Available on the Playstore, App Store and Microsoft Store, Whatsapp is an incredibly popular instant messaging app, with over 1 billion active users.

Although the app is yet to have video calling capability, you can exchange messages, send voice notes, photos and videos as well as make free phone calls. Brilliant, isn’t it? Well, it got even better when it was made available on the web. This means you can message friends and family right from your computer, without having to pick up your phone. Desktop notifications is a bonus; when you’re logged in you’ll get desktop notifications before your phone pings. Oh and you can choose to logout from all computers you’re signed into too, so you don’t have to worry about other people reading your messages (if you share a computer). Read on to find out more.

HOW TO USE WHATSAPP ON THE WEB

 

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  • Next, open Whatsapp on your smartphone and go to Settings then click Whatsapp Web. (Android users, tap the 3 dots icon and choose Whatsapp Web).
  • The Scan Code page will appear and your rear camera will switch on. Capture the QR code on your computer using your smartphone and that’s it!

 

If it’s successful, your phone will vibrate and you’ll be able to see a list of your conversations on your computer. Happy days 🙂 Remember, if you want to use all of Whatsapp’s features like photo capturing and voice notes, you will need to use one of the following browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Opera. Safari‘s version is pretty basic but allows you to send messages (with emojis) and send photos/videos and some documents from your computer.

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PREVENT ANYONE ELSE FROM SEEING YOUR MESSAGES

 
If you share a computer, you’re going to want to make sure no-one else reads your Whatsapp conversations. The good news is you can log out once you’ve scanned into Whatsapp web. To do this, just cick the 3-dots icon and choose Log Out.

To confirm you have been logged out, on your smartphone go to Whatsapp web and you should see your rear camera turn itself on. If you do, then great. If you don’t, then you’re most likely seeing a list of computers you’re currently signed into. But you can also logout directly from your smartphone. On the Whatsapp Web page on your phone, simply swipe to the left against the computer you wish to sign out of or tap ‘Log out from all computers’ instead.

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Now you can go ahead and message without even picking up your phone. Fabulous. I hope this blog has helped and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Thank you for reading

Written by Sadia