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WhatsApp for Windows


WhatsApp has become an indispensable communication tool for millions of people worldwide, providing a seamless platform for instant messaging, voice and video calls, and file sharing. While the mobile app has been immensely successful, its desktop counterpart, WhatsApp for Windows, has faced some criticism in the past.

However, with recent updates and improvements, WhatsApp for Windows has now become a reliable and user-friendly alternative to its mobile counterpart.

Keep your phone on your pocket with WhatsApp for Windows

WhatsApp for Windows is a desktop application that allows you to use WhatsApp on your Windows computer. It mirrors the features of the mobile app, allowing you to send and receive messages, make and receive calls, and share photos, videos, and documents.

With WhatsApp for Windows, you may:

  • Send and receive text messages, photos, videos, and documents
  • Make and receive voice and video calls
  • Create and manage groups
  • Use WhatsApp on your Windows computer even if your phone is off

Constant updates

WhatsApp has been working hard to improve its desktop experience, and recently the company has released a new Windows client with a number of new features. The new client brings performance improvements, better calling features, and support for multi-device sync.

The updated desktop app now supports video calls accommodating up to eight participants and audio calls catering to up to 32 participants, mirroring the mobile app’s capabilities. WhatsApp has expressed its intention to further increase the maximum number of participants permitted in group calls.

Since introducing multi-device linking, which facilitates the use of a single account across multiple devices, WhatsApp has been dedicated to elevating its desktop experience.

In June, the company released a new Mac client in public beta, specifically designed to enhance performance on Apple Silicone-based systems. Additionally, Meta’s messaging service is currently testing a version optimized for Android tablets.

While WhatsApp for Windows has made significant strides in recent updates, there are still some areas for improvement. The app could benefit from additional features, such as support for screen sharing and integration with other productivity tools.

How to login to WhatsApp via Windows app

To log in to the WhatsApp via Windows app, you will need to have the WhatsApp mobile app installed on your phone.

Once you have the mobile app installed, follow these steps:

  1. Open the WhatsApp Windows app on your computer
  2. Scan the QR code that appears on the screen using the WhatsApp mobile app
  3. Once the QR code is scanned, you will be logged into the WhatsApp Windows app

Can I install WhatsApp on Windows 10 without phone?

No, you cannot install WhatsApp on Windows 10 or Windows 11 without a phone. WhatsApp requires a phone number to create an account, and it uses your phone number to verify your identity when you log in to the app on your computer.

In the past, there were workarounds that allowed you to install WhatsApp on Windows 10 without a phone, but these workarounds have been patched by WhatsApp.

The best alternative for desktop messaging

WhatsApp for Windows has undergone a remarkable transformation, emerging as a viable alternative for desktop messaging. Its enhanced features, improved performance, and seamless integration with Windows make it a valuable tool for staying connected with friends, family, and colleagues.

While there is still room for further improvement, WhatsApp for Windows stands as a testament Meta’s commitment to providing a consistent and reliable messaging experience across all platforms.

  • Seamless integration with Windows
  • Enhanced features and functionality
  • Smoother and more responsive experience
  • Limited feature set compared to mobile app
  • Reliance on mobile device

How to use WhatsApp Web on the computer

WhatsApp has become the most popular messaging app in the world, but it has also leaped off mobile devices and onto the web. Many of us value seeing our messages come onto our computer screens in real-time as we work, and WhatsApp gives us the option, as well as being able to reply more easily and quickly using our computer keyboards. Here’s everything you need to know about WhatsApp Web and how to get started using it.


To use WhatsApp Web, open a browser and go to web.whatsapp.com. You’ll need to log in and synchronize WhatsApp Web with WhatsApp on your mobile device by scanning a QR code. Once the connection is made, any messages that appear on your WhatsApp mobile app will instantly appear on the browser version, and vice-versa.


  • What is WhatsApp Web, and how does it differ from the desktop app?
  • What are the differences between WhatsApp Web and mobile app?
  • How to access and use WhatsApp Web
  • How to log out of WhatsApp Web and keep it secure
  • How to use WhatsApp on the iPad

Editor’s note: We used a Google Pixel 7 running Android 14 to develop these steps. We also verified the steps work on Apple devices using an iPhone 12 Mini running iOS 17.2.

What is WhatsApp Web, and how does it differ from the desktop app?

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WhatsApp Web is the online browser version of WhatsApp mobile. It enables you to receive your messages on your computer screen in real time, reply by typing on your keyboard, start new conversations and groups, and search chat histories. You can receive message notifications from your browser if you have them enabled in the browser settings.

However, unlike desktop and mobile apps, it doesn’t allow you to make telephone and video calls. You also can’t change your status. So there are a few shortcomings with the browser version — but nothing that would be a deal-breaker.

What are the differences between WhatsApp Web and the mobile app?

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The differences between the web version and the mobile app are the same as the desktop app. The mobile app gives you the full WhatsApp experience with all the bells and whistles. The browser version misses things like calling, video calls, and status updates.

How to access and use WhatsApp Web

Setting up the browser version of WhatsApp is very quick and easy. The following steps assume you already have an account on the mobile app. If not, you need to do that first.

  1. On your computer, launch your browser and go to web.whatsapp.com.
  2. Now, launch WhatsApp on your phone.
  3. On Android, tap on the three-dot menu icon and select Linked devices. On iPhone, tap on the Settings tab and select Linked devices.
  4. Tap on Link a device.
  5. Use the phone’s camera to scan the QR code on WhatsApp Web.
  6. That’s it. After a few seconds, your chats will be accessible through WhatsApp Web.

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How to log out of WhatsApp Web and keep it secure

You need to bear in mind a security vulnerability when using the browser version. When you close the browser tab — or the browser completely — it doesn’t log you out of your WhatsApp account. If you’re worried about your privacy, it’s essential to sign out of your WhatsApp account before closing the browser.

  1. On your smartphone, launch WhatsApp.
  2. On Android, tap on the three-dot menu icon and select Linked devices. On iPhone, tap on the Settings tab and select Linked devices.
  3. Tap on the linked computer.
  4. Hit Log out.

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How to use WhatsApp on iPad

One of the most common complaints people make about WhatsApp is the lack of an iPad version. Until Facebook rectifies that problem, WhatsApp Web is an excellent alternative to use on the tablet. The process is very similar.

  1. Open a browser on the iPad and go to web.whatsapp.com.
  2. You will see the QR code on the screen.
  3. Follow the same smartphone steps mentioned above to connect your iPad to WhatsApp.
  4. If you’re using the Safari browser, you can even make an icon for the screen by tapping the Share button and choosing Add to Home Screen in the menu.

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The only downside to using WhatsApp on an iPad is that the notifications are pretty terrible. You’re relying on the browser to deliver the notifications, not WhatsApp. So unless you don’t need to reply to messages immediately, you would need to keep the browser open and the iPad window awake to see incoming new messages.

How to Respond to «What’s Up?»

This article was reviewed by Kelli Miller, LCSW, MSW and by wikiHow staff writer, Aly Rusciano. Kelli Miller is a Psychotherapist based in Los Angeles, California. Kelli specializes in individual and couples therapy focusing on relationships, depression, anxiety, sexuality, communication, parenting, and more. She is the author of “Love Hacks: Simple Solutions to Your Most Common Relationship Issues” which details the top 15 relationship issues and 3 quick solutions to each. She is also the award-winning and best-selling author of “Thriving with ADHD”. Kelli co-hosted an advice show on LA Talk Radio and was a relationship expert for The Examiner. She received her MSW (Masters of Social Work) from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Sociology/Health from the University of Florida.

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