WhatsApp is one of the world’s most popular messaging platforms for those on the move. But many users don’t know you download and use WhatsApp on your desktop or laptop computer.
The Facebook-owned WhatsApp offers simple, secure and reliable messaging for free. WhatsApp usage has grown steadily and shows no sign of slowing down – now processing in excess of 65 billion messages daily. The majority of these were sent from mobile phones, suggesting many people do not know WhatsApp also works on computers and laptops.
One of the most popular WhatsApp features is the group chats, where you can share messages, photos, and videos with up to 256 people at once.
Groups can be named, muted and customised. WhatsApp allows users to talk to your friends and family for free around the world.
WhatsApp offers video calls, enabling face-to-face conversations for free.
Users can capture and share important moments via their phone’s inbuilt camera.
And PDFs, documents, spreadsheets and more can also be syndicated without the hassle of email or file sharing apps.
And WhatsApp also boasts end-to-end encryption, meaning your messages and calls are secured so only you and the person you’re communicating with can read or listen to them.
WhatsApp on the web and desktop lets users can seamlessly sync all of their chats to your computer so that you can chat on whatever device is most convenient.
How to install WhatsApp on a computer:
WhatsApp can be used on your desktop without a browser.
To install WhatsApp on your computer, access their website from your computer’s browser, and download the app.
WhatsApp can only be installed on your computer if your operating system is Windows 8.1 (or newer) or Mac OSX 10.9 (or newer).
How to install WhatsApp on Mac OSX 10.9+:
Navigate to the download page on your computer’s browser to download the .zip file.
Once the download is complete, open the zip file to run the WhatsApp.app.
The application will ask if you would like to add WhatsApp to your Applications folder and your desktop dock.
When the install is complete, launch WhatsApp on your computer and scan the QR code to log in.
Another option is to download and install WhatsApp via the Apple App Store.
How to install WhatsApp on Windows 8.1+:
Navigate to the download page on your computer’s browser to download the .exe file.
Once the download is complete, open WhatsApp.exe to install WhatsApp on your computer.
Once the install is complete, launch WhatsApp on your computer and scan the QR code to log in.
How to scan the WhatsApp QR code:
On Android: Chats screen, then Menu and WhatsApp Web.
On iPhone 8.1+: Settings, then WhatsApp Web.
On Windows Phone 8.1+: Chats screen, Menu and WhatsApp Web.
ARM processors and Linux based systems are not yet supported.