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How to use WhatsApp on computers

You can access WhatsApp on both your phone and your computer. You can use WhatsApp on your computer in two ways:

  • WhatsApp Desktop: An app that you can download.
  • WhatsApp Web: A browser based version of WhatsApp.

WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp Desktop are computer based extensions of the WhatsApp account on your phone. The messages you send and receive are fully synced between your phone and your computer, and you can see all messages on both devices. Any action you take on your phone will apply to WhatsApp on your computer and vice versa.

To install WhatsApp Desktop

Go to https://www.whatsapp.com/download from your computer’s browser or download it from the Apple App Store. WhatsApp can only be installed on your computer if your operating system is Windows 8 (or newer) or macOS 10.10 (or newer). Since WhatsApp Desktop runs natively on your desktop, you’ll have support for native desktop notifications, better keyboard shortcuts and more. If your operating system isn’t supported, you can use WhatsApp on your browser instead.

To access WhatsApp Web

Open https://web.whatsapp.com in your Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari or Edge browser and scan the QR code by using the WhatsApp app on your phone. Due to browser limitations, some features may be missing on WhatsApp Web.

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