Open WhatsApp Desktop Automatically at Windows Startup

WhatsApp recently introduced its apps for Windows and Mac PCs which make it easier for the users to stay connected while working on their PCs. For those who cannot afford to miss a single message, it is important that WhatsApp stays open on their PCs and the notifications keep coming. In such a scenario, it is good to have WhatsApp start automatically when the user logs into the PC.

Open WhatsApp Desktop App at Windows Start

Microsoft Windows offers the option to add items to the program which startup automatically at PC startup. The same option can be used to add WhatsApp to the startup list to have it running as soon the PC turns on.

  1. Locate the WhatsApp shortcut on your desktop and copy it.
    If you cannot find one, re-run the WhatsApp setup or go to the user’s appdata to create a shortcut.
  2. Open Run by pressing Windows Key + R on the keyboard.
  3. Copy and paste the following into the textbox of Run window and press Enter.
    %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

    Windows Run open startup folder

  4. Paste the WhatsApp shortcut (copied in 1st step) into the folder that opens (Startup).
    whatsapp in startup folder

WhatsApp will now open up automatically the next time you log into your PC. There is no way right now to have WhatsApp start as minimized or in the system tray.

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