How to Use WhatsApp on Mac / PC Without a Phone

Feb 27, 2022 - 5 Comments

Using WhatsApp on computer without phone connected

The latest versions of WhatsApp for Mac and Windows allow you to use WhatsApp on the computer without having a phone that is connected to the internet. For example, you can continue to use WhatsApp on a Mac while your iPhone is updating system software and offline during that process, or you can use WhatsApp on the computer and turn off your phone if you just want some peace and quiet. This works exactly the same with WhatsApp on Mac, Windows PC, iPhone, and Android, but of course we’ll be focusing on the Mac and iPhone side of things here.


Because WhatsApp is linked to a phone number, you will need your iPhone (or Android) to setup WhatsApp on the Mac (or PC). After that, you’re free to use WhatsApp on the computer without the phone.

How to Use WhatsApp on a Computer, Without Connecting iPhone

Here’s how you can link WhatsApp on a computer, whether your iPhone (or Android) is connected to the internet or not.

  1. Open WhatsApp on the iPhone (or Android) as usual
  2. Go to the ‘Settings’ tab
  3. Chose “Linked Devices”
  4. Tap on the ‘Multi-Device Beta’, then tap to join the beta
  5. Link Device with WhatsApp and join the beta

  6. Go back after you joined the beta, and tap on “Link a Device”
  7. Open WhatsApp on the Mac or PC and wait at the QR code screen
  8. Use WhatsApp on Mac or PC without iPhone connected

  9. Point the WhatsApp camera device link screen at the QR code shown on the computer to link the two devices and let WhatsApp login on the computer
  10. You can now use WhatsApp on the computer, with or without the phone being online or connected
  11. Using WhatsApp on computer without phone connected

Now if your iPhone (or Android, no judgments!) is offline, you can continue to use WhatsApp on the Mac (or PC, not judging!), chatting away.

This is a handy if your phone goes offline or gets disconnected for whatever reason, but you still want to message people through WhatsApp on the computer. Some common examples are if you turned your phone off, if the phone is updating system software, if the cellular network is down but wi-fi is working, or many other scenarios where the phone isn’t online but the computer is. Without this linked device feature enabled, when your iPhone is offline or not connected to the internet, WhatsApp on the computer also will not work.

While this is technically in beta it seems to work flawlessly, so use it with confidence. There is a 4 device limit with this feature at the moment, but perhaps that will change when the linked devices feature leaves beta.

What if I’m already setup with WhatsApp on the computer?

If you have already setup WhatsApp to use on the Mac you will need to re-link the WhatsApp client on Mac to your iPhone to get this working properly. You can do that by logging out of the WhatsApp Mac app by going to File menu > Log Out, then simply starting the steps above exactly as written.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Etienne says:

    Using whatsapp on an iPad would be an awsome subject for an article !

  2. Abe says:

    I don’t seem to have the “Multi Device Beta” option in Settings/Linked Devices. I just updated the app, but still no go. Not sure how to proceed.

    • John says:

      Me too Abe, what version of WhatsApp are you running? – mine is 2.2204.13
      I don’t even have Linked Devices menu item in Settings

  3. neil scott says:

    The reason we use Whatsapp on our desktops is because over here in Spain its the only messaging service that nearly everyone uses irrespective of the phone, the common denominator is sadly Whatsapp and by using it on the desktop you can type long messages.

    This current release does now finally help by allowing us to use it in offline mode.

    Would be a lot easier if we just all used Telegram.

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