WhatsApp Web Lets you Use WhatsApp on your PC – Advantages & Limitations

whatsapp logo squareWhatsApp – the most popular messaging app for smartphones has moved a step ahead with WhatsApp Web. WhatsApp users can now continue their chats on their desktop PC or any other device which can run Google Chrome, Opera or Firefox browser. This will make life easier as when somebody is using his laptop or desktop, he/she can continue his WhatsApp chats in the PC’s browser instead of using the PC and the Phone simultaneously, thereby allowing an easier and richer WhatsApp experience on the bigger screen.

What exactly is WhatsApp Web?

Update: WhatsApp Web and Desktop Apps are updated to bring support for sharing documents. Just tap the paperclip icon and choose document.

WhatsApp Web basically mirrors the chats from your phone to your PC’s browser (Google Chrome, Firefox and Opera) and makes it easier for the users to continue their chats when they are using their computers. That said, WhatsApp Web does not work unless your smartphone has WhatsApp installed and it has internet connectivity. To say it simply and clearly, WhatsApp Web makes your WhatsApp chats accessible on the bigger monitor, hence still requiring the smartphone to be actively connected to the internet. The chat messages will still be stored on your phone as you continue your chats on the Web client. Also, as it runs within the browser, compatibility with different systems and hardware is not an issue.

WhatsApp Web

WhatsApp for Web Layout

WhatsApp Web is also not a standalone application and you cannot create a new WhatsApp account using it. The sole purpose of bringing WhatsApp Web is to address the issue of limiting the users to the smaller mobile screen when they are sitting next to their desktops or a laptops with a bigger screen and a dedicated physical keyboard. This will surely cool down some of the frustrated users which, for this reason have switched to other cross-platform messaging apps which are available for desktops as well.

How to Use WhatsApp Web

You do not need to download any apps or extensions to start using WhatsApp Web. All that you need to do is to open the following link in Firefox, Opera or Chrome browser and scan the QR code using the option present in the WhatsApp application in your phone. You can connect to more than one computers as well.


Windows Phone Users – On the Main WhatsApp screen, tap on the 3 dots at the bottom right and tap on WhatsApp web. Then scan the QR code.

Android Users – On the main window, tap on the 3 dots at the top right and choose WhatsApp Web.

BlackBerry Users – On the chats screen, press the menu key and choose WhatsApp Web

Symbian S60 users – Open WhatsApp, tap on Menu and choose WhatsApp Web

iOS Users – iOS devices not supported yet

Once you’re on the WhatsApp Web screen, point your phone’s camera to your computer’s screen and scan the QR code. Your WhatsApp chats will then show up on your computer and you can start chatting.

If you’ve checked the remember box, you will not be needed to scan the QR code everytime you open the page.

whatsapp web requires connected phoneLimitations of WhatsApp Web

  1. Requires the phone to be constantly connected to the internet.

Rest all is pretty much available. There are notifications and you can send audio messages and even emojis along the text as well.

Did you like the web version of WhatsApp? Let your thoughts flow in the comments section below.


25th Feb 2015 – WhatsApp web is now supported on Firefox and Opera as well. Post updated accordingly. Source


321 Responses to WhatsApp Web Lets you Use WhatsApp on your PC – Advantages & Limitations

  1. Sanjeet kumar chandi October 5, 2016 at 8:16 am #

    how to use whatsapp on web.whatsapp.com if the account is deleted but no log out on pc.

    • Narender Singh October 5, 2016 at 11:16 pm #

      You cannot use it on the PC since WhatsApp Web only mirrors what is running on your phone.

  2. name October 7, 2016 at 5:20 pm #

    where does whatsapp web store my images?

    • Narender Singh October 7, 2016 at 7:05 pm #

      Unless you download/save those images manually, they only stay in web cache and are deleted when you close the session.

  3. slim sgary October 18, 2016 at 8:57 pm #

    How many times do you need to scan QR code to login..again and again

    • Narender Singh October 19, 2016 at 12:57 am #

      If you set it to remember you and you don’t use browser in private mode, you should stay logged in for months.

      • Wisdom October 19, 2016 at 1:30 pm #

        where do i find the remember box?

        • Narender Singh October 19, 2016 at 2:06 pm #

          I was referring to the ‘Keep me signed in‘ checkbox on the page where you scan the QR code.

        • Wisdom October 19, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

          I did click on the box keep me signed on, but when I close the browser and reopen it I have to scan the QR code again.

          • Narender Singh October 19, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

            Which browser are you using? Make sure you’re not running it in Incognito/Private mode and that you have not set it to clear cookies and history on exit.
            Also check if you have some sort of cleaner app (like CCleaner) which can delete your browser data periodically.

      • Pratik November 8, 2016 at 3:01 am #

        If by mistakenly logged out is it possible to retrieve it back without scanning again

  4. Twich October 19, 2016 at 9:15 pm #

    Is there a history of what computers I’ve scan into and if so do they delete themselves once logged out or can they be deleted on my phone? So I can know if someone has been snooping my messages or not

    • Narender Singh October 19, 2016 at 10:53 pm #

      Umm.. The currently connected/logged in devices can be seen under the WhatsApp Web option of your phone.
      The devices which are signed out are removed from the list automatically.

  5. MISHANK GOYAL October 21, 2016 at 2:29 pm #

    Is it possible if i m logout my whatsapp from pc but again regain the whatsapp web without scanning code

    • Narender Singh October 21, 2016 at 2:51 pm #

      No it is not. You need to scan the code again.

  6. Kushal October 24, 2016 at 10:44 pm #

    What if i delete my chat on whatsapp web , will the chat be deleted from tha whatsapp application too? Please reply soon …

    • Narender Singh October 25, 2016 at 12:28 am #

      Yes the messages will be cleared from your phone as well.

  7. Kushal October 25, 2016 at 6:26 am #

    Narender singh …please reply to my question , it’s urgent …..

    • Narender Singh October 25, 2016 at 12:07 pm #

      I’ve already replied, buddy. Was there something else you were asking?

  8. Andrew October 25, 2016 at 11:47 pm #

    if i delete my account and reinstall whatsapp and setup my account again will i still be logged into whatsapp web…please reply urgent

    • Narender Singh October 26, 2016 at 12:11 am #

      No you will not stay logged in if you delete and setup the account again. You actually don’t need to do all that, just disconnect all devices from the WhatsApp Web option and you’re good to go.

      • Andrew October 26, 2016 at 12:15 am #

        Thank you very much for the prompt reply..

  9. meida October 27, 2016 at 5:51 pm #

    how to download/save audio / video on PC??

    • meida October 27, 2016 at 7:34 pm #

      Pictures and Videos are showing fine BUT audio files are giving like this ( WhatsApp Ptt 2016-10-27 at 3.51.52 PM.ogg; codecs=opus) and not opening when downloaded. please help.

      • meida October 29, 2016 at 11:53 am #

        @Narender Singh … Plzzz help

        • Narender Singh October 29, 2016 at 3:48 pm #

          Hey, buddy
          You can simply open VLC media player and drag the file into it to play it. Or you can rename the file to remove the ; codecs=opus) part and the file will be playable normally via VLC or any other Media Player.

  10. Jk October 29, 2016 at 12:31 am #

    Q. 1. Is it compulsory to put the mobile near the pc when using whatsapp web or it can be done without doing that?

    Q.2. If chat is deleted from the cell then can it be read on the pc?

    Reply plz..

    • Narender Singh October 29, 2016 at 11:40 am #

      1. The distance is no bar. As long as the 2 devices are authenticated, they can be used from any distance.
      2. Chat will be deleted from the PC instantly or in a few seconds. So yes, you can read it as the message arrives, but upon deletion, it will be quickly deleted from the PC as well.

  11. Jk October 29, 2016 at 1:15 am #

    Agr cell pc se connected h..n cell or pc same time p whtsapp use nhi kr rhe..to kya cell se chat delete krne k bad b use pc pe padha ja skta h??

    • Narender Singh October 29, 2016 at 11:41 am #

      Nahi padha ja sakta. Because phone wali chat hi PC par mirror hoti hai. Alag se koi copy nahi hoti. So jab phone se delete kar di toh wo PC par load hi nahi hogi.

      • Jk October 29, 2016 at 6:43 pm #

        Thanks Sir..but one more ques.
        cell se whatsapp web se sare connection log out krne k bad b automatically log in show ho rha h..jbki kisi ne qr code scan nhi kiya..whts the reason..waitin fr ur reply

  12. ram shetty November 2, 2016 at 1:49 am #

    While using web whatsapp can I send images which are saved in my phone to someone….

    • Narender Singh November 2, 2016 at 9:45 am #

      No buddy. You can only select media files from the PC, not the phone.

  13. Rajan November 4, 2016 at 11:31 am #

    By mistake I logged off from my chrome in my pc how can I bring it back without scanning the qr code again plz help me

    • Narender Singh November 4, 2016 at 7:15 pm #

      You cannot do that. You need to scan the code again.

  14. Kiran November 5, 2016 at 4:06 pm #

    I want Know How Whatsapp.web access all my messages .. What exactly happend When we Scans the Qr code on PC via mobile…????

    • Narender Singh November 5, 2016 at 4:40 pm #

      When you scan the code, the web client is authenticated. The app on your phone then knows that when this web client will ask for messages, it can share them. It then syncs the messages from your phone to the cloud which then show up on the PC.

  15. Bilwadal Chowdhary November 6, 2016 at 9:27 am #

    In this process where the media files save in computer? I mean what will be the path of computer hard disk for saving whatsapp media file?

    • Narender Singh November 6, 2016 at 4:28 pm #

      They aren’t saved to your PC and are only cached. That means they are loaded temporarily and deleted after a while. You need to save them in order to access them later. When you save them, they are saved to your downloads folder by default.

  16. zaki November 7, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

    Im using whatsap web on my pc, but In my samsung mobile its always notified me,that your whtsap have been loggin in windows,when ever i open my whtsap on my phone,, how this notification will permenetly remove from my phone,without log out from my pc

    • Narender Singh November 7, 2016 at 10:47 pm #

      When you use WhatsApp Web, the persistent notification has to appear there. This is how WhatsApp notifies the user that another device is logged in.

      • zaki November 8, 2016 at 5:32 pm #

        Is there any option to remove that notification from my mobile

        • Narender Singh November 9, 2016 at 2:19 am #

          None other than blocking all notification from WhatsApp.

  17. Shilpi November 11, 2016 at 2:02 pm #

    I have closed d chrome by mistake.But does not log out whatsapp web frm chrome.How to reopen it???

  18. Lujo November 12, 2016 at 9:15 am #

    Hi Narender, is there a way to email chats from your whatsapp web computer interface to your yahoo/gmail account? Is it possible too to see the wahatsapp call history on the computer, thanks

  19. tina November 12, 2016 at 5:02 pm #

    if someone hacks your whats app through qr code , he can only see the data after he connected or he can see previous data also?and if we than uninstall whats app and again install, do the person who hacked will be able to see the chats?

    pl reply urgently………………

    • Narender Singh November 13, 2016 at 12:39 am #

      He can see it all as the past history keeps loading as he scrolls up.
      You actually don’t need to uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp. Simply disconnecting the devices from the Web option would do it. But yes, reinstalling will also disconnect him and he won’t be able to see the chats anymore.

      • Shreya November 14, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

        How do i get logged out of my friend’s laptop..because i guess she is using my watspp account

      • Shreya November 14, 2016 at 12:37 pm #

        I cant use her laptop because she lives far away so how can i log out from other device so that she dont access my watsapp

        • Narender Singh November 15, 2016 at 1:36 pm #

          You can simply open WhatsApp Web option on your phone and disconnect all devices 🙂

  20. rajan November 13, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

    can recover chat history using whatsapp web…………

    • Narender Singh November 14, 2016 at 2:38 am #

      No you cannot as WhatsApp Web only displays messages from your phone.

  21. ahmilman November 15, 2016 at 8:12 am #

    if i uninstall my account and reinstall whatsapp and setup my account again will i still be logged into whatsapp web…please reply urgent

    • Narender Singh November 15, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

      You will be logged out when you remove WhatsApp.

  22. Swati November 17, 2016 at 11:05 pm #

    Hi . I want to ask …one of my frnd is using my wats app…cz i thnk he jst taken my qr code without my permission..and dt s too wrng …..can he use the same code agn if i log him out …wot to do to stop hm permanently for using my phone from his device..

    • Narender Singh November 18, 2016 at 1:01 am #

      No. The QR code is a one-time use code and expires in a while. Plus, he cannot take your QR code. He needs to scan QR code on his device using the camera on your phone. So unless you let him use your phone, he won’t be able to scan it and connect back to your whatsapp. Just log him out and you’re all safe.

      • Swati November 18, 2016 at 9:15 am #

        Thnku☺️Nw m flng safe

  23. rajib November 18, 2016 at 11:09 am #

    is this possible to be connected years with one time log in.?

    • rajib November 18, 2016 at 11:11 am #

      is he your ex boyfriend.

      • Swati November 18, 2016 at 2:51 pm #

        No no ..u knw frndz take phones..and they have a habbit to see things or stuff like photoghraphs .,so i thnk one of my frnd did it….who fl jls?

  24. Sushmita November 24, 2016 at 4:33 pm #

    @narendra singh: Sir in whatscan app which functions more like a whatsapp web, do i have to scan the code all the time i need to access my account or will keep me signed in option serve the purpose?

    • Narender Singh November 24, 2016 at 4:36 pm #

      The keep me signed in does keep you signed in. I won’t say that it will keep you signed in forever, but it will for at least a few weeks 🙂

  25. Andro Gracies November 25, 2016 at 12:38 pm #

    @narendra Singh, Sir if the web whatsapps was accidentally logged out (mistakenly touch log out while refresh link) , is there any way to log in again ? is the surfing history will kept any information that be useful to log in again without physically access the smartphone?

    • Narender Singh November 30, 2016 at 10:35 pm #

      I’m not aware of any such thing. Once you’re logged out, it is gone forever. You need to scan the code again to invoke a new session 😀

  26. Amir December 1, 2016 at 2:40 am #

    Dear sir..i hav scan Q.R code my g.f cell for known to sincerity issues..app wrking properly but after few hours i open app then Q.R code window apper again for scan purpose even i dnt logged out so plz tell me how is it hapens..now i m nt able to scan code..plz help me.

    • Narender Singh December 4, 2016 at 4:51 pm #

      She might have logged out the session from her phone.

  27. Anu007 December 2, 2016 at 11:06 am #

    Does the watsapp web also shows the end to end encrypted messages on the desktop??

    • Narender Singh December 4, 2016 at 4:33 pm #

      All WhatsApp messages are now end-to-end encrypted (unless you are running a very old version). Yes, WhatsApp Web shows them 🙂

      • Rahnas December 7, 2016 at 12:07 am #

        Dear sir
        I forgot to logout qr connection nd just go miles away. Then anybody can see my video calls and hear voice calls and read chating. I want fast reply pls.and one more if i am doing a video call the other person who can see the video on his laptop.?

        • Narender Singh December 7, 2016 at 3:28 am #

          WhatsApp Web does not support calling. So, no, the other person cannot hear your calls or view your video feed. He can obviously read chats and if you don’t want that, you should logout using the WhatsApp Web option on your phone 🙂

  28. arun December 4, 2016 at 6:04 pm #

    my friends is going to reset the phone how can i continued to use the whtsapp of my friend
    in whtsappweb

    • Narender Singh December 7, 2016 at 3:45 am #

      You need to scan the code again in order to continue using that. However, I’d recommend you to stop spying and let your friend maintain his/her privacy.

  29. Julio Almeida December 4, 2016 at 10:06 pm #

    Dear Sir,
    If I keep logged in on Whatsappweb, but log off my computer, still the app will keep using my data? Or it just uses my data when I actually have Whatsappweb on my computers screen and/or I’m using it?
    Thank you very much.

    • Narender Singh December 7, 2016 at 3:44 am #

      When you Log Off your PC, some data will still be consumed as WhatsApp will still be running on your phone.

  30. Ritu December 7, 2016 at 8:26 pm #

    if i share my whatsapp web to someone can he read my oldest chat who i had already delete…..Reply Fast

    • Narender Singh December 8, 2016 at 12:10 pm #

      No. Deleted chats are gone. They will not appear again 🙂

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