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Getting bought by Facebook hasn’t done anything to harm WhatsApp’s popularity. The instant messaging client has more than 600 million active users now, and over 65% of our readers rely on it Do You Use WhatsApp? [MakeUseOf Poll] Do You Use WhatsApp? [MakeUseOf Poll] Are you using WhatsApp for your chats? Or maybe you used to and stopped following the acquisition? Scroll down and vote, it only takes a second! Read More . But it still doesn’t have a client for your computer.

If you go to the official WhatsApp forum, you’ll see a request for a desktop client almost every week. But the company seems to have no interest in this. So it’s up to third-party developers to come up with a solution. And the best one so far has to be WhatsRemote.

The Problem With “WhatsApp on PC” Apps

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Yes, you can run WhatsApp and other mobile messaging apps on your Mac or Windows PC How To Run WhatsApp & Other Mobile Messaging Apps On Your PC How To Run WhatsApp & Other Mobile Messaging Apps On Your PC Most mobile messaging apps don't offer a desktop client or web interface and not even a Windows 8 app. We show you a workaround for running the Android versions on your Windows or Mac computer. Read More . In fact, you can also run it on Ubuntu How To Run WhatsApp In Ubuntu Using Genymotion, Bluestacks & More How To Run WhatsApp In Ubuntu Using Genymotion, Bluestacks & More On Windows, it is possible to run Whatsapp using an Android emulator like Bluestacks, but Bluestacks isn't available on Linux yet. However, there are ways to run WhatsApp and other Android apps in Linux. Read More . But these solutions require you to use BlueStacks, an Android emulator. You are basically creating a new WhatsApp account here. You can’t use WhatsApp on your phone and have those messages synced to WhatsApp on your PC. That’s just pointless for most users — why would you want to have two different WhatsApp accounts to talk to the same people?

WhatsApp is a must-have on your Android phone (read our WhatsApp for Android review Better Than Text Messages & Free - WhatsApp For Android Reviewed Better Than Text Messages & Free - WhatsApp For Android Reviewed A moment of introspection, please: What do you do more often - call people using your phone, or text them? I would bet it's the latter. For many people, texting is more convenient than calling.... Read More ), but several of its competitors offer desktop or web clients 4 Slick WhatsApp Alternatives that Guard Your Privacy 4 Slick WhatsApp Alternatives that Guard Your Privacy Facebook bought WhatsApp. Now that we're over the shock of that news, are you worried about your data privacy? Read More , which let you chat with a regular keyboard. As someone who uses WhatsApp on a daily basis, I can vouch that this is the one feature I want more than any other. The closest thing you can get is WhatsRemote.

What Is WhatsRemote and How Do You Use It?

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WhatsRemote is a web-based WhatsApp client. You install the WhatsRemote Android app on your phone, sign in with your Google account, and then go to the web app. The Google login should be safe, but WhatsApp’s various privacy issues Everything You Need To Know About Your WhatsApp Privacy Settings Everything You Need To Know About Your WhatsApp Privacy Settings Read More aren’t going anywhere.

Important: WhatsRemote works only with rooted phones. If you don’t have a rooted phone, don’t worry, it’s easy to root any phone with our guide Take Control: Android Rooting Guide Take Control: Android Rooting Guide As of the writing of this guide, approximately 80% of the world's population owns their own cellphone. Out of those, 1.08 billion are smartphones. Read More .

The app is nothing great to look at, and in fact, the font can be a little hard to read on Windows (it looks better on Mac). Still, it gets the job done. You have your entire list of current conversations on the left. Click any and it opens up a small tiled window, where you can see your chat and use the keyboard to start typing — complete with emojis. How many tiled windows you can open depends on the width of your screen.

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WhatsRemote can give you desktop notifications when you receive a new message, or issue a sound alert. The notifications are quite useful, showing you the message itself, not just that you have one.

Generally, the app works pretty well and is useful.

The Shortcomings of WhatsRemote

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WhatsRemote still has some major problems which it needs to resolve.

  1. WhatsRemote is a paid service, which feels disingenuous and kind of like being ripped off when WhatsApp itself is free. Sure, it costs almost nothing (approximately $1.5 for 6 months), but it does feel weird. You can try the app for three days before purchasing the subscription.
  2. You can’t start a conversation with a new contact, or start a new group. For that, you’ll need to rely on your phone.
  3. WhatsRemote does not show you media inline. Instead, you get links, which you open in a new tab.
  4. By default, what you see on WhatsRemote is not marked as read in the WhatsApp app on your phone. So if you want to let your friends know you’ve seen their messages, open the WhatsRemote Android app and tap the “mark all read” button.

Another Alternative to WhatsRemote

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WhatsRemote gets the job done and is still the best desktop client for WhatsApp, but before you fork over your cash, you might want to try AirDroid 3, the best desktop client for Android overall How Do I Manage My Android From My PC? Meet AirDroid 3 How Do I Manage My Android From My PC? Meet AirDroid 3 For a seamless connection between your Android and your PC or Mac, you've got to try AirDroid 3. You can even mirror your device's screen to your computer! Read More .

Again, this doesn’t sync your phone with your PC, but instead, it mirrors your phone’s screen on your computer. So you are basically “seeing” your phone on your computer, and you can thus open up WhatsApp and talk in that with your keyboard. Not the best alternative, but worth a try.

Get WhatsRemote

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The installation is simple. You’ll need to download the Android app, log in, and just go to the website.

Download: WhatsRemote For Android (Free)

Visit: WhatsRemote

Update: Try WhatsCloud!

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After a few readers recommended it, we checked out WhatsCloud and we’re quite impressed. WhatsCloud needs a rooted Android phone, just like WhatsRemote, but it has a few other differences.

  1. WhatsCloud looks far better than WhatsRemote and feels like a modern, web-based WhatsApp interface.
  2. However, you don’t have the multi-window view of WhatsRemote, which power users might find more useful.
  3. It supports in-line media previews
  4. WhatsCloud is completely free.
  5. It supports desktop notifications, but it only tells you that you have a message — the notification does not preview the message itself.
  6. WhatsCloud’s sync was not as good as WhatsRemote. On a couple of occasions, messages we sent from WhatsCloud were stuck in limbo; receiving new messages has always worked flawlessly, though.

We would recommend giving WhatsCloud a try, whether you like WhatsRemote or not. It’s free and the setup is almost exactly the same. So try it out and see which of the two apps you prefer.

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Update: Official Client Now Available

WhatsApp has now launched WhatsApp Web, which does the same things as these, but better and more efficiently. Here’s everything you need to know about WhatsApp Web WhatsApp Web: Everything You Need To Know WhatsApp Web: Everything You Need To Know Along with supporting all mobile platforms, WhatsApp has now launched a web-based client, so you can finally use WhatsApp on your PC and sync with your phone. Read More

What Is Your Most-Wanted WhatsApp Feature?

It’s pretty clear that what I want most from WhatsApp is an official desktop client to sync my chats everywhere and use it on any platform with my keyboard. But maybe that’s just me. What is your most-wanted WhatsApp feature?

Image credits: dchest, AirDroid

  1. jayjayosinachi
    August 3, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    am having difficulty using the whatsapp i downloaded on my pc cos it is displaying use whatsapp on your phone to scan the code, plss what should i do?

  2. jayjayosinachi
    August 3, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    am having difficulty using the whatsapp i downloaded on my pc cos it is show or displaying use whatsapp on your phone to scan the code, plss what should i do?

  3. Judith
    April 10, 2015 at 9:55 am

    My soon to be ex partner has installed the desktop version on his pc and is receiving copies of my watsapp messages there. How can I stop this when I don't have access to his computer? If I simply delete my watsapp account and re initiate it later.. will this work? Or do I have to change my number also?

    Thanks

  4. kl
    March 21, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    All about droids (crap?) How to use whatsapp on a windows pc

  5. itechaleart
    January 24, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Better to use whatsapp on pc, i prefer go with hangout.. its too good for cross platform for any device. Thank you.

    • Ariel Krisspel
      December 4, 2015 at 10:07 am

      thanks mate.

    • Ariel Krisspel
      December 4, 2015 at 10:09 am

      apple?

  6. Liz
    January 20, 2015 at 9:45 am

    I found it was easier to use Hangouts, does the same thing and accross all android and pc platforms, n ot sure but I think you can get it on Apple as well. Also you can still keep whatsapp on phone for those friends who refuse to change.

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 27, 2015 at 9:42 am

      I don't think it's a question of "A is better than B" when it comes to chat apps. It's a matter of where your friends are. If your friends are using WhatsApp, you'll end up using it too. If they're using Hangouts, that's where you'll be.

  7. Avishek
    January 20, 2015 at 6:55 am

    Neither of the two - Whatscloud and Whatsremote -seem to be working as of now

  8. Joel
    January 10, 2015 at 5:48 am

    It seems ridiculous that you can't be on a PC and instant message your friends on What's App?!! I'll just continue to use Googlevoice, it works with everything and it logs all of your chat conversations and even gives you a keyword search to let you go back and find anything you said in the past or was said to you. I don't see why apps like WhatsApp or WeChat are doing that haven't been done since AOL Instant Messenger and ICQ. Old tech.

  9. Dipak Patel
    January 8, 2015 at 4:40 am

    Your article is superb with brief detail of Whatsapp in pc. I try bluestacks in my pc many times but it didn't run properly.

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 27, 2015 at 9:38 am

      Thanks Dipak. Bluestacks lets you set up a whole new account, not a synced account, so maybe that's the problem you had with it.

  10. Frostem
    January 3, 2015 at 3:58 am

    I too wanted to use whatsapp on PC... But all this android emulators and these applications, they don't work as expected. One time it is working and the next time you're searching google for some error code... Nowadays i am using VMware to run whatsapp. I must say its a goodway to run whatsapp without breaking your system and without installing these complicated softwares.

    • GB
      January 4, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      Hahahaaaa @searching Google for some error code! Can relate to thatt

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 5, 2015 at 9:26 am

      I haven't faced a problem with WhatsRemote and WhatsCloud so far. Might want to give them a shot before writing them off :)

  11. Michail Drakomathioulakis
    January 3, 2015 at 2:34 am

    Talking about popularity, Viber is quite popular here in Cyprus and it does have a desktop client (both for PC and Mac).
    I don't have figures, but I have both Viber and WhatsApp installed on my iPhone and I certainly use the first one far more than the second one.

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 5, 2015 at 9:27 am

      If more people in your circle of contacts use Viber, that's great! I really wish there were more people in my circle who used an IM app with a desktop/web client. Or that WhatsApp just built one themselves.

  12. Nr
    January 2, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Pushbullet and chrome it's all you will. need

  13. Henry
    January 2, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Try PushBullet, free.

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 5, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Naah, Pushbullet doesn't work as well as these alternatives here. I have Pushbullet with the Whatsapp quick-reply feature, but it's definitely not as good as any of these solutions.

  14. Sarit
    January 2, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    I've actually found WhatsCloud the best around- https://whatscloud.io

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 5, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Trying it out, and I'm impressed! I'll be updating this article soon, thanks for the recommendation!

  15. Anoop Sudhakaran
    January 2, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I wouldn't advice using a third party application with your existing IM applications. Unless you have a way to inspect their code, flow of information to make sure they are not being logged.

    I am sure you must be aware of the Snapsave situation.

    The best way to use WhatsApp on PC is via AirDroid.

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 5, 2015 at 9:26 am

      I like AirDroid, but this is an altogether different way of doing it. I do agree about your privacy concerns, but it's just a chance I'm willing to take here. There's no sensitive info on my WhatsApp conversations :)

  16. Fik of borg
    January 2, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    My most-wanted WhatsApp feature?
    Multiplatform with cloud sync, begin chatting in my phone, continue on my tablet and end on my desktop.
    That is, turn into Hangouts.

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 2, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      +1 on that, my friend.

  17. Luis Gonzalez
    January 2, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Another alternative is WhatsCloud. It does a better job and is totally free; you can even see attachment inline, except for voice messages. They work hard on bringin new features.

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 2, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation, I'll check it out!

  18. Nobruca
    January 2, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    And go through all that trouble? Just switch to Telegram: free mobile apps, Win/Mac/Linux clients and web version.

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 2, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      When it comes to IM and social networks, it's not about "which is the best app", it's all about "Which is the most used app?" If all your friends are using Whatsapp, you will end up using that too. It doesn't matter whether Telegram offers more features or not.

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