How To: Set up WhatsApp Web for iPhone

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Since the beginning of the year WhatsApp has been adding support for various platforms to its Web version, but iPhone users were left out until now. Less than a week ago, WhatsApp Web finally implemented support for iOS.

You might ask yourself, why on Earth would I need the Web version, when I can perfectly handle my WhatsApp conversations on my phone? Well…..if you’re spending a lot of time in front of your computer, you might find it more comfortable to use WhatsApp from your desktop instead of constantly switching back and forth to your iPhone every time someone sends you a new message.

The whole point of setting up WhatsApp Web is not just to use it like a stand-alone web messenger, it also syncs all your conversations between your iPhone (and other supported devices and platforms) so everything you send and receive on the desktop will be accessible on the phone as well. You can also turn on desktop notifications from the web, so you’ll always know when you get a new message without having to rely on your phone.

The iOS app doesn’t need to be updated in order to connect it to WhatsApp Web, but it is recommended to make sure you have the latest version of the app for everything to work properly. Connecting your iOS device to WhatsApp Web is very easy, so here’s what you need to do:

  • Open WhatsApp on your iPhone.
  • Go to the ‘Settings’ tab at the bottom.
  • Tap on ‘WhatsApp Web.’
  • Tap on the ‘Scan QR Code’ option.

Setting up WhatsApp Web on iOS

  • As you can see right below the ‘Scan QR Code’ option it says ‘Visit web.whatsapp.com on your computer’ so do exactly that.

WhatsApp Web QR Code

  • After you’ve opened web.whatsapp.com in a web browser on your desktop scan the displayed QR code with your iPhone and you’re done.

From now on, you can send and receive WhatsApp messages in your web browser on desktops and tablets and everything will be automatically synced with your iPhone.

Note: As you’ve probably noticed when you opened the WhatsApp Web page, below the QR code there’s a handy guide on how to connect any of the supported devices. Some of you might also have other phones running on different platforms, and as long as they’re on that list, you can connect them to WhatsApp Web as well.

Here’s how to web interface looks after you set it up:

WhatsApp Web UI

 

When iOS support was implemented for WhatsApp Web, the feature wasn’t working on non-jailbroken devices, but it does now. Also, keep in mind the feature is rolled out gradually, so if you don’t see the ‘WhatsApp Web’ option in the iOS app, give it a few more days.

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