How to use WhatsApp Web on Desktop and Chrome

If you have particularly chatty people on your WhatsApp list, you will know how annoying it can be to converse with them using a mobile keyboard. Fortunately, there is a way to use WhatsApp on your PC, so that you can type with your hardware keyboard. Here’s how to use WhatsApp on your PC or Chrome.

Before starting

Please note that you cannot use WhatsApp on your PC without first setting it up on your mobile phone. As you will soon see, it is impossible to use WhatsApp on desktop without having the mobile app on your phone.

As such, if you don’t have a phone with WhatsApp installed, you’ll be hard pressed to follow these steps. If you do, make sure you have it on hand before you start.

How to set up WhatsApp on your desktop

If you want WhatsApp as a desktop app, you can download it from the download page. At the time of writing this article, you can download it for Mac and Windows.

Once you have downloaded and installed WhatsApp, start it. You will be greeted with the following screen.

Whatsapp Web Instructions

This screen tells you everything you need to know to get started, but in case you need a little help finding all of the settings, continue with this guide.

Go to your phone and open WhatsApp. Tap the three dots at the top right, then tap “WhatsApp Web”.

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Point the camera so that the highlighted box is over the QR code area, and click the button to generate a new QR code.

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After your phone scans the code, your computer automatically logs you in and displays your contacts.

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How to configure WhatsApp in Chrome

If you can’t download WhatsApp on your PC, you can access WhatsApp on the web. It works the same as the PC version, except it’s a website instead of a downloadable app.

Setting up WhatsApp in Chrome is even easier than on the desktop. All you have to do is visit WhatsApp Web, then follow the steps as instructed. These steps are the same for the desktop version, so check above for the full guide and screenshots.

What WhatsApp for the web can and can’t do

Unfortunately, this web version of WhatsApp does not contain all the functionality of the mobile app. For example, you cannot make audio or video calls through the web application. You also cannot export your Whatsapp chat history.

However, other features, such as editing profile photos, setting a status image, and adding images, are still present. They may be in different places than the mobile app, but they are there.

Find out what’s going on with WhatsApp

If you love talking to people on WhatsApp but aren’t a big fan of mobile keyboards, you don’t need to be stuck on your phone all the time. Now you know how to put WhatsApp on your PC, whether through the official desktop app or on the web.

When using WhatsApp on Chrome, here are some of the best extensions you can use for a richer WhatsApp experience.

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Simon Batt is a computer science graduate with a passion for cybersecurity.

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