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What is WhatsApp Web? Tips and tricks you should know

Axel Nash

Written By Axel Nash |

This is about WhatsApp, one of the most popular social media apps being used in recent times. It presently has over 2 billion users in 180 countries. Users can share information with individuals or groups, including messages, audio recordings, blog posts, photos, documents, and PDF files.

Unlike the Android and iOS mobile devices that you download, install and make use of the WhatsApp application, using WhatsApp on PC is totally different. WhatsApp is most popular among PC users as WhatsApp Web.

Part 1. What is WhatsApp Web and how it works

WhatsApp Web is an extension of the WhatsApp mobile application. For this reason, WhatsApp has to be installed on your mobile phone before you can use WhatsApp Web. You will always sign in by using your phone to scan a QR code generated on on your PC. This process syncs your contacts and messages, effectively mirroring WhatsApp so that what you do in WhatsApp Web is replicated on the Android or iOS mobile devices and vice-versa.

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There are certain features that make it different from WhatsApp mobile application:

  • WhatsApp Web does not allow you to log in to two different devices (except your phone, which must be logged in) or in two different browsers at the same time. Automatically, when you are logged in on one, you are logged out of another.
  • WhatsApp Web cannot be used without a good Internet connection.
  • WhatsApp Web does not allow you to save new contacts. It will have to be saved first on the phone.
  • WhatsApp Web does not allow Broadcasts to be sent.
  • Well, most of you will be surprised with this, especially those of you who have a webcam; but WhatsApp Web does not allow you to receive either phone or video calls.
  • You also cannot post a new status on WhatsApp Web.
  • It also does not allow location or map sharing.

Wondering how to use the same Whatsapp on two different devices? Check now.

Part 2. Tips and tricks: Keyboard Shortcuts on WhatsApp Web

For WhatsApp Web users, I'm going to share you some useful pieces of keyboard shortcut. You can put them to heart if it works for you that way, or write them in a notepad for reference while using the WhatsApp Web.

On a Mac PC, the CMD + SHIFT + P key combinations are used for pinning messages. To unpin messages, the same key combinations are used. For users on a windows PC, the key combinations CTRL + SHIFT + P are used, the same combination is used to unpin messages.

When you are chatting with someone, you may need to search for a very important piece of information. WhatsApp Web displays all your previous chats with people just the same way it is stored on your mobile device, WhatsApp. To search your chats on a MAC PC, you are to use the CMD + SHIFT + F key combinations; for searching on the Windows PC, the key combinations are CTRL + SHIFT + F.

Have you ever been caught in a situation where you wanted to see what your friend sent you, but you didn't know how to reply at that time? Then, try the unread feature of WhatsApp Web to check the messages! To do this on the MAC PC, input CMD + CTRL + SHIFT + U; while on the Windows PC, the keyboard shortcut combination is CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + U. There are times when you need to archive your chats for reference purposes. try CMD + CTRL + E on the MAC PC, whereas windows users should tap CTRL + ALT + E. Just the same way you can access groups and send messages through WhatsApp Web, it also allows you to create a new group on the WhatsApp server. You can do this quickly on MAC PC using CMD + CTRL + SHIFT + N, while CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + N key combinations do the trick on a windows PC.

Although WhatsApp Web does not allow you to save new contacts, you can create or initiate a new chat with the CMD + N combinations on Mac PCs. For Windows PC, it is CTRL + ALT + N.

keyboard shortcuts on whatsapp web

Some people enjoy setting up or customizing their accounts on PC. To do this, open settings on WhatsApp Web with the CMD + CTRL + keyboard shortcut while doing this on the Windows PC works with the CTRL + ALT + .

To stop receiving notifications from a chat partner or a specific group, the next line of action is to mute notifications from such a person or group. The keyboard shortcut to mute chats on a Mac PC is CMD + CTRL + SHIFT + M while CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + M will mute chats on a windows PC.

Due to privacy reasons or because you need to free up space, there may arise the need to delete particular chats on your WhatsApp chat lists. CMD + SHIFT + Backspace does the work on a Mac PC, while CTRL + ALT + Backspace helps you to delete chats on a Windows PC.

The last keyboard shortcut combination I will be discussing is the search in chat lists function, this is important when you need to pick out a specific chat from your chat lists, and this is how it works. For the MAC PC type the CMD + CTRL + / keys; and on windows, the CTRL + ALT + / combination will make it.

Part 3. Bonus: Efficiently manage your WhatsApp with Mutsapper

Another WhatsApp management app I recommend is Mutsapper. Although it is a third-party application, it is well integrated with WhatsApp, and it is high-performing. Just as WhatsApp Web, you can mirror your mobile device WhatsApp on another phone or an Android tablet with Whats Web function of Mutsapper. It bringing settings, preferences, profile pictures, and every other important detail of WhatsApp into your new device.

It is also possible to transfer WhatsApp data from one phone to another without any stress. For instance, when you decide to move WhatsApp messages and photos from your iPhone to Samsung S22(which is newly released), Mutsapper would be the No.1 application recommended to you. It supports the transfer of multiple WhatsApp data types, includeing messages, photos, videos, emojis, audios, blog posts, and attachments in quick time.


For WhatsApp users, I'm sure you will find this post of good use to learn about WhatsApp Web. And suggest you to practice the keyboard shortcuts to save your time when using WhatsApp Web. In the end, try Mutsapper to clone your WhatsApp or transfer WhatsApp to your new phone device.

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Axel Nash

Axel Nash

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