How to use WhatsApp on PC and Mac

How many times have we happened to receive messages on WhatsApp while we were at work and not to be able to reply immediately, since it is not allowed to use the phone and distract us from our monitor.
Fortunately, WhatsApp is also manageable from the PC, just use the WhatsApp Web page as if it were a real separate application and associate the account, so you can receive and respond to messages without even unlocking the phone screen.
We see in this guide how to best use WhatsApp from PC and Mac through the official app and how to create a dedicated app starting from the WhatsApp Web site and using Google Chrome as a browser; using one of the proposed methods we will be able to open WhatsApp without interfering with others to use to work, effectively transforming WhatsApp into an online program for the computer .
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Official WhatsApp app

For some time now, the official WhatsApp app has been available, freely downloadable from here -> WhatsApp App .
The site will allow you to download the 64-bit version compatible with all versions of Windows (from 7 to 10), plus you can also load the Mac version. If we have a 32-bit operating system, just click on the item 32-bit version to download the suitable version
On Windows 10 we can download the official WhatsApp app also from the Microsoft Store, practically the same but compatible immediately with any architecture and version. Once installed on our system, let's start it and prepare to make the association through the QR code (which we will explain in a later chapter of this guide, since the procedure is identical whatever method we intend to use). This app offers a few more buttons than WhatsApp Web, just check the menu on the top left. In this regard, we recommend that you read our official guide to the WhatsApp app, where we will find very useful information on using this program.
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Personalized app via Chrome

If we don't want to use the official app, we can create our app using an interesting feature of Google Chrome.
Once installed on the system, go to the WhatsApp Web page, looking for it in the address bar or the link we have inserted here above; the association page with QR code will appear, as seen also within the app. Before making any association, click on the menu with the three dots at the top right and go to the path Other tools -> Create shortcut, then confirm the name of the shortcut (we can also use a simple " WhatsApp ").
Type in the address bar chrome: // apps, then right-click on the WhatsApp icon that we have just created.
As a last configuration we make sure that there is a check mark on the item Open as window, so that from now on this page opens in a Chrome window without any additional detail (bars, buttons, menus etc.), as if it were a real app.

Let's check on the desktop if there is the WhatsApp icon and start it: we will immediately notice the difference compared to the other Chrome windows, it will seem to have to do with the real WhatsApp app on PC with all the most important functions : receiving notifications (from the settings by pressing the button with three dots at the top left), sending files and photos from PC (by pressing the paperclip button), sending voice messages from the PC (by pressing the microphone button) and then also the large visualization of the received photos and the saving of the images on PC. We just have to see now how to correctly associate the chat between phone and PC.

WhatsApp from website

Unfortunately WhatsApp is not able to work independently on the PC and Mac without the phone app being started and connected to the Internet.
So first (if we don't have a WhatsApp account yet) we install the app on our Android or iOS smartphone from here -> WhatsApp (Android) and WhatsApp (iOS).
Once installed we insert the phone number with which to create the account and proceed in the main screen of the app.
Now we will have to make sure that the phone is connected to the Internet (via Wi-Fi or 4G, it is the same), so that we can open the official app or the app created by us through the use of Google Chrome.
From this page we will see a QR code appear, to be scanned with the phone's WhatsApp app.

As soon as the code is displayed, we open the app and go to the Menu or Settings and click on WhatsApp Web .
The rear camera of the phone will be launched immediately, with which to frame the code displayed on the PC screen; if we want to maintain the association, just keep the check mark on the item Stay connected, especially if the PC is used only by us; if we are on a shared workstation, it is better not to tick this item to prevent someone from reading our chats while we are away from the computer.
In a few seconds the association will be confirmed and we will see the WhatsApp interface appear, so you can reply to chats and send messages directly from the phone keypad.
Both of the apps that we have shown you offer support for emojis, emoticons and GIFs, with the possibility of receiving notifications in real time in the lower right corner.
From the phone we will see a notification of the use of WhatsApp Web, so as to immediately realize the actual connection.
Once connected, it is possible to open Whatsapp via website on PC and also configure it to receive notifications on the PC desktop.
In addition, you can also install extensions to improve Whatsapp chat on Chrome .
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NOTE: These first three solutions to use Whatsapp on PC only work if the associated WhatsApp app is present on the phone and it is correctly connected to the Internet: without the WhatsApp app on the phone and without a connection, it will not be possible to use the app from the PC (they interface directly, so they depend on each other).

Whatsapp on PC with emulator

As explained in other articles, it is instead possible to install Whatsapp on PC with an Android emulator . you can then use Bluestacks to open Android apps and games on PC, which is easy to install and completely free for Mac too.
With this solution, you can chat with Whatsapp even without a smartphone, completely, even to make Whatsapp video calls from a PC. The only limit is that the Whatsapp account on the smartphone will be disconnected once logged in from the PC, because Whatsapp can only be used on one device at a time and not on two at the same time.
If we want to use a chat service that does not depend exclusively on the phone, we recommend taking a look at Telegram, which can be used simultaneously on both PC and phone, as explained in the comparison between Telegram and Whatsapp.

Whatsapp notifications on PC

As an alternative to all this or in addition, you can receive Whatsapp notifications on PC using the Phone app in Windows 10 or with the Pushbullet app that also allows you to respond to messages quickly from the notification itself.
Pushbullet is an app to be installed for free on the Android smartphone, whatever it is, which interfaces, via the wifi or data network connection, with the Chrome extension on the computer. Once logged in with a Google account or with a Facebook account, both from a PC and a mobile phone, the connection is established and all the notifications that appear on the phone will also be displayed on the computer screen. For some notifications such as SMS and messages received in Whatsapp, under the Pushbullet notification on PC, a button also appears to reply directly and quickly, without having to use the phone and without interrupting what we are doing.

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