If you are always on a PC and you want to be able to read and text on WhatsApp directly on your computer, without the extra hassle of reaching for your Smartphone, then you are in the right place. This detailed and directive article will get you up and running in no time but first, a little background on how WhatsApp came to be.
WhatsApp was launch in 2009 and quickly rose to fame with millions of users around the world. In 2014, Facebook saw the huge success of WhatsApp and decided to acquire WhatsApp for a staggering amount of 19 billion US dollars. In February 2018, Whatsapp had more than One and a half Billion Users across the world, making it the most used texting application at the time.
Since it launched in 2009, WhatsApp wasn’t officially supported on PCs until early 2015. Due to that, Many users still do not know that they can access WhatsApp on their computers.
As already mentioned, we will guide you on how to run Whatsapp on your computer but first, let’s talk about the disadvantages of using WhatsApp on computers.
Limitations Of Using WhatsApp On Computers
1. No Calls.
Yep, if you plan to use Whatsapp on your computer you should know that you would only be able to send text and voice messages. you won’t be able to make calls. Both voice and video calls are not available on computers.
Firstly, you must have WhatsApp install on a Smartphone before you can officially use WhatsApp on a computer. Secondly, The smartphone must be connected to the internet to receive your new WhatsApp notifications on your PC. Installing Whatsapp on your PC and connecting the PC to the internet is not enough. The Whatsapp PC application only mirrors messages received on Whatsapp mobile to your PC display.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get to the good part. Installing WhatsApp on your computer is very simple. All you need is a PC, a smartphone and an internet connection. If you have all that, let’s get started.
Installing WhatsApp for PC
To begin, head over to WhatsApp’s official website and grab the Official WhatsApp for PC. You will find the versions for both Mac and Windows.
After downloading is complete, click install and wait till its done installing. Now launch the new WhatsApp application and you will be greeted by this How-To screen.
OK, now get your smartphone and launch the WhatsApp application. If you have not installed WhatsApp on your smartphone yet, simply download it on your AppStore or PlayStore depending on your phone’s operating system.
Now that you have WhatsApp mobile running, go to the top right of the app and click the tree vertical dotes.
A little menu will pop-up. Click the third menu on the list called WhatsApp Web.
Clicking on the WhatsApp web will take you to the QR code scanner where another pop-up will be waiting. quickly dismiss this pop-up by clicking OK GOT IT button.
After doing so, a small rectangular box will appear on your smartphone screen. Go to your WhatsApp for PC and fit the code on the desktop, inside the rectangular box on your smartphone. It doesn’t have to be too accurate for it to work.
Congratulations, you can now receive and send WhatsApp text and voice messages directly on your computer. just remember to leave both your PC and smartphone connected to the internet.
Still, don’t know what to do? Leave your questions in the comments and we would be happy to help.