How to Use WhatsApp on an iPad
There is still no official WhatsApp app available in the App Store that will work on iPads. However, you can still use the network through the web interface. If you are unfamiliar with this online platform, don’t worry. We’ve created an easy step-by-step guide for you that will help you set everything up in minutes.
Use WhatsApp on an iPad
WhatsApp users who already use the app on their computer will find the guide below very familiar, as the platform used for the iPad is the same. As mentioned, there is still no app available for iPad, which means the only way to use it is through an internet browser.
The guide below will help you to sync your WhatsApp account on your iPad with the latest iPadOS. With versions prior to iPadOS 12, you’ll need to take a few extra steps. Here’s what you need to do:
- Open Safari and navigate to web.whatsapp.com. With the latest versions of iPadOS, the desktop version of WhatsApp Web will show up automatically. With previous versions, you will get an older homepage. Hold the refresh button until the “Load desktop site” option appears and tap it.
- On the main page you will find a QR code. Leave the page open and go to your phone where WhatsApp is installed.
- From the WhatsApp app on your phone, go to “Settings”.
- Tap “Linked devices”. Your camera will open.
- Scan the QR code displayed on the iPad.
- The browser page should refresh and show all of your WhatsApp activity.
And just like that, you can start using WhatsApp on your iPad. You can create an app shortcut on your home screen to quickly access WhatsApp in the future. Here’s how:
- Open WhatsApp Web in your internet browser.
- Tap the “Share” icon in the upper right corner.
- Choose “Add to Home Screen” from the displayed menu.
- Select “Add”.
You will now have a WhatsApp icon on your home screen which will immediately take you to the web version of the app.
If you use WhatsApp Business, the process will be the same. For those who haven’t heard of WhatsApp Business, it’s the version of the app that has become a hit among small businesses and start-ups. It allows you to create a complete profile with your business information, create a catalog and automatic replies, among other features.
The first time you sync your WhatsApp account, it may take some time for all messages to load, this will depend on your internet connection and how many messages you have on the app. The best part is that your account will stay logged in until you decide to log out.
Although we wholeheartedly encourage the use of official sources of applications and programs, some users may not be fans of the web version of WhatsApp and prefer to install an application. For these users, there are third-party apps available in the App Store that are worth trying. Some of the most popular are Messenger for WhatsApp, Whats Web App and Messaging for WhatsApp on iPad.
In comparison, WhatsApp’s web interface does not require the installation of external applications, which may seem to compromise the security of our devices or the information we share. Remember that WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption technology which guarantees the confidentiality of messages and files that we share with any other WhatsApp user.
Most of these apps are available for free, but keep in mind that they may not use the same technology to ensure your messages are secure. Read them carefully before downloading third-party software.
Can I use WhatsApp on an iPad without a phone?
As explained in the guide above, using WhatsApp on an iPad is only possible by scanning the QR code displayed on the main page of WhatsApp Web. For this reason, it is not possible to access your WhatsApp account on your iPad unless you have an active account on your phone. This may change once an official app is launched, but we’ll have to wait and see what WhatsApp has in store for us in future updates.
With the online version of the application, once the synchronization is complete, you will no longer need to rely on your phone to use it. However, it will need to stay connected to Wi-Fi. Otherwise, you’ll lose connection on your iPad and won’t sync your messages properly.
Is WhatsApp Web similar to the app?
Using WhatsApp on your iPad will allow you to send and receive messages, exchange media files, and even send voice notes. However, there are some limitations like when using WhatsApp from your computer. The most important thing is that you will not be able to make calls.
Another important limitation is network speed. You may notice a little lag in receiving messages and general network browsing. Considering it’s not an app, that’s completely normal. If you like fast browsing, you’ll have to keep using your phone for now.
With a stable Wi-Fi connection, WhatsApp Web can be configured to reliably forward notifications and calls. This allows you to work on a larger screen and without switching devices during projects.
WhatsApp on the iPad
If you’re wondering how to use WhatsApp on your iPad, we hope this guide was helpful. Remember that there may be some limitations on what you can and cannot do, but the main features of WhatsApp will be available and will work perfectly. With the more recent introduction of a PC app, WhatsApp may soon launch an iPad-compatible app.
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