If you wish to use WhatsApp on your PC, there are two options: WhatsApp to Web and WhatsApp Desktop. WhatsApp Web is a version of the service that can be accessed through a common browser on Windows, macOS, or Linux. WhatsApp Desktop, on the other hand, is an application available for both Mac and Windows.

WhatsApp Web allows you to access all your chats using any compatible browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, etc., regardless of your PC’s operating system. To access WhatsApp Web, you need to visit the link web.whatsapp.com and then link your WhatsApp account to the web version.


WhatsApp Desktop is a separate application for Windows (version 8 and later) and macOS, which requires the installation of WhatsApp on your mobile phone to function properly. Unlike the web version, WhatsApp Desktop is a standalone program that you can launch directly from your PC.

Remember to refer to our detailed guide on how to use WhatsApp Web and Desktop to make the most of both options. You’ll find all the latest news regarding these versions of WhatsApp at the end of the page. Additionally, we will provide you with instructions on how to access WhatsApp Web/Desktop without using your phone, how to use it on tablets, how to log out of WhatsApp Web/Desktop, and how to use WhatsApp on multiple devices simultaneously. Furthermore, we will explain how to make video calls using both versions.

To download WhatsApp Desktop, it is essential to do so only from the official WhatsApp website to ensure the security of the software. You can visit this page and choose the version suitable for your operating system, or use the following links:

  • Download WhatsApp Desktop for Windows 8 and later (32-bit)
  • Download WhatsApp Desktop for Windows 8 and later (64-bit)
  • Download WhatsApp Desktop for macOS

Once the file is downloaded, double-click on it and follow the instructions to complete the installation, which will only require a short period of time.

To access WhatsApp Web/Desktop, you will need your mobile phone with WhatsApp installed. The process is simple:

  1. From your PC, visit web.whatsapp.com or launch the WhatsApp Desktop app for macOS or Windows. On the screen, you will see a QR code similar to the one shown above and some instructions.
  2. Open WhatsApp on your mobile phone, go to the app’s menu, and select “Linked Devices.” If you haven’t connected a device before, the QR code scanning will start automatically. If not, select “Link a Device” and scan the QR code displayed on your PC.
  3. Within a few seconds, your WhatsApp chats will be displayed in the browser or the Desktop application.

You will be asked if you want to enable desktop notifications to receive sound or visual alerts when you receive new messages. However, it’s important to note that for notifications to work, the browser must be open (not necessarily on the WhatsApp Web page). In some cases, you might have granted permission for the browser to run in the background, enabling notifications even when it appears to be closed. However, this depends on the specific settings of each browser, and you will need to check in your browser settings whether this option is available or not.

After the initial setup with your phone, you can use WhatsApp Web/Desktop even without having your phone present. Once WhatsApp Web or the macOS and Windows app is linked to your WhatsApp account, you can use them even if your phone is turned off or unavailable.

However, if you notice that conversations are not syncing between your phone and WhatsApp Web/Desktop, you may try troubleshooting the issue by refreshing the browser page or restarting the application. In some cases, if your PC has been disconnected from the network for a certain period of time, WhatsApp Web/Desktop may not be updated with the chats that occurred on your phone during that time.

A simple restart of the applications or the browser should resolve the issue and synchronize all conversations.

You can use WhatsApp Web to conveniently access WhatsApp on your tablet, whether it’s an iPad through Safari or an Android tablet. The process is similar to the one described earlier for the web version on a PC. You need to open web.whatsapp.com using your tablet’s browser and then scan the QR code with your smartphone, just as you would to connect to the web version from a PC. If the QR code doesn’t appear, you might try selecting the “desktop site” option from your browser’s menu to request the site to be displayed as if accessed from a PC, not optimized for tablets.

However, there are some limitations when using WhatsApp Web on a tablet, especially concerning notifications. You will receive notifications only if you keep the browser open in the foreground, not in the background like a regular application. This solution is more of a temporary or emergency measure, as it’s not ideal for daily use.


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