For those times, you can use WhatsApp’s Web platform to send and receive messages with your WhatsApp contacts.
According to WhatsApp’s support page, you can use WhatsApp on the Web if your phone is one of the following:
When you’re using WhatsApp Web, your phone will still need to have a data or Wi-Fi connection. That’s because the platform essentially mirrors the app on your smartphone. So if, for example, you’re traveling in another country and your phone doesn’t have a connection, you won’t be able to use WhatsApp Web.
How to set up WhatsApp Web
The bulk of the setup is pairing your phone with WhatsApp Web.
- Using Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari or Edge, head tohttps://web.whatsapp.com/.
- You’ll see a QR code for you to scan with the WhatsApp phone app. Just below the code, you’ll see instructions for where that scanning option lies within the app. For example, in the iOS app, tap on settings, then WhatsApp Web.
- After scanning the code, your WhatsApp messages will display on your phone and in the browser. A Wi-Fi connection isn’t required for your phone, but WhatsApp recommends one to cut back on the amount of cellular data used by your phone.
The layout of WhatsApp Web mirrors the mobile experience, just on a larger scale. You can still send emoji, photos and voice notes, view your contact list, and receive notifications on the computer.
A note on security
If you forget to log out of WhatsApp Web on a computer that’s not yours, or you suspect someone has gained access to your account, you can log out of all active sessions by visiting the same settings page you used to scan the QR Code. (For iOS, again, that would be Settings > WhatsApp Web.)
Editor’s note:This post was originally published in January of 2015 and has since been updated with new information.
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