In this article:
- What's WhatsApp Web?
- How to use WhatsApp Web with the business app in your browser
- How to use WhatsApp Desktop for Windows
- How to use WhatsApp business as a desktop app for Mac
- What are the differences between WhatsApp Web and Desktop?
- What are the limitations of WhatsApp Web?
- How to use WhatsApp Web with the official Business Platform
- Use WhatsApp Business professionally with Sinch Engage!
WhatsApp Business is a great way for small businesses to stay in touch with their customers. However, typing messages all day on your smartphone can get pretty tiring. Luckily, there are ways to use WhatsApp on your PC as well. In this guide, we'll explain everything you need to know about using WhatsApp Web for your business.
The WhatsApp Business app is a handy solution for small businesses that want to reach their customers on the most popular messenger app in the world. It's free, it offers your business a verified account, text templates, and you can post business details, such as your opening hours, and your product catalog.
Normally, you set up WhatsApp Business on a phone. However, it can get pretty tedious to send and answer messages on a smartphone all day — especially if you also have to go back and forth between your phone and PC to compare customer data, or look up product information. This is where WhatsApp Web comes in.
It allows you to use your WhatsApp Business app on your PC through a browser or desktop application. In this guide, we'll walk you through everything you need to know about using WhatsApp Web for your business on your computer.
⚠️ Important! With the WhatsApp Business app, GDPR compliance and data protection are not guaranteed! Only the official WhatsApp Business Platform (API) can guarantee that.
What's WhatsApp Web?
There are two ways for using the regular WhatsApp Business app on your computer: a browser-based app, and a desktop application. According to WhatsApp:
WhatsApp Web and Desktop are computer-based extensions of the WhatsApp account on your phone. The messages you send and receive are synced between your phone and computer, and you can see your messages on both devices.
WhatsApp rolled out its web client in 2015, first only for Android, Windows and Blackberry, then also for iOS. The web client syncs your conversations in real time, so you can read and reply to them on your smartphone and in your browser.
How safe is the web client?
Since its introduction in 2015, Meta has rolled out several safety layers for WhatsApp's web client. For years, the web conversations have been end-to-end encrypted.
However, there are certain security threats in a user's browser that app developers can't control, unlike on a mobile app. Therefore, most recently, in March 2022, the browser version of WhatsApp Web was upgraded with the Code Verify security feature. It offers an independent, third-party, transparent code verification.
That means that if you use Code Verify, the extension automatically compares the code that runs on WhatsApp Web in your browser against WhatsApp's code version. If there are any red flags, Code Verify notifies users about suspicious activity.
How to use WhatsApp Web with the business app in your browser
Just like with your private WhatsApp messenger app, you can also use the WhatsApp Business app in your browser. Especially, when you have to write multiple messages a day, and look up information on your PC at the same time, it's much more convenient to use WhatsApp Web with the Business app.
Setting it up is easy.
- Make sure you have the latest update of the WhatsApp Business app on your phone.
- Open up your internet browser. WhatsApp Web supports all major browsers, like Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, and Opera.
- Go to the URL: https://web.whatsapp.com/. A QR code will appear.
- Now open WhatsApp Business on your smartphone. On an iPhone, go to your settings. If you have an Android device, select the three menu points (top right corner).
- Choose the option "add device". This will activate the QR scanner on your phone.
- Scan the QR code in your browser with your phone.
Now, your devices are synced, and you can use WhatsApp Web for your business app in your browser. Keep in mind though that you can only have one browser tab open at the same time. If you prefer running WhatsApp Business on your PC, you can download the WhatsApp Desktop application.