Getting Started On How To Use WhatsApp On Pc

Most people frequently use WhatsApp on their smartphones not knowing how to use WhatsApp on pc, if you own a computer and yet you don’t know how to use WhatsApp on your laptop, then you’re in this category.

Yes, aside from using WhatsApp on phone, you can also make use of WhatsApp on the computer be it laptop or desktop provided an internet connection is enabled on that personnel computer (PC).

In this view, WhatsApp web will come into play. However, aside from using the WhatsApp web, there’s another option provided for you to use WhatsApp on PC without making use of a web browser and this is simply by downloading the PC WhatsApp version.

So on this; this article covers the information on how to use WhatsApp on Pc with or without a phone.

How to use WhatsApp on PC

Basically, there are 2 ways you can use WhatsApp on your computer and they’re as follows:

  • WhatsApp Web
  • WhatsApp Desktop

What is WhatsApp Web?

WhatsApp Web is a browser-based application of WhatsApp that helps you synced with the mobile phone WhatsApp app so as to let you send and receive WhatsApp messages from your computer.

How to use the WhatsApp Web on Computer

Whether you are using a PC, laptop, or tablet, to view WhatsApp messages on a PC, laptop, or tablet with WhatsApp Web is pretty easy. Here’s how to get the WhatsApp web browser started:

  • Make sure you enable internet connection for both your phone and PC.
  • On your computer (laptop or desktop), load a browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera etc) and type https://web.whatsapp.com/ in the browser search bar.
  • You’ll see QR code visible in your computer’s web browser screen, this is to be scanned using phone mobile WhatsApp.

Follow the steps below to complete.

  • If you’re Android users, open the WhatsApp app on your phone and tap the three dots at the top right then choose WhatsApp web/Linked devices.
  • And if you’re iPhone users, start the WhatsApp mobile app on your iPhone, tap the settings icon at the bottom left then choose WhatsApp web/desktop/connect to PC.
  • At this point, you will be prompted to use your smartphone’s camera to scan the QR code visible in your computer’s web browser screen.
  • Take your phone’s camera at the computer screen to scan the QR code.
  • Immediately, the Whatsapp web will automatically launch in the computer web browser and this will always remain active until you log out either from your computer or your phone.

What is WhatsApp Desktop?

The WhatsApp Desktop is an application you can download to your computer that will enable you do WhatsApp on your laptop without a phone.

The Difference between WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp Desktop

Talking about the difference between WhatsApp Web and Desktop, both are computer-based extensions of the WhatsApp account on your phone. Here, the messages you send and receive are synced between your smartphone and computer, and you can see your messages on both devices.

As explained in the definition on both, WhatsApp Web is a browser-based means of connecting your phone’s mobile WhatsApp app to your PC while WhatsApp Desktop is an application you download and install on your computer that enables you to do the same.

How to log in to WhatsApp Web, WhatsApp PC, or Portal,

To login to WhatsApp on WhatsApp Web, WhatsApp computer/desktop, or Portal, you need to use your phone and scan the WhatsApp QR code on your PC. To get started, follow the steps below:

Here’s how to login WhatsApp on PC with Android device

  • Open the WhatsApp app on your phone.
  • Tap More options (i.e the three dots).
  • Then tap Linked Devices.
  • Now, tap “LINK A DEVICE” and follow the on-screen instructions if your device has biometric authentication but if you don’t have biometric authentication enabled, you’ll be prompted to enter the PIN you use to unlock your phone.
  • To stay logged in on the computer, please select the checkbox next to Keep me signed in on the QR screen on your computer or Portal.
  • Use your phone to scan the QR code on your computer or Portal. That is if prompted.
  • Tap or select “Done”.

Here’s how to login WhatsApp on PC with iOS device (iPhone)

  • Open the WhatsApp app on your phone.
  • Go to WhatsApp Settings.
  • Then tap Linked Devices.
  • Tap the Link a Device option and press OK. Note, on iOS 14 and above, use Touch ID or Face ID to unlock but if you don’t have biometric authentication enabled, you’ll be prompted to enter the PIN you use to unlock your phone.
  • To always stay logged in, please select the checkbox next to Keep me signed in on the QR screen on your computer or Portal.
  • If prompted again, use your phone to scan the QR code on your computer or Portal.
  • Then tap or select “Done”.

Also, note that the WhatsApp authentication is handled by your device’s operating system using the biometrics stored there. Therefore, WhatsApp can’t access the biometric information stored by your device’s operating system.

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How to logout from WhatsApp Web or WhatsApp Desktop

You can easily log out of WhatsApp Web or WhatsApp Desktop from your smartphone, computer, or via portal device anytime. To do this, follow the steps below:

Here’s how to Log out of WhatsApp from your computer or portal.

  • Open WhatsApp Web or WhatsApp Desktop.
  • Click Menu (the 3 dots or  the down arrow) above your chats list
  • Then, click “Log out”.

Here’s how to log out of WhatsApp from your phone

  • Open the WhatsApp app on your phone.
  • Please Note: Android users: Tap More options > Linked Devices while iPhone users: Go to WhatsApp Settings > tap Linked Devices.
  • Select and tap a device.
  • Then, tap LOG OUT.

How to download WhatsApp App on your PC

For those asking how can I use WhatsApp on my PC without a phone? Yes, you can, all you need is to download and install the WhatsApp for PC application on your computer.

After this, WhatsApp can be used on your computer without a browser or syncing with your phone.

Now, to get the WhatsApp Desktop to install on your PC, you can download it from the Microsoft Store, Apple App Store, or from the WhatsApp official website.

Also, note that WhatsApp Desktop will only work on computers that meet the following operating system requirements stated below:

  • Windows 8.1 or higher/newer
  • macOS 10.10 or higher/newer

For all other operating systems lower than the above-mentioned, you can use the WhatsApp Web in your browser and get that achieved.

Here’s how to download the WhatsApp application on your computer.

  • Turn On your computers and launch the browser
  • Visit https://www.whatsapp.com/download/
  • Then download the .exe or .dmg file based on your computer operating system.
  • Once the download is complete, run the .exe or .dmg file and follow the on-screen instructions to finish the installation.

Here’s how to install the WhatsApp app on your PC.

  • Open on the .exe or .dmg WhatsApp file you’ve download.
  • Click on Run
  • Wait to allow the WhatsApp app installed on your computer
  • After a successful installation of the WhatsApp application on your PC, immediately, you’ll be prompted to scan the WhatsApp desktop QR code.
  • Open the WhatsApp app on your smartphone and scan the QR code on your computer.

WhatsApp PC Supported versions

Here’s the list of WhatsApp supported versions:

  • Mac OS X 10.10 and higher.
  • Windows 8 and higher (64-bit version).
  • Windows 8 and higher (32-bit version).

Summary

Here’s a comprehensive review of everything you should know about how to use WhatsApp on PC. So, if you’re looking for different ways to use WhatsApp on PC whether with a smartphone or not, WhatsApp for PC will get you started.

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Njoku Valentine

Hi! Am Njoku Valentine Ernest popularly known as ValErnest, am the admin of GenGuide blog, I love sharing general guides ranging from tech gist, updates, reviews, latest happening, and listing in any area that may interest my audience. Am a graduate of The Federal Polytechnic Bida, Niger State in the Computer Science department.

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