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When it comes to messaging friends and family, WhatsApp is one of the most popular apps worldwide, with over two billion users. It offers a handful of useful features, including the ability to text from a computer, which is particularly convenient when you're working and don't want to switch from your computer to your phone. Thanks to this multi-device mode, you can connect up to four companion devices. This mode doesn't require you to have your phone on, letting you continue to text even if your phone runs out of battery.

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There are two methods to use WhatsApp on your desktop, laptop, or favorite Chromebook. The first is through a simple web page, and the other involves a relatively light program you install on your computer. Here's how they work.

Getting started

If you're unsure whether to use the web version or the app, the first one works through your browser and doesn't need to be installed. It's convenient if you're using a work computer and your administrator doesn't allow you to install apps, but it's also perfect if you're using a Chromebook. Otherwise, you can . It doesn't matter which one you choose, as they primarily operate the same way.

After choosing one of these options, the setup process remains the same, as outlined below.

  1. The first time you open the web page or app on your computer, scan the QR code using your phone.
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  2. On your handset, open WhatsApp, and then go to the three-dot menu () in the upper-right corner and select Linked devices.
  3. Tap the Link a device button and point your phone at the QR code on your desktop or laptop screen.
  4. Once you've done that, and after some loading, your WhatsApp chats appear on your computer.
  5. You can repeat the process on four other devices, letting you text from all of them simultaneously.

If you need to unlink a device from your WhatsApp account, revoke access from your phone, which is helpful if your computer gets stolen or you forget to lock it. Here's how to do it:

  1. Open WhatsApp on your phone.
  2. Tap the three-dot menu () in the upper-right corner and select Linked devices.
  3. Tap the device you wish to unlink.
  4. Confirm your selection by tapping Log Out.

Enjoy texting from your computer

The desktop and web app offer the same chat features you're familiar with. In addition, the paperclip icon to the left of the text box lets you attach files from your PC, which is great for transferring documents to others. Similarly, you can take photos and videos using your device's webcam to send them through WhatsApp web, use the mic button for sending voice messages, and even type a colon to open the emoji picker. When you're ready to send a message, press Enter on your keyboard, or click the green arrow to the right of the text box.

Make sure to check out what WhatsApp offers in addition to this, like the ability to send some fun reactions.