How to use WhatsApp Web from your mobile and why you might want to do it

By RockedBuzz 14 Min Read

We are going to explain how to use WhatsApp Web from your mobile. WhatsApp Web is the client with which the messaging application allows you to also use it on a computer by linking it to your mobile, an alternative to the fact that the application cannot be used on two devices at the same time. Therefore, while that option arrives, it is one of the few alternatives to be used in a second mobile.

We are going to start by explaining why you might want to use WhatsApp Web on your mobile, being a not intuitive experience. And then, we will guide you step by step through the process to link your secondary mobile to the WhatsApp of the main one you use, since it is something for which you will need to use two different devices.

Why use WhatsApp Web on a mobile

The first thing you have to know is that you cannot use WhatsApp Web on the same mobile where you have your WhatsApp and the SIM card. To link the application to the web, you need to point the mobile where you have the app to a QR code on the web, so it is not possible to do everything on the same device.

Well, it is possible, because you can always transfer a capture immediately from the mobile browser to a PC or another mobile, and then log in using the photo. But it doesn’t make much sense to use WhatsApp Web on a mobile with the official application already installed.

So why do you need to use WhatsApp Web on a mobile? Well, because you may want to use the application on more than one device, and at the moment WhatsApp cannot be used on two different mobiles at the same time.

Using WhatsApp Web in your mobile browser is not a comfortable experience, at least not as much as using it on a tablet or in the browser on your computer or laptop. But if you have more than one mobile and want to use the service in all of them, it is possible that today it is your only option.

However, you should be aware of the implicit limitations of this service. For example, the mobile where you use the web version will have to be close to the mobile with the app, since if you move them away or stop making both share a WiFi, the communication between them will be cut off. In addition, there are some functions that are not available in the web version, so whenever possible it is better to use the app.

Use WhatsApp Web from your mobile

How to use WhatsApp Web from your mobile and why you might want to do it

The first thing you have to do is enter the WhatsApp Web web with the mobile where you want to use it, the web is The web will detect that you are from a mobile device and will take you directly to the generic WhatsApp web where it is proposed to download its application. What you have to do to avoid this is to click on the options button of your browser, which in the case of Chrome is in the upper right corner of the screen with a three-point icon.

As we mentioned above, WhatsApp is a mirror of WhatsApp that’s found on mobiles. To get started with using WhatsApp Web, follow these steps:

  1. On your computer, open the browser of your choice and visit and hit enter.
  2. You’ll now be asked to scan the QR code that appears on the screen. If you have an Android smartphone, open WhatsApp > tap the vertical three-dots icon and select WhatsApp Web. Similarly, if you have an iPhone, open WhatsApp > tap Settings > followed by tapping WhatsApp Web.
  3. Now, scan the QR code that’s there on your computer screen. That’s it, WhatsApp Web will now be active on your computer system. You can simply start chatting with your contacts by opening their chat threads. Besides, you can also start a new chat by clicking on the new chat icon.
  4. Just for the record, WhatsApp Web works on both Mac and Windows PC.
  5. Do note, for WhatsApp Web to work, your phone on which your WhatsApp account is active needs to be turned on along with having an active internet connection.

When you press the options button, your browser will open a menu in which you can choose many things that you can do. In this menu you have to activate the option * Version for computer, which in the case of other browsers could have another name, but always referring to the fact that you will see the web as if you were on a desktop PC.

Once you have activated the mode to see it as on a computer, the WhatsApp Web website will stop identifying your device as mobile and will show you its conventional version. If it doesn’t, go back to . When you enter the web you will now see it in normal mode, and a QR code will be displayed to link WhatsApp Web with the WhatsApp of your mobile. You will have to do the process as fast as you can because the QR code expires if you take time, and you will have to refresh it to generate a new one.

Now you must enter your main mobile where you have the WhatsApp app and open it. Once inside, press the icon with the three dots that appears in the top right of the app to display the options. In this menu, click on the WhatsApp Web option that you will see in third place. In the iOS version, go to the settings and you will see the WhatsApp Web option inside.

When you do, you will see that your mobile becomes a kind of scanner, and in the center of the screen a square appears that seems to be analyzing where you are pointing with the camera. Well, what you are going to have to do is point to the QR code that you have left open on the website of your other mobile, so that it is all within the square. You will have to do the process as fast as you can because the QR code expires if you take time, and you will have to refresh it to generate a new one.

When you do, the web will automatically identify you and load WhatsApp. From this moment on you can use the application from your mobile through the browser. Meanwhile, if you enter the WhatsApp Web section of the mobile phone, the sessions that you have started on different computers will now appear.

WhatsApp Web app: How to download and use with QR code

If you prefer having WhatsApp as an app for your desktop, rather than going to your web browser and loading WhatsApp Web each time you have closed the browser, follow these steps:

  1. On your computer, visit and hit enter.
  2. Under Download WhatsApp for Mac or Windows PC, click the green Download button. Note, that the website automatically detects whether you’re using a Mac or a Windows PC, so you don’t really have to look for a particular version for your system.
  3. Once your file is downloaded, install it on your system and open it.
  4. You’ll now see the familiar QR code, just like the one you see when you open WhatsApp Web on a browser.
  5. Scan the QR code from your phone by opening WhatsApp. If you have an Android smartphone, open WhatsApp > tap the vertical three-dots icon and select WhatsApp Web. Similarly, if you have an iPhone, open WhatsApp > tap Settings > followed by tapping WhatsApp Web.
  6. Before scanning the code, make sure you check the Keep me signed in option right below the QR code. This is to be done so that you don’t have to scan the code each and every time you open the app.
  7. That’s it. You now have WhatsApp running as an app on your computer.

WhatsApp Web: How to edit profile

To edit your personal details such as your name, profile photo and about in WhatsApp Web, follow these steps:

  1. Open WhatsApp Web on your computer’s browser or open the desktop app.
  2. Click your profile icon at the top. To change your profile photo from your computer, click on your profile photo if you have set one already > click on Upload photo or Take photo depending on your choice.
  3. Below your profile picture, you can see your name. Click the pencil icon to edit.
  4. Similarly, below your name you’ll see About. Click the pencil icon to edit.
  5. Unfortunately, you don’t have the option to post WhatsApp Status. However, you can still check your contact’s status stories. To do that click on the Status icon, next to your profile picture > now click on any contact to view their status.

WhatsApp Web Dark Mode: How to enable

WhatsApp Web doesn’t officially support dark mode, but there are two ways to enable it easily. You can either enable it by using the Inspect Element option on your browser or by installing an extension. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to WhatsApp Web on your computer and log in via the QR code. To do this, open WhatsApp on your Android phone > tap the three-dots icon on the top-right > Settings > WhatsApp Web. On iPhone, open WhatsApp > Settings > WhatsApp Web. Now scan the code on your computer’s screen and login.
  2. Right-click the WhatsApp Web page and click Inspect Element. Now search for body class=“web”. On some browsers such as Safari for Mac, you might have to search for body class=”web text-rendering-bug-fix”.
  3. Right-click this line > click Edit.
  4. Now change it to body class=”web dark” or body class=”web dark text-rendering-bug-fix”.
  5. Hit Enter on the keyboard or just click anywhere else on the page to apply changes.
  6. Now you can enjoy dark mode on WhatsApp Web.
  7. In case you find this too complicated, just install the Stylus addon on Firefox or Google Chrome.
  8. Now install the Dark WhatsApp style from this site. You can also install this style via Github (just scroll down to the Installation section).
  9. That’s it, now open WhatsApp Web and enjoy dark mode.

WhatsApp Web: Voice/ Video calling

  1. Visit and download Bluestacks. For those who don’t know, Bluestacks is one of the most popular Android emulators for computers.
  2. Visit and download Bluestacks. For those who don’t know, Bluestacks is one of the most popular Android emulators for computers.
  3. Once downloaded, open WhatsApp and register with the phone number that you use on the service.
  4. Note that once you register the number on WhatsApp over here in Bluestacks, the phone number will stop working on the device it was registered before. Which means, if you have set up WhatsApp in Bluestacks using the number that was on your phone, then you can now only use WhatsApp on Bluestacks and not on your phone. Sorry, but that’s the limitation we were talking about.
  5. Apart from this, once you have set up WhatsApp with your phone number in Bluestacks, you can start adding contacts to your WhatsApp accounts > open their chat threads and start making voice or video calls. The interface looks exactly the same as it looks on an Android smartphone.


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