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Download Whatsapp for Windows 10/11

Whatsapp is one of the top five popular messaging tools that people use. While it does not target workplace communication the way Slack or Microsoft Teams does, it fills a different niche with its business accounts. If you had to pick a tool for unofficial but still official communication, Whatsapp would be it. 

Whatsapp for Windows 10

Whatsapp for Windows 10/11

Whatsapp started out as a mobile app and it has remained that way. It released a web version which can connect with your Whatsapp account but, you must still have Whatsapp installed and set up on your phone. It works with a phone number and not an email address. That hasn’t changed but Whatsapp is moving towards desktop apps instead of relying on a browser to work.

Download Whatsapp for Windows 10/11

A desktop Whatsapp is currently in development. In fact, you can try the beta out now. It has to be installed from the Microsoft Store which means only Windows 10 and Windows 11 users will be able to test it out. If you’re on Windows 8/8.1, you can try installing it but there is no guarantee that you will be able to download it. 

  1. In your browser. visit the Whatsapp Microsoft Store page.
  2. Click the Get button.
  3. When prompted by the browser, open the Microsoft Store app.
  4. Click the Install button.
  5. Allow the app to install.

Sign in Whatsapp on Windows 10/11

The Whatsapp UWP app works with the Whatsapp account you’ve configured on your phone. You cannot create an account on the Windows app. To sign in to the Windows 10/11 Whatsapp app, follow these steps.

  1. Open Whatsapp on your phone.
  2. Go to the Settings tab.
  3. Tap Linked Devices.
  4. Tap Link a Device.
  5. On your Windows 10/11 system, open the Whatsapp app.
  6. Scan the QR code that you see.
  7. You will be signed into the app.

Note: You cannot deactivate or uninstall Whatsapp from your phone after linking a device. If you do, the device will be signed out.

Conclusion

Whatsapp is a chat app that remains tied to phone numbers and that is unlikely to change any time soon. It also seems that, as long as Whatsapp is tied to a phone number, you will sign in using your phone. What can stand to improve, and Whatsapp is working on it, is allowing other devices to remain online even if your phone is offline. If you’d like to try it now, you will have to join the beta. The option appears when you connect a new device. Remember that it’s a beta feature so you may occasionally end up being signed out.

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