However, many still feel that Whatsapp is easy to use, quick and it is uncomfortable to let it go. That being said, one of the best features that Whatsapp offers is to shift your chats to the Laptop. That is, you can take your Whatsapp to laptop and continue to chat and share files like you had done on your mobile. This article will give you the information about using Whatsapp on your Laptop, PC or Mac.
Part 1: What is the use of Whatsapp Desktop version?
The main use of transferring Whatsapp to PC is to increase your level of comfort. You can use it when you do not want to fetch your phone for every message that you get or when you are working on your laptop and need quick access to whatsapp. You can exchange text messages, send audio files that are pre-recorded, video files and also documents from your computer.
However, you cannot record the audio messages like you can do on your phone. The users cannot make audio or video calls either (not directly at least). So, if you are planning to shift the whatsapp services to your laptop, know that you won’t be having the access to all the features that your android or iOS mobile device provides.
Coming to the Whatsapp Video calls, you cannot make direct calls like you do on your phone. If you look at it, there are no options displayed either. However, seeing that this is a problem that customers are complaining about, Whatsapp synced their Facebook services with Whatsapp. On your Whatsapp web application, select the settings and go for Creating a Room. You will be transferred to Facebook Messenger. You can invite up to 8 people to chat and interact with you over the video call. So, Whatsapp web/ Whatsapp desktop provides most of the services that the mobile application provides.
Part 2: How to open Whatsapp on your Laptop?
Laptop/PC/Desktop, you can use Whatsapp on all of these devices and the procedures to do it also happen to be the same. These are the steps for those laptops that are backed by Windows or any other operating system. This method lets you use the whatsapp application without downloading any executive files and you can launch the app on the bigger screen within a few minutes. This is how you can use Whatsapp web -
Step 1: Go to the web browser on your computer or Laptop and type out - web.whatsapp.com. You can simply google for whatsapp web on your search engine and click on the first link that appears. Note that this is not the same as Whatsapp Desktop.
Step 2: The Home page of whatsapp will appear and you will see the ‘Whatsapp Web’ option on top of the screen. Click on that.
Step 3: You will find a QR code on the screen along with the instructions guiding you to connect your phone to the Desktop or Laptop. You can follow the prompts and the same are discussed below in the further steps.
Step 4: Take the phone that has your whatsapp account and click on the three dots that you will find on the top right corner of your screen (The Settings option). Then click on the whatsapp web option on the phone.
Step 5: Scan the QR code on the screen using your mobile and the chats and conversations will appear on your screen. This might not happen immediately - there will be a few seconds lag. You can keep using the whatsapp services on your desktop or laptop until you decide to log out.
Part 3: How to open Whatsapp on your Mac Device?
The Apple devices have higher security features and you have to perform certain steps differently to get the benefits that Android provides in a much easier way. That being said, you have perfect jailbreak protection in the newer versions of iPhone. To take WA to PC, you more or less follow the same steps as you’ve followed while taking Whatsapp from your Android device to PC. You need to concentrate on some very minor changes that we’ve clearly mentioned for you.
For Mac, these steps involve downloading the whatsapp version for desktop devices. You can Google for the Whatsapp Desktop version.
Step 1: You will have to download the desktop executive file from www.Whatsapp.com/download/ You will find the file there for your PC/Mac. Since you are a Mac user, go with the Mac version and download.
Step 2: After the download, you can launch the app. You will see a QR code on the screen. Take your phone, go to the settings (top three dots) and select whatsapp web.
Step 3: Scan the code and your whatsapp conversations will shift to the screen. This might take a few seconds so don’t disrupt the process if it loads for a while.
You can do the same thing by going to the web.whatsapp.com address, just like we’ve discussed with Android devices. This is an alternative method that you can use for your Apple devices. If you have an Android device (mobile) and a Mac PC, you can still shift your whatsapp to the Mac device by using this method.
Even for android users, if you want to know how to download whatsapp in laptop, without going for the online website method, then this is how you do it.
Part 4: What is important when you are taking Whatsapp to PC?
There are certain things you need to keep in mind while you are planning to take Whatsapp to your PC. How to open whatsapp on computer? These methods don’t seem to work at all! I’ve tried everything but newer messages do not load or you are unable to upload files. If these are your problems, maybe you are not doing some things right. Here’s what you need to take care of while dealing with the Desktop/Web version of Whatsapp.
- If you are facing problems while scanning the QR code, then clean your device’s lens so that it can correctly detect the QR code. If you are using a phone cover, remove it and try again.
- Refresh the page that has the QR code if you still can’t connect your phone with your laptop. You can restart your phone too.
- Once you are connected, if an anomaly occurs, this could be because your phone is no longer connected to an active internet connection or your desktop is not detecting the WiFi. Remember that as long as you are using the whatsapp version on your desktop, your phone should also be connected to an internet source.
- Despite being connected to an internet source, if your device still doesn’t connect properly or your desktop is not loading newer messages, this could be because your phone doesn’t have sufficient charge. So plug in your phone, charge it and come back to try again.
Check for these things and once they are set, you will no longer face any problems with connecting your device to your desktop. You can comfortably shift Whatsapp to Laptop.
Part 5: Is there a difference between Whatsapp web and Whatsapp Desktop?
If you are searching about ways to bring WA to PC (Whatsapp to PC), then you must have done your own research. You will find two terms that bloggers or YouTube presenters often use. They are - Whatsapp Web and Whatsapp Desktop. But can you use these terms interchangeably?
No, they are not meant to be used in the place of others.
Whatsapp web is the application that you can access from the website. You scan the QR code using the whatsapp scanner on your mobile and the conversations will shift to the screen. You are not downloading any executive files for this.
Whatsapp Desktop is a new software that the makers have released quite recently. It allows you to download an executive file to your computer - be it a WIndows Laptop, or a Mac Device. You install and launch the application and then scan the QR code. You won’t need your web browser for this.
Both of them require you to have an active internet connection - both for your Desktop/PC and your phone. You should keep your Android or iPhone connected to an Internet source while you use the Desktop or web version.
Part 6: How to save data while uninstalling Whatsapp?
If you are one of those people who is planning to abandon whatsapp and explore the other online messaging apps like SIgnal, Telegram or something else, then know that Whatsapp doesn’t let you transfer your data to any other apps. Yes, you can backup your data in the cloud but you will lose all of it if you delete your whatsapp account.
Third party applications like MobileTrans will help you keep your data safe even when you delete your whatsapp account. Within 3 to 4 steps, you can secure your data and also revisit it whenever you want to.
Step 1: Go to the official website of MobileTrans. Search for mobiletrans.wondershare.com on your web browser. Even if you do a Google search on your search engine, you will get the first link that will lead you to MobileTrans website.
Step 2: Download the MolbileTrans application onto your device and launch the application. Wait till the home page opens.
Step 3: The next page that appears displays all the options and features that MobileTrans offers. Since we are looking for whatsapp transfer, go for the ‘Whatsapp Transfer’ option.
Step 4: The application will prompt you to connect your mobile device. Connect your phone and select all the files that you want to transfer.
Step 5: After the transfer is done, and the ‘Completion’ page appears, disconnect your phone. However, you shouldn’t interrupt the process until all the files are transferred.
There are apps that help you transfer your data from whatsapp in one phone to another phone as well. If you want to transfer your data to a PC, then MobileTrans is the right choice for you.
However, if you are changing phones, using apps like Wutsapper - you can shift your data from one phone to another with a simple cable. It hardly takes a few minutes and you can transfer everything from chats to emojis as well.
If you keep telling everyone ‘I want to download whatsapp on my laptop but I don't know how to’, I hope this article gave you a clear answer to that. The steps mentioned will easily guide you and help you understand how to open whatsapp on the computer - be it a windows desktop or a Mac device. If you are planning to shift your whatsapp data or simply do not want to continue with Whatsapp, you can use the third-party applications to save your data. Everything you need is conveniently summed up in this article.