Tech Tip: How to use WhatsApp on your computer

For starters, there are two ways to use WhatsApp on your desktop. The first one is to use it through the WhatsApp Web feature on your browser. However, this option involves going to the webpage and login every time you open your browser. A better – and more convenient – way is to download the WhatsApp for Windows or Mac. The desktop client is similar to the WhatsApp Web service, but with the added advantage of resuming or logging in as soon as you turn on your computer.

Step 1: Download WhatsApp app for your computer.

Step 2: Install the app on your computer. The app does not need any additional plugins and is ready to use once the installation is complete.

Step 3: On opening the WhatsApp desktop app, you will be pleased to see a familiar introduction screen. Yes, this is similar to the one from WhatsApp Web. Scan the QR code and voila, you’re ready to message your friends and family. To ensure seamless transfer of messages, it is always recommended that both your computer and smartphone are connected to the same network.

Step 4: On the left-hand section, you will see as highlighted, the menu button. This is where you can change your phone status, profile image and gain access to app settings and notifications.

Step 5: Clicking on “Desktop settings” will take you to the primary settings of the desktop app. You need to enable login at start-up.
Once you’re through with these steps, you’re all set to use the app!

– Compiled by Ankita Das

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