WhatsApp does have an official way to use WhatsApp on about any platforms, via a web browser. The feature is WhatsApp Web, as its name implied, the Web version of WhatsApp. Unlike WhatsApp Messenger for mobile phones running iOS (iPhone), Android, Blackberry, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian and Windows Phone, WhatsApp Web is a web client, hence does not require any download. In addition, you cannot sign up or create new account on WhatsApp Web – it’s just an official way provided by WhatsApp so that you can sync, access and use WhatsApp Messenger running on mobile phone on your desktop, laptop, notebook, or tablet instead. In other words, you need to have existing WhatsApp account to use WhatsApp Web.
To use WhatsApp Web, you need to have one of the following web browsers (more browsers may be supported in future):
- Gogole Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox
- Safari (MacOS 10.8+ only)
How to Use WhatsApp Web on Computer
- Upgrade WhatsApp Messenger to latest version if applicable as WhatsApp Web always requires latest version of WhatsApp Messenger. You can check for update in the app store of respective mobile platform.
- Visit the following URL with a support web browser:
- A QR code should be displayed on the screen.
Remember to deselect (untick) the check box for Keep me signed in in you are using a public computer. Leave it selected if you don’t want to scan the QR code again in future in order to use WhatsApp on computer.
- Open WhatsApp Messenger app on the smartphone, then go to the following menu location:
On Android, Windows Phone & Nokia S60: Menu -> WhatsApp Web
On iOS (iPhone & iPad): Settings -> WhatsApp Web
- Now, use the smartphone to scan the QR code on the computer’s screen provided by WhatsApp Web. Depending on the version of WhatsApp Messenger app, you may need to tap on “OK, GOT IT” to start the scanning.
- In a split second, WhatsApp Web will automatically log into the account and sync the messages. You can now use WhatsApp on the computer, and do note that whatever you chats and messages you engage in on WhatsApp Web is also synced to WhatsApp Messenger app on the smartphone.
On Blackberry: Chats -> Menu key -> WhatsApp Web
On Blackberry 10: Swipe down from top of screen -> WhatsApp Web
On Nokia S40: Swipe up from bottom of screen -> WhatsApp Web
On support web browser, you can turn on desktop notifications to receive desktop alerts and notification sounds when there is new incoming chat and message. Access the notification settings via Menu -> Notifications. Do also allow the browser to show notifications if prompted.