How to use WhatsApp Web on an iPad

It’s happened all too often. I’d be relaxing in bed, browsing the net on my iPad when across the room, lying on the desk, a WhatsApp message notification sounds from my iPhone. Now do I really want to get up and make the long and arduous journey to retrieve my phone? Wouldn’t it be so much better if I could just respond to the message right on my iPad? #lazyproblems

It actually is possible, using the WhatsApp web service.

Although not entirely intended for the iPad Safari browser, there is a workaround. Before showing you how, note that there are a few limitations to using WhatsApp on a tablet. For example sending voice notes is not available (however you can play them) and also you won’t receive any pop up notifications on the iPad about new messages as iOS does not support browser notifications.

Other than that, it’s a very useful feature and great alternative for WhatsApp messaging. Here’s how to use it:

1. Using Safari on your iPad go to http://web.whatsapp.com  You’ll see that it loads the WhatsApp homepage and not the Web interface.

2. To force the Desktop version of the site, tap on the address bar at the top of the screen. The Favourites drawer will slide out. Swipe down on the list of bookmarked favourites. An option to “Request Desktop Site” will appear. Once tapping that the page will reload and display the WhatsApp QR code, ready for scanning with your phone.

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3. On your phone, open WhatsApp and head to settings> WhatsApp Web and scan the code. This will pair your devices and enable access to your messages on the iPad.

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It’s that simple. Now theres no need to leave the bed

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