What Is WhatsApp Web and How Do You Use It?

Using a keyboard is sooo much easier than being constricted to three inches to tap out that rant (or sharing how great that Popeye’s chicken sandwich really is).1

Besides being the greatest invention on Earth, WhatsApp Web is pretty much a cross-platform iMessage that allows WhatsApp users to receive and send messages through a linked computer.

Though we were early WhatsApp Web haters (goes to prove, don’t knock it ’til you try it), it’s a really needed service in a couple of ways: It allows WhatsApp users to receive and send messages on one device without needing to switch between a phone and computer constantly.

Basically, it’s really great when you are already focused on one task and want to handle all the incoming messages without breaking a sweat. Or my entire work life.

One of the more interesting quirks we noticed in our years of using it is that a phone and computer don’t need to be connected to the same network in order to work together (meaning, it’s possible to use WhatsApp Web at the office even if you’ve accidentally left the phone at home).

Some users have even reported leaving the phone in a different country and being able to use the WhatsApp Web thousands of miles away though this obviously raises some questions!

How do I use WhatsApp Web?

It goes without saying, but users should really have the app downloaded on their phone. 😁

From there, they need to download the WhatsApp computer program or open their browser of choice to https://web.whatsapp.com. Both will display a QR code that needs to be linked to the app.

(There are a few browsers like Opera that already integrate WhatsApp Web for those willing to use alternative browsers.)

Head into the main chat screen on the app, click on the upper right hand on the button, and select WhatsApp Web. On the next screen, tap the sign in the same corner. Then it will pull up a scanny thingy that you can use to scan the QR code displayed on the screen.

Here’s also a quick slideshow and video for those that like a more visual explanation:

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Now you’re ready for those WhatsApp diatribes.

1 footnote

  1. Yes, at least we think it is that great!
What Is WhatsApp Web and How Do You Use It? via @maphappy
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