WhatsApp Web: how to use and scan the QR code

WhatsApp Web is used from the browser and allows users to send messages to their contacts and enjoy the benefits of this platform from the computer.

In this article, we will explain how to scan the QR code to use WhatsApp Web , the features of the platform and some tricks that you should know about this service.


  • How to scan the WhatsApp web QR code
  • Download the desktop app
  • How to use WhatsApp web on mobile or tablet
  • Open multiple accounts on one device
  • Create Shortcut
  • Use dark mode
  • Find emojis faster
  • Disadvantages
  • Advantage
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Send files to PC
  • Frequent questions
    • How to scan the WhatsApp code?

How to scan the WhatsApp web QR code

To log in to WhatsApp Web, you must have the application installed on your mobile and perform the following steps:

Open  WhatsApp > Enter the  menu (three vertical dots) > Linked devices > Link a device . The camera will be activated, place your device on the QR code that appears in the browser to scan it.

Download the desktop app

You only have to install WhatsApp Desktop to enjoy the benefits offered by this application, which are similar to those of the Web version, although additional advantages are added, such as the option to make calls or video calls. To get this program, download from the official WhatsApp website or search for it in the team store.

How to use WhatsApp web on mobile or tablet

It is possible to use WhatsApp Web on Tablet and mobile devices in the following way:

  1. Enter WhatsApp Webfrom the Google Chrome browserhttps://web.whatsapp.com/ .
  2. Enter the menuby clicking on the three points in the upper corner.
  3. Check the “ Desktop site” option .

Once the page has loaded, it is possible to scan the QR code and log in to WhatsApp Web.

Open multiple accounts on one device

The easiest option to open a second account on the same computer is to use the incognito window . The login process is the same as the non-login page and the desktop app.

Create Shortcut

If the OS does not support the installable application, creating a shortcut to the page is a great alternative. To do this, just right-click on the desktop and select “ New > Shortcut ”. In this space, you must paste the link used to access WhatsApp web (https://web.whatsapp.com/ ).

On the other hand, it is possible to create a shortcut on mobile devices with a different procedure. To achieve this, you must open WhatsApp Web in a window, display the options menu and select the “ Add to home screen ” button.

Use dark mode

WhatsApp Web allows you to use the dark mode, to protect the user’s eyes from excess light. This option is enabled from the settings menu , in the “ Themes ” section and you can choose Light, Dark or automatically match the mode in which the System is.

Find emojis faster

If you write a word and put a colon in front of it , the web will show recommendation emojis to select and send through the chat. In this way, users can find the emojis they need much faster.


WhatsApp Web has different features and functions, compared to the official application for mobile devices. In this sense, some limitations are the following:

  • Set privacy.
  • Configure security.
  • Change phone number.

The possibility of making video calls or calls could also be mentioned . However, this disadvantage can be avoided by installing WhatsApp Desktop.


Among the advantages of using WhatsApp Web are the following:

  • Convenience of the big screentypical of the PC (compared to the mobile).
  • Send or transfer files to the computermore easily.
  • Open WhatsApp on two different computers(mobile and WhatsApp Web). Up to 4 additional teams can be used if using the Beta version.
  • Keyboard shortcuts, although these work better in the desktop app.

Keyboard shortcuts

When using WhatsApp Desktop it is possible to use different keyboard shortcuts on Windows or Mac, which are the following:

  • Ctrl/Cmd + N: New chat.
  • Ctrl/Cmd + Tab: Next chat.
  • Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + Tab: Previous chat.
  • Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + E:Archive chat.
  • Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + D:Delete chat.
  • Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + M: Mute chat.
  • Ctrl/Cmd + E: Emoji panel.
  • Ctrl/Cmd + S: Stickers Panel.
  • Ctrl/Cmd + G: GIF panel.
  • Ctrl/Cmd + P: Profile and Info.

Send files to PC

It is possible to send files from the mobile to the PC without the need for a USB connection, using this platform. This can be achieved by creating a WhatsApp group with a single member. Since it is not possible to do it directly, it will be a matter of inviting a friend and then removing them.

These are all the WhatsApp Web tricks that you should know.

Frequent questions

How to scan the WhatsApp code?

Open the app, go to the “ More options ” icon (the three dots on the top right), follow the path Paired devices > Pair device . Another way is to go to “Settings”, touch the QR icon next to your name and press “Scan code” so that it is linked to the device you want.

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