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How to Receive and Respond to WhatsApp Messages Using a Desktop

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WhatsApp has grown into one of the most used apps in the world thanks to the fact that it is used on the most popular device, and it is available for only $1 per year.

Once this amount is paid, the rest only depends on your internet connection, and you will be able to keep in touch with more than 900 million people free. The amount spent on buying internet packs for messaging and calling over WhatsApp is much cheaper than want you’d spend on traditional SMS and phone calling packages.

WhatsApp works across multiple devices

The best thing about WhatsApp is that it can easily be used on a variety of devices, among them smartphones and tablets. All you need is a phone number, which then acts as your user ID. This single number can be used on all of the devices you use WhatsApp on; however, many people are having it tough when it comes to using this app on their desktops.

WhatsApp Web for Desktops

WhatsApp has a version meant for use on desktops and it’s known as WhatsApp Web. Using this application, it is possible to receive and respond to WhatsApp messages from a desktop rather than depend entirely on smartphones for the same tasks.

What you need

The first requirement of using WhatsApp Web is a WhatsApp account that is active on a phone. This service is compatible with all mobile operating systems that support this messenger. Since the client is web-based, you will need to install Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Safari web browsers on your desktop. Just recently, it was revealed that Microsoft Edge has joined the bandwagon, but some tweaks are required for this to work. Also, ensure that both devices – phone and desktop – are connected to the internet.

Setting up WhatsApp Web on a desktop

It’s very easy to setup and start using WhatsApp Web on a PC. As long as your phone account is ready and working, all you need is to link the Web client to the phone app.

Point your web browser to the page at http://web.whatsapp.com and here you will see a QR code. After this, go back to your phone and launch WhatsApp. On the menu, select “WhatsApp Web” and from the window that opens, scan the QR code on the web page opened via the desktop browser. The same option is available under the Settings tab when using iOS devices.

Once the scanning is done, the web app will be authenticated, and you will immediately see a list of chats and contacts appear as they do on the phone app. You can now start sending and receiving WhatsApp messages from your desktop. Remember, you must keep your phone connected to the internet in order for the syncing to go on, otherwise, it will be disconnected from the main app, which means messages won’t be available on the desktop platform.

The desktop client lets users enable and disable notifications, share images, videos and emojis. But there is still no room for making WhatsApp calls via this platform.