2 Methods to Use WhatsApp on Computer (Steps with Pictures)

How to Use WhatsApp on Computer

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WhatsApp, founded in 2009, has experienced incredible success as a way to send texts and files free of charge. You can also use WhatsApp to make phone and video calls to anyone who has the app installed on his/her device. This amazing app can be used on almost any device, such as Android, iPhone, Windows, Nokia, BlackBerry, etc. Like most users, you may not be aware that there is another convenient way of using this application, which is through your desktop or laptop. Until now, WhatsApp has made available a web client that will enable users to access the app directly from their computer using a web browser. A standalone desktop client, called WhatsApp Desktop, was also launched in May 2016 by the developers. You can follow the tips below to use WhatsApp on PC.

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WhatsApp Web Vs. WhatsApp Desktop

Though both apps are almost similar, the WhatsApp desktop app has two unique features that make it outstanding. While the WhatsApp web version is more of the mobile version of the app on the desktop. You can use keyboard shortcuts while chatting with WhatApp Desktop, and you will receive notifications instantly on your desktop. The app also looks more robust and more like a normal program for laptop or desktop – you will install the program like any other program on your computer.

On the other hand, the WhatsApp Web is pretty easier if you are not familiar with the program. To use the web client, you just need to log in to WhatsApp website using any web browser on your laptop or desktop. You will get messages immediately, regardless of the computer you make use of, whether it’s private or public. Both WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp Desktop work exactly the same, and you can use them to send text, pictures, videos, clips, links, and so on.

How to Use WhatsApp from a Computer

You need to download the mobile app on your device before you can use this social app on your computer. After installing WhatsApp on your mobile device, visit this download page to download Whatsapp Desktop, or visit WhatsApp web for the browser version. To use the desktop version, choose the download link that suitable for your operating system (Mac or Windows). After downloading and installing the app or visiting the address from your computer browser, a large QR code will appear.
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  • Launch WhatsApp on your mobile phone.
  • Go to Settings > WhatsApp Web.
  • Scroll down and select Scan QR Code. Your phone may require permission to use the camera. Click allow.
  • Use your phone to scan the QR code on your computer. Just point the camera to the computer, it will do the rest automatically.
  • Once the scan is complete, WhatsApp client will open on your desktop instantly and show your chats how it appears on your mobile device. You can choose to close down the app on your phone and use WhatsApp from your desktop or laptop.

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Another way to use WhatsApp on PC: AceThinker Mirror

acethinker mirror logoAnother easy way Android users can use their PC to access WhatsApp is through AceThinker Mirror. It is a screen mirroring app that can be used on Android and iOS devices. Once you connect your phone to your computer, your phone will be mirrored in real-time on your PC screen. You can also use it to record WhatsApp video calls. Android users can also use this tool to control their phones from their computer. However, this control function is not available on iOS systems due to some restrictions. Thus, AceThinker Mirror is more suitable for Android devices. Follow the instructions below to know how you use WhatsApp on your computer using this tool.

Step1 Install the software

Download AceThinker Mirror on your PC. Choose between the platforms below and proceed installing.

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Step2 Connect phone to PC

Launch this tool on your PC, and connect your Andriod phone via Wi-Fi or USB cable.

VIA USB: Activate “USB Debugging” and connect the USB cable. AceThinker Mirror will connect automatically.

VIA Wi-Fi: Install AceThinker Mirror on your Android phone, ensure your phone and computer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Open the app on your phone, then select “Phone Screen Mirroring” on your phone’s interface to cast your screen to your computer.

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Step3 Mirror WhatsApp on PC

Open WhatsApp on your Android phone. You can now send free messages, and make audio or video calls to your friends and family using the mouse and keyboard.

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Both WhatsApp Web and AceThinker Mirror are general utility tools you can apply to use WhatsApp on your computer. We all have different needs. So if you want to enjoy a better WhatsApp experience and have access to various functions available on WhatsApp app for phone, I highly recommend AceThinker Mirror. WhatsApp Web would be more suitable for iPhone users to chat with family and friends on a PC.

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