How to Use WhatsApp on iPad
WhatsApp is an extremely popular messaging client for users on just about any platform, so if you’re interested in using WhatsApp on iPad you’re certainly not alone. While WhatsApp is actively working on a native client for iPad that isn’t available yet, you can still use WhatsApp on iPad easily.
Setting up WhatsApp on iPad is a matter of linking your WhatsApp number to the web client running on iPad, which may sound complicated but it’s actually quite simple.
Read along to learn how this works, and in no time you’ll be using WhatsApp messenger on iPad.
How to Get WhatsApp on iPad Right Now
Here’s how you can link WhatsApp on iPad to your WhatsApp phone number and app:
- First, pick up the iPhone (or Android) that is already setup to be using WhatsApp
- Tap on the WhatsApp “Settings” tab
- Go to “Linked Devices”
- Tap on the ‘Multi-Device Beta’ option, then tap to join the beta (this is technically optional but provides a better WhatsApp experience)
- Now go back and choose “Link a Device” on the WhatsApp iPhone app
- Next from the iPad that you want to use WhatsApp on, open Safari and go to http://web.whatsapp.com/
- Scan the QR code shown on the screen using the iPhone WhatsApp app to immediately configure WhatsApp in Safari on iPad
- Use WhatsApp on iPad through Safari as usual, full messaging and calling capabilities are available
- Optionally, bookmark WhatsApp web on the iPad into Safari, or add it to Home Screen for quick access
There you go, nice and easy. Now you can use WhatsApp from your iPad any time.
If you went ahead with the multi-device beta, you’ll have an even better experience because the WhatsApp web client will sync regardless of whether or not your iPhone with WhatsApp is online or available – meaning you can turn off the iPhone, install updates on iPhone requiring reboots, or it can lose battery or be in AirPlane mode, and you’ll still have a functional WhatsApp on iPad.
This same approach can use WhatsApp on basically anything that doesn’t have a native client, as long as it has a modern web browser.
For what it’s worth, the QR code scanning approach is how you setup WhatsApp with other devices, including using WhatsApp on Mac and Windows, and will likely be the case with the official Whatsapp iPad app too.
Eventually a full fledged WhatsApp for iPad app will become available, though it’s seemingly taking a while for Meta / FaceBook / WhatsApp to get there, at least to the impatient iPad users who want the native messaging experience in an app form. Until then, use this web trick, it works!
Don’t forget to check out more WhatsApp tips and tricks if you’re a heavy user of the app.