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How to Use WhatsApp in Your Web Browser

by Suzanne Kantra on December 08, 2023

Updated on 12/8/2023 with the latest instructions

While WhatsApp is a messaging service designed primarily for smartphones, you can use WhatsApp in your browser on your Windows PC or Mac.  Here’s how.

1. Make sure you have a WhatsApp account on your phone and you are logged in. If you don’t have a WhatsApp account, you can download WhatsApp for iOS or Android and create an account.

2. Open your web browser on your computer and go to (all major browsers are supported, including Chrome, Edge, Safari, Firefox, and Opera). You'll see a QR code that you will need in step 7 below. 

3. Open WhatsApp on your phone.

4. In WhatsApp, go to Menu for Android phones (triple dots) or Settings for iPhones (cog icon).

WhatsApp Android app with the triple dots for the menu pointed out and the WhatsApp iOS app with the cog for Settings pointed out.

5. Select WhatsApp Web for Android or WhatsApp Web/Desktop for iPhone.

6. Select Link a Device

7. Use your phone’s camera to view the QR code on the WhatsApp Web page from step 2 above. The QR code automatically links your phone’s WhatsApp account to WhatsApp Web.

WhatsApp Web screenshot showing QR code for pairing with a smartphone

8. Now, you should see your WhatsApp conversations in your browser.

WhatsApp Web list of chats

To initially sign into your WhatsApp account, your phone is necessary. However, once logged in, you can keep receiving messages in your browser, even if your phone is off. Your phone's account allows linking up to four devices simultaneously. Note that if your phone remains unused for over 14 days, you'll be automatically logged out of your WhatsApp account in your browser.

[Image credit: blue laptop with WhatsApp icon via BigStockPhoto, screenshots via Techlicious]

For the past 20+ years, Techlicious founder Suzanne Kantra has been exploring and writing about the world’s most exciting and important science and technology issues. Prior to Techlicious, Suzanne was the Technology Editor for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and the Senior Technology Editor for Popular Science. Suzanne has been featured on CNN, CBS, and NBC.


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