WhatsApp Web Explained In One Handy Guide


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WhatsApp Web
WhatsApp Web

WhatsApp Web: Step-by-step guide on how to use WhatsApp on your laptop.

WhatsApp is widely used around the world for personal and professional communication. It is undoubtedly the most popular messaging app. WhatsApp is primarily for mobile with its Android and iOS apps for smartphones.

The other platform where you can use WhatsApp is on the web through WhatsApp Web, and also through its desktop apps. WhatsApp Web launched back in 2015, and it has since been updated with useful features to keep it at par with the mobile versions.

WhatsApp Web: How to use

To get started with using WhatsApp Web, follow these steps:

1.On your computer, open the browser of your choice and visit www.web.whatsapp.com and hit enter.

2.You’ll now be asked to scan the QR code that appears on the screen. If you have an Android smartphone, open WhatsApp > tap the vertical three-dots icon and select WhatsApp Web. Similarly, if you have an iPhone, open WhatsApp > tap Settings > followed by tapping WhatsApp Web.

3.Now, scan the QR code that’s there on your computer screen. That’s it, WhatsApp Web will now be active on your computer system. You can simply start chatting with your contacts by opening their chat threads. Besides, you can also start a new chat by clicking on the new chat icon.

4.Just for the record, WhatsApp Web works on both Mac and Windows PC.
5.Do note, for WhatsApp Web to work, your phone on which your WhatsApp account is active needs to be turned on along with having an active internet connection.

WhatsApp Web app: How to download and use with QR code

If you prefer having WhatsApp as an app for your desktop, rather than going to your web browser and loading WhatsApp Web each time you have closed the browser, follow these steps:

1.On your computer, visit www.whatsapp.com/download and hit enter.

2.Under Download WhatsApp for Mac or Windows PC, click the green Download button. Note, that the website automatically detects whether you’re using a Mac or a Windows PC, so you don’t really have to look for a particular version for your system.

3.Once your file is downloaded, install it on your system and open it.
You’ll now see the familiar QR code, just like the one you see when you open WhatsApp Web on a browser.

4.Scan the QR code from your phone by opening WhatsApp. If you have an Android smartphone, open WhatsApp > tap the vertical three-dots icon and select WhatsApp Web. Similarly, if you have an iPhone, open WhatsApp > tap Settings > followed by tapping WhatsApp Web.

5.Before scanning the code, make sure you check the Keep me signed in option right below the QR code. This is to be done so that you don’t have to scan the code each and every time you open the app.

Does WhatsApp Web work when phone is off

The simple answer to this is no. WhatsApp Web won’t work on your computers and tablets if the mobile number with which it is synced is turned off. For WhatsApp Web to work, your phone on which your WhatsApp account is active needs to be turned on along with having an active internet connection. Once you’re connected on WhatsApp Web, it won’t logout even after you’ve closed the browser or even if you have turned off your system. This means that every time when you visit the website web.whatsapp.com, your WhatsApp chats will open.

Moreover, you don’t even need the phone nearby for WhatsApp Web to work. This means that the phone and the device on which WhatsApp Web is active can be miles apart from each other, but they will still continue to work.

WhatsApp Web: How to edit profile

To edit your personal details such as your name, profile photo and about in WhatsApp Web, follow these steps:

1.Open WhatsApp Web on your computer’s browser or open the desktop app.

2.Click your profile icon at the top. To change your profile photo from your computer, click on your profile photo if you have set one already > click on Upload photo or Take photo depending on your choice.

3.Below your profile picture, you can see your name. Click the pencil icon to edit.
Similarly, below your name you’ll see About. Click the pencil icon to edit.

4.Unfortunately, you don’t have the option to post WhatsApp Status. However, you can still check your contact’s status stories. To do that click on the Status icon, next to your profile picture > now click on any contact to view their status.

WhatsApp Web: Voice/ Video calling

While WhatsApp Web allows you to chat, send photos/ videos to friends and family, check statuses or even archiving and blocking chats, you’ll be disappointed to know that the ability to make voice or video calls on WhatsApp Web is still not possible. Officially, the feature is yet to be added by WhatsApp. However, if you must make a voice or video call via WhatsApp on your computer, then follow these steps. Do note, there will be some limitations about which we are going to tell you in a bit.

1.Visit www.bluestacks.com and download Bluestacks. For those who don’t know, Bluestacks is one of the most popular Android emulators for computers.

2.Visit www.bluestacks.com and download Bluestacks. For those who don’t know, Bluestacks is one of the most popular Android emulators for computers.
3.Once downloaded, open WhatsApp and register with the phone number that you use on the service.

4.Note that once you register the number on WhatsApp over here in Bluestacks, the phone number will stop working on the device it was registered before. Which means, if you have set up WhatsApp in Bluestacks using the number that was on your phone, then you can now only use WhatsApp on Bluestacks and not on your phone. Sorry, but that’s the limitation we were talking about.

5.Apart from this, once you have set up WhatsApp with your phone number in Bluestacks, you can start adding contacts to your WhatsApp accounts > open their chat threads and start making voice or video calls. The interface looks exactly the same as it looks on an Android smartphone.

WhatsApp Web not working: How to fix

You now know what is WhatsApp Web, how to access it and how to use it. However, there can be times when WhatsApp Web or the desktop app might just not work on your computer for various reasons. In order to fix those problems, follow these steps:

1.You could be having phone connection problems because of which WhatsApp Web might not work on your computer. To fix this, make sure that your phone always has an active internet connection.

2.You could also be having computer connection problems. If you see a yellow banner above your chats list with the error message “Computer not connected”, make sure to check your computer’s Internet connection is active. It is not just your phone that needs to have an active and stable connection, but your computer also requires the same.

3.Lastly, you could also have Wi-Fi problems while using WhatsApp Web. If WhatsApp Web notifies you that you’re on a Wi-Fi network that’s preventing WhatsApp Web from operating correctly, please make sure your network is set up to bypass traffic to web.whatsapp.com, .web.whatsapp.com, or .whatsapp.net.

WhatsApp Web: How to download all media

Unlike the mobile version of WhatsApp, it is not possible to download all media on WhatsApp Web. While WhatsApp Web does allow you to download photos, videos and audio files, there’s no option to download these files all at once. Instead, to download media on WhatsApp Web, you’ll have to click on each and every file and download them individually.

WhatsApp Web: How to stop auto-download

As we just mentioned, there’s no option to download all media at once on WhatsApp Web. Similarly, there’s no option to auto-download media files on WhatsApp Web as well. Which means, for now you don’t need to worry about auto-downloaded media files from WhatsApp that clog your device’s storage.


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