WhatsApp is the most famous instant messaging app now. WhatsApp is everywhere. The wide range of services like video calling and file sharing makes this platform more attractive. Here you will know how to use WhatsApp on a computer without a phone.
WhatsApp gives you their way to use it. You can use the mobile app, WhatsApp web or desktop app.
WhatsApp supports almost all platform like Android, IOS, Windows, BlackBerry, etc. You may already know that WhatsApp can be accessed by the browser. There is a dedicated web version only for this resign. Just go to WhatsApp web and use WhatsApp on the browser.
WhatsApp also introduced a desktop version. This means you can run the app like a desktop application.
How to Install WhatsApp desktop app
In May 2016 WhatsApp introduced its desktop app. With the help of desktop version, you can use the use of keyboard shortcuts during your chat and notifications can be sent directly to your desktop. It also seems more robust and it is a regular program that’s installed like any other.
So you have a new way to stay in touch with your friends and relatives anytime and anywhere. No matter you are on your phone or computer at home or work.
The desktop app is currently available for Windows and Mac OS and is synced with WhatsApp on your mobile device.
The web version is very similar to a desktop app. There is two difference. You have the ability to use keyboard shortcuts during your chat, and notifications can be sent directly to your desktop and it is a regular program that is installed like any other.
You may have the doubt on how to download WhatsApp desktop app and how to use without a phone. Just follow the below steps.
Also, read – How to read deleted messages on WhatsApp
How to use WhatsApp desktop app
As I mentioned earlier, you can use WhatsApp in three ways. I assuming that you have already installed the mobile app. If not, install it first.
To use the desktop version of WhatsApp you have to download it first. Just Download WhatsApp desktop app.
You will find the interface like this.
Select the corresponding download link with your computer’s operating system. Choose either the Windows or Mac link.
After successful installation opens the desktop program. Now you will see a big QR code.
- Open WhatsApp app on your phone.
- Go to setting > WhatsApp web
- Scroll down and choose Scan QR Code
- Hold your phone up to the computer screen to scan the QR code.
- Then WhatsApp will open immediately and shows your messages on your phone. You can now close down the WhatsApp app on your phone and use it from your computer.
Now you can manage your message with friends and family while your phone stays in your pocket.
The desktop app of WhatsApp is just like the app on your Smartphone. It has very similar features, interface, and look. You can send messages, pictures, videos, create groups, change your profile’s photo or status and do anything you do on your Smartphone. You can use this method for WhatsApp without a phone.
Basic functions of WhatsApp app for PC
Change profile photo and status
You can change your profile photo and status in three ways.
The first way – Click on your profile photo -> Click on your picture to change or remove it and click on the Pencil icon to update your status
The second way – Click on “WhatsApp” tap -> select “Profile and Status”
The third way – Click on three-dot -> You can also use the shortcut Ctrl+P to open profile and status.
Start a new chat or Make a new group
The WhatsApp desktop app is very similar to a mobile app. Click on the “WhatsApp” tab and select the New Chat/ New Group or Click on the Menu and select New Group. You can also click on the ‘+’ sign to start a new chat.
Or use the shortcut Ctrl+N
The desktop app is very similar but there is some difference. You can send an image, a video or a document, whereas in your Smartphone you can send an image, audio, video, document, location, and contact.
Log out in WhatsApp desktop App
You can log out either from the WhatsApp main tab or via Menu. Next time when you want to log in again, you have to scan your WhatsApp QR code again using your Smartphone.
Shortcuts for WhatsApp Desktop App
Copy — Ctrl+C
Paste — Ctrl+V
Cut — Ctrl+X
Undo — Ctrl+Z
Search — Ctrl+F
Redo — Ctrl+Shift+Z
Select all — Ctrl+A
Zoom in — Ctrl+Shift+=
Zoom out — Ctrl+-
Actual size — Ctrl+0 Next chat– Ctrl+Shift+]
Delete chat — Ctrl+Backspace
Archive chat — Ctrl+E
Mute — Ctrl+Shift+M
Mark as unread — Ctrl+Shift+U
Close — Alt+F4
Previous chat — Ctrl+Shift+[
Some alternative ways
The also some alternative methods to use WhatsApp on desktop or laptop. You can also use this method for WhatsApp without a phone.
You can install various apps on these virtual Android emulators. I have already written an article on how to use WhatsApp web without scanning QR code using BlueStacks.
But some people not like this type of android emulators because it is heavyweight and takes a lot of hard disk space. It also takes much time to start the application. It slows down your PC.
There are also some online Android emulators available. They provide similar kind of service as the BlueStacks and YouWave but it runs on the browser.
But there is a dedicated web version of WhatsApp already. Why use third-party services.
Do you find your answer on how to use WhatsApp on a computer without using a phone? Well, I think your answer is yes. WhatsApp itself gives you various options to use on a computer. It cares about the users and improving the tools day after day.
There is a thumb rule that you must have WhatsApp installed on your phone in order to use the web and desktop app. You have various options and choose wisely.