It makes sense to use WhatsApp on your smartphone while you’re on the go, but juggling between two devices as you’re sitting in front of your PC is certainly not very comfortable. You can use WhatsApp on your computer and put down your smartphone in just a few simple steps.
Many people still prefer typing on a physical keyboard instead of a touchscreen, and WhatsApp has a web platform that lets you do exactly that.
Before you begin, you should know WhatsApp on the Web has a few requirements. Specifically, your smartphone can run Android, iPhone with iOS 8.1 or newer, Windows Phone 8 and 8.1, Nokia S60, Nokia S40 EVO, BlackBerry and BlackBerry 10.
Also, your mobile device needs to be connected to the Internet, regardless if it’s via Wi-Fi or cellular connection while you’re using WhatsApp Web on your PC. The web platform mirrors the app on your smartphone, so your phone has to be connected to the Internet for this to work.
How to use WhatsApp on your computer
Visit https://web.whatsapp.com/ from Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera or Edge.
The page displays a QR code, you’ll need to scan with the WhatsApp app on your phone. For each supported device, there are instructions describing how to access the scanning option in the app.
Follow the steps for your smartphone and once you scan the code, you’ll be able to see your WhatsApp messages on your phone, as well as in the browser.
Since WhatsApp Web practically mirrors the mobile layout, you can use all of the app’s features in your browser, only using a real keyboard and a much larger screen.
Keep in mind that as long as you remain logged into WhatsApp, anyone that can access your computer will be able to see your conversations. Of course, if your desktop or laptop is password-protected, that’s not a concern. Nevertheless, we recommend you log out of WhatsApp on public computers after you finish using it.
In case you forget to log out of WhatsApp on a computer in a public place, or owner by someone else, you can log out of all active sessions from the same Settings page of the mobile app you accessed to scan the QR code.