WhatsApp is arguably the most popular messaging platform on the planet, as the Facebook-owned company claims that 64 billion messages were processed by its servers on the company’s most successful day. 64,000 million!
But what if you want to use WhatsApp on your Mac to reply to the messages that have arrived on your iPhone? Is there any way of doing this? The answer is yes, there are several ways to access WhatsApp from your Mac.
In this article we explain how to access, send and receive messages through WhatsApp for iPhone (or Android) on your Mac. Oh, and if you want to use WhatsApp on your iPad, we also have a tutorial for it.
Discover WhatsApp Web
Apple’s introduction of the ‘Messages’ app in OS X Mountain Lion brought great convenience to iOS users, allowing them to send and receive iMessages (and later all text messages) through their Macs. .
This meant that users were able to respond quickly to messages and continue what they were doing as well as being able to type longer messages, quickly (thanks to the convenience of a keyboard).
In 2015, WhatsApp had its own variation for PC and Mac users, called WhatsApp Web. It is essentially a browser-based WhatsApp application, allowing users to log in from virtually any device and access their WhatsApp messages.
It is fully compatible with Google Chrome, Opera and FireFox, but does not offer official support for Safari users, although it does work, only some functions are missing.
By heading to the WhatsApp website in Chrome, Opera or FireFox, you can quickly log in with a QR code and access all the conversations available on your smartphone. In addition to this, you will be able to send and receive messages, participate in group chats, send and receive voice notes and even receive notifications every time a new message is received.
If you access WhatsApp Web through Safari, you will have access to all the above functions, apart from the support for notifications push and the recording of voice memos (you can continue listening to them).
You must bear in mind that you will need to have your phone connected to the Internet to send and receive messages through WhatsApp Web.
The WhatsApp desktop app
Following the success of WhatsApp Web, the company launched its own desktop application for Mac and PC users. It can be downloaded for free through the WhatsApp website and is very easy to set up.
Once you have installed and opened the WhatsApp desktop application, you will be presented with a QR code. Take your mobile phone, open WhatsApp, press on the three small dots in the upper right corner and select ‘WhatsApp Web’.
A QR scanner should open within your mobile app, allowing you to scan the code on your Mac screen.
Once you’ve paired your PC or Mac with your mobile device, you’ll have your WhatsApp contacts and conversations synced directly to your desktop.
All messages sent or received are reflected on your phone and in the desktop application in real time. So if you delete a conversation on your phone, you will delete it from your desktop app and vice versa.
Like the web application, you will need to have your phone or Wi-Fi data enabled, so make sure you have a mobile data plan to meet your demands or that you are connected to a Wi-Fi network.
If your phone is not connected, you will not receive messages and sent messages will be put on hold. If you ever want to stop sending and receiving messages from your desktop app, just log out of the desktop app.