WhatsApp is a particularly popular instant messaging app. Every day, it connects more than a billion people around the world. It allows you to send messages, share photos, videos, and make audio and video calls… And all this via Wi-Fi or your internet data.
In this tutorial, we show you how to access WhatsApp on your iPad and iPod Touch through WhatsApp Web
Be aware that there is no official WhatsApp app for iPad, but there is an alternative! Check it out below.
Use WhatsApp on an iPad with WhatsApp Web
WhatsApp is not a native app, i.e. it was not created for use on iPad. To get around this, you can go through the WhatsApp Web service that connects to your account already installed on your iOS.
Your messages, photos, and videos will then be uploaded to your iPad and will have the option to send and receive them.
To use WhatsApp on your iPad via WhatsApp Web, you’ll need to go through Safari:
- Open Safari from your Apple tablet and visit WhatsApp Web. You’ll see that this doesn’t send you back to the WhatsApp Web interface but to the WhatsApp homepage.
- At the top of the screen, tap the square icon with the arrow that appears next to the URL bar. Two rows appear, scroll the second, and select Desktop Version of the site.
The page will reload and display the WhatsApp Web interface in the form of a QR code. It is a two-dimensional barcode whose data relating to an application for example is to be decoded with a smartphone.
- On your iPhone, go to your WhatsApp app – Settings – WhatsApp Web/Desktop, then scan the QR code to pair your account with your iPad.
- Back on your iPhone, the WhatsApp page loads and displays all your most recent messages and files.
WhatsApp Web, an imperfect solution
There are two main drawbacks to this technique. The first is that you won’t be able to send voice messages because Safari is not officially compatible with WhatsApp.
The second is that unlike using Mac or PC, notifications from web browsers don’t work on iOS. As a result, you will not receive notifications for your incoming messages.
Aside from that and a few minor bugs, this service is rather easy to use and remains a good alternative.