How to use WhatsApp on a PC: step-by-step (updated 2023)



WhatsApp is the most famous messenger in Brazil and the World, it has changed the way of sending messages and today nobody can be away from it for a long time.

Have you ever wondered how to use WhatsApp on a PC? In this article, you will learn how to do it today.

Learn how to use WhatsApp on a PC

There are two alternative ways to use WhatsApp on a PC: through WhatsApp Web, which will need a browser (download not necessary), and through WhatsApp software for desktops (download needed).

Knowing WhatsApp Web

WhatsApp Web is the online version to access the app on a PC, the magic happens by the QR Code technology, after pointing the cell phone to the PC, and scanning the code, WhatsApp Web “mirrors” the messages from the cell phone to the PC that you are working at.

There are some secrets ways to access  WhatsApp Web on a cell phone, but this will be a topic for another day. Now you will know how to use it on a PC.

Step 1– Accessing the website

It is necessary to access the WhatsApp Web ( from a browser. A QR Code will be shown to create the connection

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Step 2 – Get your cell phone

Select the options menu, with the cell phone in your hands, open the options menu and select “WhatsApp Web”.

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Step 3 – Point your cell phone

With the cell phone in your hands, point the cell phone to the computer to scan the QR code using the camera.

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Following this, the browser will refresh and show the WhatsApp messages on your computer. Now you will be able to use the main functions of the app from your browser, and you will know how it is to use WhatsApp on a PC.

How to use WhatsApp on a PC (Desktop)

A browser will be necessary to access WhatsApp, you will need to download the WhatsApp software to your computer.

Step 1 – Downloading

Download the app at Microsoft Store (Windows), App Store (Apple), or file .exe or .dmg from the WhatsApp website, through the link ( ).

Obs.: WhatsApp for computer (desktop) runs only on the computer with the following operational systems: Windows 8.1 or higher, and macOS 10.10 or higher.

If you are using another operating system lower than those, you can use WhatsApp Web on your browser.

Step 2 – Run the file

As soon as the download is concluded, run the file .exe or .dmg and follow the installation steps.

Step 3 – Get your cell phone

On your cell phone, select options on WhatsApp. After that, using your cell phone in your hands, open the options menu and then select: “WhatsApp Web”.

Step 4 – Point your cell phone to the PC

The software will show a QR Code, and it will request you to scan it, to have the WhatsApp activated. Scan the QR Code that will appear in the desktop software, and it’s done. You can send and receive messages. Now you know how to use WhatsApp on a PC.

Learn how to use WhatsApp only with the number

If you don’t want to access the desktop WhatsApp, nor by the browser, there is a way (non-official), that you can access WhatsApp only with the number.

You will need an Android emulator compatible with Windows. An emulator is a software that simulates the experience in running an Android system, or other apps created for it, inside of another computer system.

Even though it is not necessary a cell phone during use, it will be necessary a smartphone with a SIM card to activate WhatsApp. Find out now how to log in to WhatsApp on a PC only using the phone number.


●  Access,, or, download and install the emulator;

●  Run the installer file and log in using your Google account;

●  In the emulator, run the app from Play Store;

●  Search for “WhatsApp Messenger” and install the app;

●  Click on WhatsApp and log in with the number that you use on your WhatsApp;

●  You will receive an activation code via SMS, type the code inside of the emulator;

●      Keep the backup files (if available) and enter the security code (if available).

Obs.: Once WhatsApp is active via emulator, you can’t access the same account on your cell phone.

How to use WhatsApp with a landline number

Accessing WhatsApp with a landline number you will need to use the WhatsApp Business version. The process is the same to install the non-commercial WhatsApp.

Step 1 – Download the app on your app store

Download WhatsApp Business through Google Play Store or App Store and confirm your commercial number.

Step 2 – Place the landline number in the field

When placing the landline number, WhatsApp will try to send an SMS to the landline number, wait until the count of the item “call me” ends, and click on the “call me” option.

Step 3 – Type the code on the App

WhatsApp Business will call the landline number, informing the activation code, type the 6 numbers code in the field. Fill out your account information and use WhatsApp Business as much as you like.

How to use WhatsApp with the cell phone off

There is no official way to use WhatsApp Web when the cell phone is off because it’s necessary to have an Internet connection and enough battery to use WhatsApp Web.

However, it’s possible to use WhatsApp with an emulator, on the other hand, you will need to use the SIM card on some device to have this activation. The step-by-step to use the emulator is in the text above.

Now that you learned different ways to used WhatsApp on a PC, you won’t need to stay on your cell phone all the time. If you need more content about WhatsApp, remember to access

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