How to connect WhatsApp to the Desktop in 5 steps

 

So finally WhatsApp  has made WhatsApp available on the Desktop. All that is required is for the Chrome Web Browser to be installed as there is no standalone WhatsApp Desktop app. WhatsApp works completely inside the Chrome browser.

WhatsApp Desktop App uses the phone as the “gateway” to the messages and therefore the phone needs to remain connected to the Internet (be it on Cell phone data or on Wifi) for this to work. This is very similar to the recently launched BlackBerry Blend system that uses software to be able to securely connect to the BlackBerry phone from any device including chatting via BBM from desktop.

WeChat also uses this exact method to connect WeChat clients to the Desktop.

How to connect WhatsApp to the Desktop

Step 1: Go to the Application Store and make sure you update your WhatsApp application to the latest version (version 2.11.498 on Android):

How to connect WhatsApp to the Desktop in 5 steps

Step 2: Open Chrome and navigate to: web.Whatsapp.com

Step 3: You will be presented with a similar looking screen. Note the QR Code keeps changing every few seconds that is normal. Leave this screen open as you head to step 5 below.

How to connect WhatsApp to the Desktop in 5 steps

Step 4: Open the newly updated WhatsApp application and now select WhatsApp Web from the Setting menu (3 dots)

How to connect WhatsApp to the Desktop in 5 steps

Step 5: Scan the QR Code from within the app and that will link your phone to the webpage.

Thats it!

You can now do most of the tasks you can on the phone but through the web browser using the comfort of your desktop screen, keyboard and mouse.

You can start a chat, message inside a chat, attach a file from your desktop (that will be handy !)and even use your laptop’s camera to snap a photo. You can listen to voice notes and even record voice notes. Using the desktop camera and microphone will require that you give explicit permission. This will be prompted.

you are not able to change  the profile pic nor edit the status. You also can’t Clear Conversation (ie delete the chat with someone)

How to connect WhatsApp to the Desktop in 5 steps

How to connect WhatsApp to the Desktop in 5 steps

12 comments

  1. Please help…How do I “Scan the QR Code from within the app”? I have version 2.11.498 but I dont see how I can scan the QR code

          1. yes ive done that … i get a screen that says “Scan code” on the top of the screen and then the bottom 2/3 of the screen is a white area with a moving symbol of a QR code on a green cellphone outline that moves in a random fashion on this white area. No matter what key I press nothing happens.

  2. I have sony xperia Z , and i am unable to connect it to whatsapp web, i have tried to uninstall and reinstall whatsapp on my cell however it doesen’t solve my problem. Previously it was working fine on web. I have been facing this issue from a week now.

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