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How to use WhatsApp on the computer with and without a mobile phone

How to use WhatsApp on the computer with and without a mobile phone

Surely it has happened to you that someone sends you by WhatsApp and you are slow to respond because it is difficult for you to write long messages on the virtual keyboard of a mobile phone. With this simple tutorial you will learn to use WhatsApp from your computer or laptop and you will be able to solve that inconvenience.

It is something very simple to do, until a few years ago you could only use WhatsApp from your smartphone, but then its desktop version and web version were incorporated. It is something that will be useful to you also if you are working since you can work and answer messages from your computer.

As I said, there are two methods you can use to have WhatsApp on your computer desktop or laptop: the first is through a website and the other is through a program that you can install on your computer and that will leave an icon on the desktop like any other.

WhatsApp Web or desktop program

If you opt for the website option, you must enter web.whatsapp.com in your preferred browser. As an alternative you can download the desktop program and use it both on your PC with Windows or you Mac.

In the end, it is not important which version you choose, whether the web or the application work in a very similar way. Once you have chosen the option of your preference you must configure it, the process in both options is the same and I describe it below:

  1. Being on the web or in the desktop version you should have in front of you a QR code with some indications. In this step you must use the smartphone.
  2. Since you have your mobile open the WhatsApp app, at the top right you will see three dots, select Linked Devices. If you use an older version of WhatsApp and do not see this option, it is most likely within Settings.
  3. After this you must tap on Link a device and that’s when you should use your phone to scan the QR code.
  4. After you have scanned it, you must wait a few seconds and the chats will appear on your computer, whether you have chosen the web or desktop version.

It is important to mention that you have at your disposal all the chat functions that you already have in the mobile version, like for example the clip on the left side of the text field so you can send files to the chat, but instead of your phone it’s from the files you have on your computer.

In addition to this, you also have the provision of emojis and the option to send voice messages if you have a microphone or a headset with a built-in microphone. When you write a message and you want, you just have to press Enter or Enter and it will be sent, as you can see it is something quite simple to do.

Use WhatsApp Web without mobile

Currently, if you want you can use WhatsApp on your computer without the need for the smartphone to be turned on or connected. Until a few weeks ago this was impossible since the smartphone needed to have a battery and internet access.

In a new open beta you can send and receive messages without the need for the mobile phone to be connected or turned on. The multi-device option is now available to all users in the section Linked Devices.

Once you have installed that new version of WhatsApp you can activate the multi-device operation option. As in the previous explanation, you must scan the QR code from an external device to start WhatsApp on it.

Once you start the app from your mobile phone the word Beta will appear at the top of the website, next to your profile picture. To complete the process you must perform the following steps:

  1. Open WhatsApp and touch the three points if you’re on android or Setting if you are on iPhone.
  2. Choose the option Linked Devices.
  3. Being there you must choose Beta version for various devices.
  4. To finish you just have to press on Join beta.

And that’s it, You can now use your WhatsApp from your computer regardless of whether or not your smartphone is connected to the internet or turned on.