How to Use WhatsApp Web – Chat on WhatsApp on Your Computer

08/01/2019     Author: Billy Gray

Now you can chat to all your friends on WhatsApp without even having to use your phone. Simply open WhatsApp Web and you can chat to all your friends on your PC/Mac.

 

WhatsApp Web is your new way to chat with your pals without having to pick your phone up. It works in the same way that WhatsApp for mobile does. The interface is pretty much exactly the same, maintaining its signature minimalism.

Using WhatsApp Web is easy. Setting it up only takes a minute via a quick QR code scan. Once it’s up and running, you can start messaging your contacts in the same way you would on the app.

What’s that WhatsApp?

WhatsApp was founded in 2009 and it didn’t take long before more than 250,000 people began using it. This shot the value of the company into the millions of dollars. By 2011, WhatsApp was one of the top 20 apps on the US app store. Nowadays, there are more than 1.5 billion WhatsApp users, making it the most popular messaging app in the world.

The app made headlines in 2014 when it was acquired by Facebook for $19 billion. This was the biggest purchase of a venture backed company that had ever taken place. Not everyone was impressed about Facebook having its hands on the service. Many people left WhatsApp and looked for more private messaging services like Telegram (which saw an 8 million increase in users after the deal).

That being said, the number of people using WhatsApp continues to grow in the hundreds of millions and the brand is now one of the most recognizable logos in the tech world.

At the beginning of 2015, WhatsApp began operating WhatsApp Web. This desktop version of the app allows users to sync their conversations and contacts over to a browser-based edition of the messaging service.

What is this WhatsApp Web?

WhatsApp Web serves as a way for users to connect to the messaging app while on their laptop or computer. It’s a useful backup to have in case your battery on your phone runs out or just for those who prefer typing on a proper keyboard.

WhatsApp Web syncs all of your conversations and contacts from the app, so everything you do is kept up-to-date on both platforms simultaneously.

The interface of WhatsApp Web is remarkably similar to that of the app version. Everything is kept simple, with an emphasis on the conversation tabs and a settings page. You conversations are listed down the left hand side of the screen and most of the page is taken up by the conversation window. You can still upload photos and other media content to send to people just like on the mobile app.

One major difference is that you can’t video or audio call people on WhatsApp web. This is a feature that the company is currently working to install, but as it stands, you’ll have to stick to Skype or Facebook for all your desktop video calling needs. Other than this one difference, WhatsApp Web is pretty much a clone of its little mobile brother.

Oh, and of course, it’s free. That’s not going to change.

How to set up WhatsApp Web

Setting up WhatsApp Web is easy. Simply go to the official website of the service and enter your mobile number. You’ll see a QR code and you’ll then have to open WhatsApp on your phone or tablet and scan the code. This will automatically sign you in to WhatsApp Web. You can then choose to have your browser save the password and username so you don’t have to keep scanning QR codes every time you want to check your WhatsApp.

Once you’ve logged in, everything is as you’d expect to see it on the mobile version of the app. It’s really that simple. It’s funny that so many people aren’t even aware that WhatsApp Web exists. Once you’ve set it up, you’ll find yourself using it often when sat at your desk instead of constantly having to check your phone.

Final note

We hope that after reading this you have more of an idea why you should consider setting up WhatsApp Web and how to do it. It’s a great little thing to have on your browser for those times when you just can’t be bothered to work your thumbs. Enjoy!

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