Updated: April 13, 2020 8:58:56 am
WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging platforms in the world with over two billion users. The messaging platform is not only limited to smartphone but can also be used on the desktop with its web client. The WhatsApp Web is basically an extension of your phone. It mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device to the computer system.
WhatsApp Web was launched around five years ago, in 2015. With the Web version WhatsApp aimed at making life easy for the desk job employees who can’t afford to look at their phone every time a message pops up. Now that most people are working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic WhatsApp Web is being used for work conversation frequently by users. We are also using WhatsApp Web to connect with colleagues and boss.
While some people have been using WhatsApp Web for quite some time, there are a bunch of people who recently moved to the web version of the instant messaging platform. For them, today we will explain everything about WhatsApp Web including how to use it, how to send messages, how to set-up and more.
How to set-up WhatsApp Web
The web client of WhatsApp can be accessed on your laptop or desktop, just head over to the web.whatsapp.com. Alternatively, you can install the WhatsApp Web application that is available for both Windows and Macbook.
Once the web client is open, pick up your smartphone and open WhatsApp application on it.
Now, tap on the three dots at the top right corner and tap on “WhatsApp Web”.
Next scan the QR code on the web client with your phone.
You can connect WhatsApp Web at multiple locations and computer systems using a single WhatsApp account.
For instance, you can have WhatsApp Web logged in on your personal laptop and can use it in the office at the same time. This isn’t possible for the mobile application. One account can be used only at a time. However, WhatsApp is reportedly working on a multi-device support feature.
How to use WhatsApp Web
Once you are connected, all your chats and messages will be visible on the WhatsApp Web client. You can read chats and also send messages with attachments and all just like you do on your phone.
Notably, the web client is only mirroring your phone’s WhatsApp and the chats are stored on your phone only. However, if you choose to delete a message on the web client, it will also be removed from your phone.
How to disconnect WhatsApp Web
The WhatsApp Web does not automatically disconnect. The web client will continue to show your chats unless and until you select to log out from the web interface. You can tap on the WhatsApp menu on the computer system and select “Log out” to disconnect.
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Alternatively, you can open WhatsApp on your phone, tap on WhatsApp Menu, and tap on WhatsApp Web. It will show you the device you are currently logged in with an option to log out. You can tap on a session or machine and select to log out or tap on “Log out from all devices”.
How to transfer files using WhatsApp Web
You can also use WhatsApp Web to download files between one computer system and another or between your laptop and phone. Since you can sync chats across the platforms, you can always download attachments sent over a chat.
If you want to transfer a picture from your phone to your computer, you just need to send the image to a contact and then open the chat on the web client. Go into the chat, and download the picture. Now the image is on your computer. You can also send a file from your PC using the WhatsApp Web and then download it on your phone. The trick comes handy most of the time.
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