How to install WhatsApp on Windows or macOS

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In the beginning, WhatsApp was only for the phone. But such was its popularity and so much the use that people gave it, that over time it made its way to the screen of your computer, thus facilitating the constant sending and receiving of messages without the need to constantly pick up the cell phone and interrupt the work flow. If you are not yet taking advantage of this useful ability, it is time for you to learn how to install WhatsApp on Windows or macOS.

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Today there are two options for using the Facebook messaging service on a computer: WhatsApp Web, an application that you can access through most web browsers; and WhatsApp Desktop, a program that you can download and use on your computer.

Why use WhatsApp Desktop

One of the advantages of using WhatsApp Desktop instead of the web version is that you don’t need to keep the browser open to access your conversations. In addition, you will avoid the risks of accidentally closing chats, as often happens with the windows of the browser.

Another benefit is that you can receive pop-up notifications or a preview each time you receive a message, unlike the web version, where the ability to view notifications is subject to your browser settings.

How to download WhatsApp Desktop

If you want to have access to WhatsApp Desktop, your computer must be equipped with Windows 8.1 or later, in the case of PCs; or macOS 10.10 or later, if you own a Mac. Otherwise, you will only be limited to WhatsApp Web.

To download WhatsApp Desktop you can do it from the Microsoft Store, the App Store para Mac or through app website.

When the download of the installation file is finished, you must run it and follow the instructions to complete the process.

How to log into WhatsApp Desktop

Once you have installed the application on your computer, you must link it with your WhatsApp account. To do this, you must follow the following steps from your phone:

In Android:

  • Open WhatsApp.
  • Tap the icon More options
  • Choose Linked devices.
  • Choose Pair a device. You can use biometric authentication (if your phone has this feature) or you will need to enter the device PIN.
  • Using your phone, scan the QR code that appears on your computer. If you want the session to remain open, be sure to check the checkbox next to Keep session active on your computer.

On iPhone:

  • Open WhatsApp
  • Go to Setting.
  • Choose Linked devices.
  • Press Pair a device> OK. In iOS 14 and later versions the biometric authentication option (Touch ID or Face ID) or enter the PIN, if you do not have it activated.
  • Using your phone, scan the QR code that appears on your computer. If you want the session to remain open, be sure to check the checkbox next to Keep session active on your computer.

How to log out of WhatsApp Desktop

To log out of WhatsApp Desktop, you just need to click on the menu icon available on the chat list and press Sign off.

From your phone, you must follow the following steps:

In Android:

  • Open WhatsApp on your phone.
  • Tap the icon More options> Paired devices.
  • Press Sign off.

On iPhone

  • Open WhatsApp on your phone.
  • Choose Settings> Paired Devices.
  • Press Sign off.

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