WhatsApp Business for desktop: a how-to guide

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May 25, 2021

If you regularly use WhatsApp Business to talk to customers, you’d probably also be interested in using it on your PC. Because constantly going back and forth between your phone and laptop is inefficient and quite frankly just annoying.

In this article, I’ll quickly walk you through various ways you can use WhatsApp Business on a desktop:

  1. How to use WhatsApp Business in your browser
  2. How to use WhatsApp Business via the desktop app (Mac)
  3. How to use WhatsApp Business via the desktop app (Windows)
  4. How to use WhatsApp Business via a Chrome extension
  5. How to use WhatsApp Business via the WhatsApp Business API

1. How to use WhatsApp Business in your browser

The quickest way to get up and running is by using WhatsApp Business in your browser. This simply opens WhatsApp in a tab. WhatsApp Business can be used in various browsers, such as Google Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. However, you can only have one WhatsApp Web browser tab open at the same time.

Set-up:

  1. First, head over to https://web.whatsapp.com/
  2. Next, open your WhatsApp application on your phone
  3. Go to settings and press ‘WhatsApp Web/Desktop’
  4. Use your phone to scan the QR code on your desktop screen
  5. You can now use WhatsApp Business in your browser

2. How to use WhatsApp Business via the desktop app (Mac)

You can also use WhatsApp Business on your Mac by using the native desktop app. Note: there isn’t a specific desktop app for WhatsApp Business, this is the same app that you can use for your private account. This means that if you’re already using the WhatsApp desktop app for your private account, this isn’t the best solution for you.

Set-up:

  1. Go to the AppStore
  2. Next, search for ‘WhatsApp Desktop’
  3. Download and install the desktop app.
  4. Open your WhatsApp application on your phone
  5. Go to settings and press ‘WhatsApp Web/Desktop’
  6. Use your phone to scan the QR code on your desktop screen
  7. You can now use the WhatsApp Business desktop app

3. How to use WhatsApp Business via the desktop app (Windows)

If you’re using a Windows computer, you can also use the desktop app. Setting it up is just as easy as on a Mac.

Set-up:

  1. Go to the Microsoft Store
  2. Go to ‘search’ and type in ‘WhatsApp Desktop’
  3. Click ‘Get’ to download the app
  4. Install the app on your computer
  5. Open your WhatsApp application on your phone
  6. Go to settings and press ‘WhatsApp Web/Desktop’
  7. Use your phone to scan the QR code on your desktop screen
  8. You can now use the WhatsApp Business desktop app

4. How to use WhatsApp Business via a Chrome extension

If you use a Google Chrome browser, you can also decide to go for the extension WhatsChrome. You can use this tool to run your WhatsApp Business or private WhatsApp on your desktop. Installing this extension is done within minutes.

Set-up

  1. First, head over to https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/whatschrome
  2. Click on ‘add to Chrome’
  3. Open your WhatsApp application on your phone
  4. Go to settings and press ‘WhatsApp Web/Desktop’
  5. Use your phone to scan the QR code on your desktop screen
  6. You can now use WhatsApp Business on your desktop

5. How to use WhatsApp Business the WhatsApp Business API

Both the WhatsApp Business application and the options to use WhatsApp Business on your phone work perfectly fine for small businesses. If you run a company with one or two people, you probably won’t get too many messages anyway. But when the volume of messages on WhatsApp increases and your team grows, you may need to start using the WhatsApp Business API.

The WhatsApp Business API allows you to use WhatsApp with a team and on multiple devices. It was created so that larger companies can manage WhatsApp Business conversations in an efficient way.

The API doesn’t come with an interface, so you have to use it via a customer service platform like Trengo. Once you have signed up for Trengo, you can simply sign up for the API from within the platform.

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As you can see, there are various ways to use WhatsApp Business on your computer. Simply pick the one that works best for you. Did I miss any options? Don’t hesitate to shoot me a message and I’ll add it to the blog.

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