How WhatsApp Web works and how to use it

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Is it possible to use WhatsApp to send and receive messages even from a PC? We tell you ... yes it is possible, thanks to Whatsapp Web.

The convenience and effectiveness of a service that can also be used on a computer is unmatched and is very simple to put into practice, both for computer experts and for those who use the network, PC or smartphone for communication or leisure purposes. .

it can be put into operation with an official online service that allows you to use your WhatsApp already installed on your smartphone on your computer.

In the article we will explain how to do it, hoping to be as clear and comprehensive as possible.

Meanwhile, it must be said that WhatsApp Web is the online version of the well-known messaging service, and practically repeats the same functions as the one installed on the smartphone.

Therefore, there is no need to create a new account, but you can safely use the one already configured on the phone.

How WhatsApp Web works on PC and MAC

Now we come to describe its use.

Meanwhile, open the internet browser on the computer and connect to the address.

How to log in or log out

  • apri WhatsApp on the phone.
    • Android: touch Other options


    • iPhone: go to settings of WhatsApp.
  • Toccata Connected devices.
    • Android: touch CONNECT A DEVICE. Follow the onscreen instructions if your device allows authentication via biometric recognition. If biometric authentication is not activated, you will be asked to enter the PIN you use to unlock your phone.
    • iPhone: touch Collect a device > OK. On iOS 14 and later, use Touch ID or Face ID to unlock. If biometric authentication is not activated, you will be asked to enter the PIN you use to unlock your phone.
  • Select the checkbox next to Stay connected on the QR code screen on your computer or Portal to maintain connection with your device.
  • Use your phone to scan the QR code that appears on your computer or Portal.
  • If prompted, tap or select Done or Done.

Note: authentication is managed by the operating system of the device that uses the stored biometric data. WhatsApp cannot access biometric information stored by your device's operating system.

Log out

You can log out of WhatsApp Web or WhatsApp Desktop from your phone, computer or your Portal device.

Log out of your computer or Portal
  • Open WhatsApp Web or WhatsApp Desktop.
  • Click on Menu (


    ) at the top of the chat list> Disconnect.

Log out of the phone
  • Open WhatsApp on your phone.
    • Android: touch Other options

       > Connected devices.

    • iPhone: go to settings of WhatsApp> tap Connected devices.
  • Tap a device.
  • Toccata DISCONNECT.

How to use Whatsapp web

Once this is done, the use is simple because the interface is similar to that of the smartphone application and the functions are identical.

For example, if you want to change the image or name of our profile just click on the profile photo, located at the top left.

Conversations in progress will be found in the left sidebar; while on the right side there is the chat window where you can write messages and use all the icons you need to make the service work.

We begin to see the part on the left: here we find the cartoon icon, with which we can start a new conversation. There is also the icon with the three dots, which instead allows you to create a new group, define the profile settings and disconnect from the WhatsApp Web system under the heading disconnect.

By opening one of the other chats previously started, you can read the message history. From the paperclip icon you can start photos and videos, as well as take photos from your computer's webcam (camera icon). Voice messages can be recorded from the microphone icon.

When everything is ready to send the message, we press the airplane icon and so the operation is completed.

Going to the right side, at the top, you will find the icon with the three dots. It allows us to view contact information (contact info), delete the conversation (delete chat), while next to the paperclip icon there is the smiley face from which you can send our favorite emojis.

Another function to remember is that of the arrow, which is located in the left sidebar, next to each conversation. From this you can archive the chat (archive chat), delete it (delete chat) or report it as yet to be read (mark to read).

How to use WhatsApp Web on a tablet or iPad

In the meantime, it must be said that the use can be carried out by activating the browser's desktop mode or using third-party apps.

Let's start by explaining how to do it from a browser: first of all, as in the case of a computer, you need to connect to the service site and activate the browser's desktop mode, to use it. After that, you connect to the WhatsApp Web website.

To activate through Google Chrome, click on the button with the three dots located at the top right by selecting the item Request desktop site give the menu to compare.

Instead with Safari you have to press on the item Aa located at the top and then from the menu that always appears the words Request desktop site.

After a few seconds, the QR code of WhatsApp Web will appear on the tablet screen, to use the service it will therefore only be necessary to frame it via the WhatsApp app.

To speed things up you can also make a quick connection on the tablet home, so that to access WhatsApp Web just click on the service icon.

Through Google Chrome it is necessary to press the button located at the top right by selecting Add to Home from the menu that opens.

On Safari, on the other hand, press the up arrow icon located at the bottom and click on the Add item from the Home screen in the menu that opens. Finally, you need to tap on the add item.

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