February 18, 2024
What is WhatsApp web? - A Preview by Nadia Nawaz
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What is WhatsApp web? – A Preview by Nadia Nawaz

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What is WhatsApp web? – A Preview by Nadia Nawaz


There are two methods to access WhatsApp on your computer:

  1. WhatsApp Web: This is a browser-based version of WhatsApp that allows you to use the messaging platform through your web browser.
  2. WhatsApp Desktop: This involves downloading and installing a dedicated application on your computer, providing a standalone experience for using WhatsApp on your desktop.

To sign out of WhatsApp on the web or desktop, follow these steps:
To log out of all devices from your primary phone or log out directly from companion devices such as WhatsApp Web, WhatsApp Desktop, companion phones, computers, Android tablets, or Portal, follow these steps:


Log out from your computer:
  1. Open WhatsApp Web or WhatsApp Desktop.
  2. Click on the Menu (often represented by more options or a menu icon) located above your chats list.
  3. Navigate to Settings.
  4. Select Log

To download WhatsApp:

  1. Visit the Google Play Store.
  2. Search for “WhatsApp Messenger.”
  3. Tap on the “INSTALL” button to initiate the download.
  4. Open WhatsApp and proceed to the next screen by accepting the Terms of Service.
  5. Register your phone number.
  6. If a backup of your chat history is found and you wish to restore it, select the “Restore” option. More information on restoring chat history can be found here.
  7. Enter your name. You can modify this later in WhatsApp by tapping More options (represented by three dots) > Settings, and then selecting your profile name.

To uninstall WhatsApp:

  1. Before uninstalling, use the Chat Backup feature to safeguard your messages.
  2. Navigate to your device’s Settings.
  3. Tap on “Apps & notifications.”
  4. Locate and select “WhatsApp.”
  5. Click on “Uninstall” to remove the app along with all of its associated data.
About supported operating systems on desktop

For Windows Users:

The WhatsApp desktop application for Windows is compatible with Windows 10, version 1903 or later, in a 64-bit system.
If your current Windows version is outdated, it is necessary to update your operating system before installing WhatsApp for Windows. Alternatively, you can utilize WhatsApp Web through your browser.
To determine your Windows operating system version, please refer to the Microsoft help center by clicking here. The provided instructions will guide you in checking your current Windows version.

About supported operating systems

We currently offer support for and recommend using the following devices:
• Android devices running OS 5.0 and newer
• iPhones running iOS 12 and newer
• KaiOS 2.5.0 and newer, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2
Once you possess one of these devices, proceed to install WhatsApp and register your phone number. Please note that your phone must be capable of receiving SMS or calls during the verification process. Setting up new accounts on WiFi-only devices is not supported.
Our selection of supported devices and operating systems is subject to regular review due to the evolving nature of devices and software. Annually, we assess older devices with fewer users, which may lack the latest security updates or the necessary functionality to run WhatsApp.
In the event that your operating system is no longer supported, you will receive notifications within WhatsApp, along with reminders to upgrade. We will consistently update this page to ensure the inclusion of the latest operating systems that we support.

Android Device Support:

We offer support for Android devices that meet the following criteria:
• Your Android phone is running OS 5.0 (Lollipop) and newer.
• Your Android phone has the capability to receive SMS or calls during the verification process.
For details on our selection process for supported operating systems and what happens if your device is no longer supported, please refer to this page.
In our commitment to staying at the forefront of technological advancements, we periodically cease support for older operating systems. This allows us to allocate resources effectively towards supporting the latest technologies.
If support for your operating system is discontinued, you will receive notifications prompting you to upgrade your device in order to continue using WhatsApp. Regular updates to this page will ensure that the latest supported Android version is always documented.

Finding More Options on Android Phones:

On the majority of Android phones, you’ll locate the “More options” icon either at the top of your chats list, within a specific chat, or within a group conversation.

Updating WhatsApp:

We strongly recommend using the latest version of WhatsApp to benefit from new features and bug fixes.
Note: When registering your phone number, ensure you are using the most recent version of WhatsApp to avoid registration issues.
Before initiating the update, it’s advisable to back up your chats. Learn how to safeguard your chat history.
To Update WhatsApp:

  1. Open the Google Play Store.
  2. Search for “WhatsApp Messenger.”
  3. Locate the app and tap on “Update.”
New WhatsApp Desktop Apps for Windows and Mac:

We are pleased to announce the availability of the new WhatsApp Desktop apps for both Windows and Mac platforms.
What’s Changing?
WhatsApp Desktop users have previously utilized our web-based desktop app (WhatsApp Desktop) or the browser-based app (WhatsApp Web). In an effort to enhance the user experience, we are now introducing native apps specifically designed for Windows and Mac operating systems.
Advantages of Native Apps:
• Increased reliability and speed.
• Tailored and optimized for your desktop operating system.
• Continued receipt of notifications and messages even when your phone is offline.


For Windows Users:
Download the new WhatsApp Desktop app for Windows here. Once downloaded and installed, follow these steps to log in:

  1. Open WhatsApp on your phone.
  2. Tap “more options” on Android or “Settings” on iPhone.
  3. Select “Linked Devices.”
  4. Point your phone camera to the QR code displayed on your WhatsApp Desktop app.
    For Mac Users:
    Download the new WhatsApp Desktop App for macOS here. Once downloaded and installed, follow these steps to log in:
  5. Open WhatsApp on your phone.
  6. Tap “more options” on Android or “Settings” on iPhone.
  7. Choose “Linked Devices.”
  8. Use your phone camera to scan the QR code visible on your WhatsApp Desktop app.
Two methods for using WhatsApp on your computer:
  1. WhatsApp Web: This is a browser-based application for WhatsApp, allowing you to access your account through a web browser.
  2. WhatsApp Desktop: This is a downloadable application for your computer that provides a standalone platform for using WhatsApp.
    Both WhatsApp Web and Desktop serve as extensions of your WhatsApp account on your phone. Messages sent and received are synchronized between your phone and computer, ensuring that you can view them on both devices.
Changing WhatsApp Language:

WhatsApp offers language support in over 40 languages on iPhone and up to 60 on Android. The app aligns with the language settings on your phone. For instance, if you adjust your phone’s language to Spanish, WhatsApp will also switch to Spanish.
Change Your Phone’s Language:
• Android: Navigate to your phone’s Settings > Language. Choose a language.
• iPhone: Go to phone settings > General > Language & Region > Add Language. Select a language and set it as the primary language.
• KaiOS: Access Settings on the apps menu > scroll to the side to select Personalization > scroll down and press Language > press Language > choose your desired language > press OK or SELECT.

Option available in supported countries:
For Android users, changing WhatsApp’s language might be achievable from within the app. You can either set your language preference during the initial Welcome screen or, if you’re already using WhatsApp:
• Tap more options > Settings > Chats > App Language.
• Choose the language you prefer.
If you don’t find these options, they may not be supported in your country.

Regarding Rooted Phones and Custom ROMs:

WhatsApp does not provide support for custom ROMs and rooted phones. The vast array of customizations in these scenarios makes it challenging for us to ensure a consistent and reliable user experience. Additionally, custom ROMs and rooting compromise the intended security model of WhatsApp. In such cases, the end-to-end encryption may not function as designed, and there is a risk that other applications could potentially access your messages.
For an optimal WhatsApp experience, we recommend using a stock ROM and removing the root. If you are unsure about how to unroot your device, please contact your phone’s manufacturer for specific instructions. This will help ensure the security and functionality of WhatsApp on your device.

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Nadia Nawaz - a new journo in digital journalism covers stories, reports/articles from Pakistan. Nadia writes on various topics, include Politics, Economy,Sports and finance. she further holds a high head in field of graphic designing. Nadia can be reached on nadia@vomnews.in

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