Typing long messages or holding multiple WhatsApp conversations on your smartphone is possible, but there are times when typing away on a full keyboard and viewing messages on a full-size computer screen would be better.
How to set up WhatsApp’s desktop app
Setting up the desktop app is similar to setting up WhatsApp Web, but with one exception — you need to download and install the application first.
- Download the Mac or Windows version of the app from whatsapp.com/download.
- Mac users will need to unzip the file, then move WhatsApp to the Applications folder.
- Windows users will need to run the EXE file and follow the prompts.
- When the app launches, you’ll see a QR code for you to scan with the WhatsApp phone app. Just below the code, you’ll see directions to help you find that scanning option on the app. For example, in the iOS app, tap Settings, then WhatsApp Web.
- After you scan the code, you’ll be able to see your WhatsApp messages on your phone and in the browser. You won’t need a Wi-Fi connection for your phone, but WhatsApp recommends connecting over Wi-Fi to avoid using too much mobile data.
The layout of WhatsApp’s desktop apps mirror the Web and mobile experience. You can still send emojis, photos and voice notes, view your contact list and receive notifications on the computer.