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How to get WhatsApp on Mac

Lewis Painter | May 11, 2016
It turns out there are a couple of ways to access your WhatsApp messages from your iPhone, on your Mac

WhatsApp Web

Apple's introduction of the Messages app back in OS X Mountain Lion brought much convenience for iOS users, giving them the ability to send and receive iMessages (and later, all text messages) via their Macs. It meant users could quickly reply to messages and carry on with what they were doing before, along with being able to type longer messages, quickly. 

How to use WhatsApp on Mac - Mac program

Back in January 2015, WhatsApp had its own variation for PC & Mac users, through WhatsApp Web, allowing users to log onto a website from virtually any device and be able to access their WhatsApp messages. It's fully supported on Google Chrome, Opera and FireFox, but doesn't offer official support for those using Safari - although it does work, just with a handful of features missing.

By heading to the WhatsApp Web website on Chrome, Opera or FireFox, you're able to log in quickly using a QR code and access all conversations available on your smartphone. In addition to this, you can send and receive media, participate in group chats, send and receive voice notes and even receive notifications whenever a new message is received. If you access WhatsApp Web via Safari, you'll have access to all the above features apart from push notification support, and voice note recording (you're still able to listen to them).

WhatsApp desktop app

On 10 May 2016, WhatsApp launched its very own desktop app. It can bedownloaded for free through their website and is extremely simple to setup.

Once you've downloaded and dragged the program to your application folder on Mac, you'll be presented with a QR code. Get on your phone, open WhatsApp and hit the three little dots at the top right-hand corner and select WhatsApp Web.

How to use WhatsApp on Mac - QR Code

You'll now have a QR scanner open within your mobile app and it will allow you to scan the code on your Mac screen.

Once you've scanned it, you'll have your WhatsApp contacts and conversations directly synchronised to your desktop!

How to use WhatsApp on Mac - App

Any messages sent or received are reflected on both your phone and the desktop app in real-time. Therefore, if you delete a conversation on your phone, it will delete it off your desktop app and vice versa.

Just like the Web app, you'll need to have your phone's data or Wi-Fi enabled, so ensure you've got a mobile data plan to cater for your demands or that you're on a Wi-Fi network. If your phone is not connected you won't receive messages and your sent messages will be put on-hold.

 

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