwarded via the web version, and you can't create new groups or leave existing ones. To use the app fully, you must first download it.
  5. The web client is only temporary. Nothing is saved on the computer itself. Attachments can be viewed, but they will only be available later if you download them.
  6. WhatsApp Web does not allow you to log in to two different WhatsApp web devices (you can only log in to your phone, which must be logged in, plus one WhatsApp web device) or in two different browsers at the same time. Automatically, when you are logged in on one, you are logged out of another.
  7. You cannot use WhatsApp Web without a good Internet connection. It will not respond.
  8. WhatsApp Web doesn't allow you to save new contacts. You must first save the contact on the phone.
  9. WhatsApp Web does not allow Broadcast messages to be sent.
  10. WhatsApp Web does not allow you to receive either phone or video calls.
  11. You also cannot post a status on WhatsApp Web. But you can view people's statuses, including yours, on WhatsApp web.
  12. WhatsApp web does not allow location or map sharing.

How to use WhatsApp Web summary:

How to use Whatsapp web

  1. Open WhatsApp on your mobile device.
  2. Tap on the Settings Icon (gear icon) and open WhatsApp Web/Desktop.
  3. Now, open web.whatsapp.com on a web browser on your PC.
  4. Scan the on-screen QR Code using the WhatsApp Scanner from your mobile phone.
  5. As you scan the QR Code, your WhatsApp account will now be accessible through your PC.
  6. All the messages will be synced across, and anything you do on one device will apply to both.

How to Set Up WhatsApp Web step-by-step 

Setting up WhatsApp Web is easy. However, there are some prerequisites. You'll need the following things before you can start setting up WhatsApp Web:

  • An iPhone or Android phone with a working rear camera.
  • The latest version of WhatsApp on your phone.
  • A computer with a supported web browser such as Google Chrome. You can also download WhatsApp app client on Windows PC or Mac because it works almost the same as the WhatsApp web client.
  • A working connection to the internet (a must).

If you meet the prerequisites, setting up WhatsApp Web is simple. Just follow these steps:

  1. Open your web browser on your computer, and navigate to the https://web.whatsapp.com/ page.
    WhatsApp Web page
  2. Next, open WhatsApp on your mobile phone. When the application opens, ensure you're signed in with the correct account, then navigate to Menu > Settings > Linked Devices.
    Link devices
  3. Tap on the Link a Device button. You may be prompted by your phone to give WhatsApp temporary access to your camera — make sure to grant this permission to proceed.
    Whatsapp web > Link a device
  4. Point your rear camera at the computer screen and scan the QR code shown on the WhatsApp Web site.
    Whatsapp web > Scan QR Code
  5. You should see the website automatically log you into WhatsApp Web. This may take several minutes, depending on how many messages you have.

That's it! Now you can use WhatsApp in your web browser through the WhatsApp Web service. View your messages, send new messages, and stay in touch with your peers from anywhere in the world through your computer.

Alternatively, you can also download the WhatsApp Desktop application. While the limitations are similar, this is perfect for users who don't want to switch web browsers to use WhatsApp web.

How to log out from WhatsApp Web?

Once you are done using WhatsApp Web, you may want to log out from WhatsApp. Follow this guide to learn how to log out from WhatsApp Web:

  1. Open WhatsApp on your mobile device.
  2. Tap on the Settings Icon (gear icon at the bottom-right side of the screen)
  3. Tap on WhatsApp Web/Desktop.
  4. It will show all the active sessions there. Scroll and tap on Log out from all devices.
  5. Confirm by tapping on Log Out.
  6. You have now logged out from all the active sessions.

Alternatively, you can directly log out from Whatsapp Web by clicking on the Menu icon (3 dots at the upper-left side of the screen) > Log out.

WhatsApp Web features

After scanning the QR code, you can view your WhatsApp chat list directly on the web page. On the left, you can see your chats by clicking a contact to open the chat and your message history, if you saved it.

On the top left of the Web page, three icons are available: Status, New chat, and Menu, which offers a list of nested options. The Status option reveals all statuses posted by your contacts along with the ability to respond from the reply area at the bottom of the pane. Clicking New chat opens the contacts list on the left side of the page. From here, you can create a new group or begin a conversation.

The three-dot drop-down menu lets you create a new group, change information in your profile, search archived chats, view starred messages, change settings like notifications and chat wallpaper, or log out.

How to use WhatsApp for Android 12

If you're using Android 12, here are the steps to follow after you open the WhatsApp website on your computer:

Step 1: On Android phones, launch WhatsApp and select the three dots at the upper right from the Chat pane.

Step 2: Select Linked devices and then select Link a device.

Step 3: Hold your phone up to the QR code on your computer to pair it.

Step 4: Your smartphone account is now linked to the app's web version.

Step 5: From there, you can send and receive messages from your computer’s desktop browser.

How to use WhatsApp Web for iOS 15

Using WhatsApp for iOS 15 is easy; just follow these steps.

Step 1: To launch WhatsApp Web, just click on its URL in Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, or Edge and scan the QR code on the page with the WhatsApp mobile app from your phone. WhatsApp Web automatically launches in the browser and remains active until you log out on your computer or phone.

Step 2: Go to the WhatsApp website to link WhatsApp Web with your mobile phone app.

Step 3: Launch WhatsApp on your iPhone or Android mobile phone.

Step 4: Scan the QR code that appears on the site with your phone open to WhatsApp.

Whatsapp web for iOS 15

Step 5: On the iPhone, select Settings > WhatsApp Web/Desktop.

Step 6: Choose Scan QR code and hold your phone up to the code to pair it.

Install WhatsApp on your system

WhatsApp allows users to have a Windows or Mac desktop client to download directly from the app’s website and use it on their system.

  1. Follow the installer’s instruction prompts once you download the app (which is essentially just a replica of the web-based app) on Windows. If you’re using a Mac, you can launch WhatsApp once you drag the icon to your Applications folder.
  2. Launch it, and you’ll receive a message asking you to scan a QR code on both the web browser version and the web app. Remember that WhatsApp keeps you signed in until you manually sign out.
  3. When you’re ready to sign out, navigate to the WhatsApp menu on your cell phone and select Log out from all devices.
  4. If you’re on a computer, you can click the three-dot icon at the top of the message and select the Log out button.

Benefits of using the WhatsApp Web app

WhatsApp web benefits

I've used WhatsApp Web for some time now, and I could think of so many reasons why you, too, should use it.

  • No more phone. Once you’ve scanned your WhatsApp Web QR code and opened up the WhatsApp web app, you may longer need to use the phone to send messages and files unless you're on the go and yu really need to use your phone.
  • Keep top of your conversation. WhatsApp web helps you keep on top of your conversations from your computer. There’s no need to switch between the PC and the phone whenever a new message comes in. You can read and reply to them from the web browser.
  • Use your PC/Mac keyboard to type messages. The biggest benefit of WhatsApp Web is using your PC’s keyboard to type out messages. This means that you can type considerably faster than you would on your phone’s keyboard. It makes typing lengthy formal messages very easy.
  • Share files from your PC/Mac. Need to share files from your computer quickly? You can easily send contacts, photos, documents, and other files through WhatsApp Web. Select as many as you want and send them on their way. If you receive a lot of files through WhatsApp, keep in mind that the web app won’t automatically save them on your computer. You will need to download the incoming files on the computer manually, unlike Whatsapp on the phone, which downloads media automatically.
  • Overall productivity. Overall, WhatsApp web gives you more productivity. You can type on your PC/Mac keyboard, respond to messages without looking at your phone and avoid distraction while working.
  • Make calls. Although WhatsApp Web doesn’t let you make voice/video calls to individual contacts like WhatsApp mobile app does, you can still make group video calls on the web version through the Messenger Rooms feature. Once you create a room, simply share the link with the people you want to invite to the group video chat. They’ll be able to join even if they don’t have WhatsApp or Messenger. It also doesn’t require you or the participants to log into Facebook. It’s important to remember that Messenger Rooms aren’t end-to-end encrypted.

WhatsApp Web Tips and tricks: Keyboard Shortcuts on WhatsApp Web

WhatsApp web Keyboard shortcuts

If you are using WhatsApp Web, let me show you some important keyboard shortcuts for Windows PC and Mac your benefit and increased productivity:

1#Find messages

When chatting with someone and you need to search for important information, WhatsApp Web displays all your previous chats with people just the same way it is stored on your WhatsApp mobile. And you can search any information.

  • on Mac: press CMD + SHIFT + F key combinations to search the info
  • on Windows PC; press the key combinations CTRL + SHIFT + F.

#2 Find unread messages

If you're caught in a situation where you want to see messages a friend/colleague/family sent you but couldn't reply, try the unread feature of WhatsApp Web.

  • On Mac: input CMD + CTRL + SHIFT + U;
  • On Windows PC: input the keyboard shortcut combination is CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + U.

#3. Archive chats

  • Mac: CMD + CTRL + E
  • Windows: CTRL + ALT + E.

#4. Create Group

Just as you can access groups and send messages through WhatsApp Web, it also allows you to create a new group on the WhatsApp server.

  • Mac: CMD + CTRL + SHIFT + N
  • Windows PC: CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + N  

#5. Initiate new chat

Although WhatsApp Web does not allow you to save new contacts, you can create or initiate a new chat.

  • Mac: CMD + N
  • Windows PC: CTRL + ALT + N.

These combinations will direct you to the contact list, where you can find the contact you what to chat with.

#6. Customize your account

You may be one of the people who enjoy setting up or customizing WhatApp accounts on Mac/PC. You can also do it on WhatsApp web. To do this, open settings on WhatsApp Web with:

  • Mac: CMD + CTRL + 
  • Windows PC: CTRL + ALT +

#7. Mute notifications - Stop receiving notifications

To stop receiving notifications from a chat partner or a specific group, the next line of action is to mute notifications from such a person or group.

  • Mac: CMD + CTRL + SHIFT + M
  • Windows PC: CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + M

#8. Delete chats

Due to privacy reasons or because you need to free up space, you may need to delete particular chats on your WhatsApp chat lists. Here are the keyboard shortcuts to delete chats:

  • Mac: CMD + SHIFT + Backspace 
  • Windows PC: CTRL + ALT + Backspace 

#9. Search in chat lists

You can also search in chat lists. This is important when you need to pick out a specific chat from your chat lists.

  • Mac: CMD + CTRL + /
  • Windows PC: CTRL + ALT + / 

Check out: Key keyboard features for Computer Keyboards and Gaming Keyboards.

Final Thoughts

WhatsApp Web on Mac or Windows PC is a great way to stay connected with your contacts while at your computer. Setting up WhatsApp Web is easy, and the service is free. With WhatsApp Web, you can send and receive messages from your computer without incurring SMS charges.

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