When you read about using WhatsApp on your computer, you will come across the words WhatsApp Web. To start using WhatsApp Web, you must install the app on your computer by going to the official site. You can use any browser, and when you’re on WhatsApp, click the download button for Windows or Mac. Your browser will show you when the file finishes downloading. Click on it to open the file.
Once you’ve installed WhatsApp, Click on the Get Started button, and you’ll see a QR code you’ll need to scan with WhatsApp using your phone. Open WhatsApp on your phone and tap the three dots at the top right. Tap on Linked Devices. Scan the code on WhatsApp web, and your chats will start downloading. The download process could take a while, depending on how many chats need to be downloaded.
On WhatsApp Web, you can do the same things you would on your phone. You’ll notice that not everything is in the place where you would expect it, but it only looks a little different. At the top left, you’ll see the icons for your chats, phone links, and status. If you want to see any of these, this is where you’ll need to click.
Click the pencil icon at the top to send a new message. You will see frequently contacted contacts first, followed by all your contacts. You can also create a group. If you don’t feel like scrolling through your contacts, you can use the search bar to find a specific contact. Another way you can search for a particular contact is by using the search bar on WhatsApp Web’s main page at the top left. There is no need to tap on the pencil icon.
At the bottom left, you’ll see a star icon where you’ll find all your starred messages. These messages could be essential files you don’t want to lose in the sea of chats and want to make them easier to find. You can star a message by clicking or long-pressing on it and tap the Star icon. The message will be marked with a star so you know it’s been saved.
You’ll also see an archive icon where you’ll find all the chats you’ve out there. You can archive a chat by right-clicking on a chat and choosing Archive.
By clicking on the cogwheel, you can access other options, such as:
- General: You can start WhatsApp when you log in and change the language.
- Account: Here, you can see how your account is set up. For example, you can see who can see your last seen and online. You’ll also see who can see your profile picture, your about information, who can add you to groups, and if you have read receipts on.
- Chats: You’ll see options such as archiving all chats, Clearing all messages, and deleting all chats.
- Notifications: This option allows you to toggle on options for Continue to show notifications when WhatsApp is not open, Messages, Reactions, Calls, Message previews, and ringtones for individual chats/groups.
- Personalization: You can change the theme, chat wallpaper, and reset WhatsApp doodle and Text size.
- Storage: Choose which media will be automatically downloaded from messages you receive.
- Shortcuts: You get a list of great keyboard shortcuts you can use to do all sorts of things, such as creating a new chat or group.
Just like on your mobile device, you’ll be able to record audio messages and send emojis, and by clicking on the paper clip option, you can access other options such as:
- Photos and videos
You sent a message and need to change something, but you don’t want to erase the whole message. Right-click on the message and choose the Edit option.
Make the necessary changes and send. You’ll see a message informing you that everyone will be notified that the messages were edited. When the message is published, you’ll notice it says Edited and the time stamp. It would be nice if WhatsApp didn’t announce that you changed the message since you risk being asked what you changed. Hopefully, they will remove that shortly so no one can tell you modified anything.
Notes: When using WhatsApp Web, you’re going to come across different issues, such as the QR code not working. Here are some tips you can try to fix the issue. Remember, you can also make calls on WhatsApp Web, and if you need some help on how to do that, we’ve got you covered. But, for security reasons, it’s best that you sign out of WhatsApp Web because if you leave it open, anyone with access to your computer can read your messages.