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If you frequently use WhatsApp, you’ve probably heard of its web client and desktop version and are thinking of using them. But how are WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp Desktop App different from each other? And which one should you use? We’ve created this guide to help you answer these questions and choose the right program to use.

What is WhatsApp Web?

WhatsApp Web is the web client of the popular messaging service. Introduced in January 2015, it opens in your web browser and acts as an extension of your phone. Basically, it mirrors your mobile device, so all the messages and conversations that are stored in your mobile WhatsApp application will also be reflected in WhatsApp Web.

What is WhatsApp Desktop App?

WhatsApp Desktop App was introduced in May 2016 and is the desktop version of the mobile WhatsApp application. It’s similar to WhatsApp Web in that it’s designed to be an extension of your mobile device and reflects the WhatsApp messages and conversation that you have in your phone. What makes it different is that you need to download WhatsApp Desktop App instead of opening it in your computer’s web browser.

Why should you use them?

“Why should I use these programs when I got WhatsApp in my phone?” you might wonder. Well, WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp Desktop App are created to let you chat with your friends on WhatsApp on your PC or Mac — even while your phone stays in your pocket. It’s a great thing to have if you work in an office that doesn’t allow you to use your phone during work hours. It’s also useful if you’re working on a project that’s almost due; since you can communicate with coworkers without having to pull up your phone, you can focus on what you’re doing and get your project done ASAP.

How can you use them?

To use WhatsApp Web, go to on your web browser. You’ll see a QR code on the page; open WhatsApp on your mobile phone and use it to scan the QR code. Doing this allows you to pair your phone with your desktop computer and use WhatsApp Web. Once they’re paired, you can go ahead and use the web client.

To use WhatsApp Desktop App, go to to download the application. Take note that’s compatible with PCs that are running on Windows 8 and higher (both 32-bit and 64-bit versions) as well as with Mac computers running Mac OS X 10.9 and higher. Once the app has been installed, open it and look for a QR code. Scan it using the WhatsApp application in your phone to connect your phone with your computer and start using WhatsApp Desktop App.

Your phone has to be on and connected on the internet before you can use WhatsApp Web or WhatsApp Desktop App.

Which is better?

Both programs have similar capabilities; in fact, many people have noticed that the WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp Desktop App have basically the same features and functions. However, WhatsApp Desktop App is slightly better; since it’s a native desktop application, it provides you with more support in terms of desktop notifications and keyboard shortcuts. Since it’s separate from your web browser, you don’t have to log back in to WhatsApp every time you close Firefox or Google Chrome.