There is not yet an official WhatsApp application available in the App Store that works on iPads. However, you can still use the network through the web interface. If you are not familiar with this online platform, don’t worry. We’ve created a simple step-by-step guide for you to get everything set up in minutes.
Using WhatsApp on an iPad
WhatsApp users who are already using the app on their computers will find the guide below very familiar as the platform used for iPad is the same. As mentioned, there is still no app available for iPad, meaning the only way to use it is through an internet browser.
The guide below will help you sync your WhatsApp account on your iPad with the latest iPadOS. Versions older than iPadOS 12 require you to take some extra steps. Here’s what to do:
- Open Safari and go to web.whatsapp.com. With the latest versions of iPadOS, the desktop version of WhatsApp Web appears automatically. Earlier versions will give you an older home page. Press and hold the refresh button until the “Load desktop site” option appears and tap it.
- On the main page you will find a QR code. Leave the page open and go to your phone with WhatsApp installed.
- From the WhatsApp app on your phone, go to ‘Settings’.
- Tap ‘Paired devices’. Your camera will open.
- Scan the QR code displayed on the iPad.
- The browser page should refresh and show all your WhatsApp activities.
And so you can start using WhatsApp on your iPad. You can create a shortcut to the app on your home screen to quickly access WhatsApp in the future. Here’s how to do it:
- Open WhatsApp Web in your internet browser.
- Tap the “Share” icon in the top right corner.
- Choose “Add to Home Screen” from the displayed menu.
- Select ‘Add’.
Now you have a WhatsApp icon on your home screen that immediately takes you to the web version of the app.
If you are using WhatsApp Business, the process is the same. For those who have never heard of WhatsApp Business, it is the version of the app that has become a hit among small businesses and start-ups. This allows you to create a complete profile with your company information, a catalog and automatic responses, among other things.
The first time you sync your WhatsApp account, it may take a while for all messages to load, depending on your internet connection and the number of messages you have on the app. The best thing is that your account remains connected until you decide to log out.
While we strongly encourage the use of official sources of apps and programs, there may be users who are not fans of the WhatsApp web version and would rather have an app installed. For those users, there are third-party applications available in the App Store that are worth a try. Some of the most popular are Messenger for WhatsApp, Whats Web App, and Messaging for WhatsApp on iPad.
By comparison, the WhatsApp web interface does not require the installation of third-party apps, which could compromise the security of our devices or the information we share. Keep in mind that WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption technology that ensures the privacy of the messages and files we share with other WhatsApp users.
Most of these apps are available for free, but keep in mind that they may not use the same technology to ensure the security of your messages. Please review them carefully before downloading any third party software.
Can I use WhatsApp on an iPad without a phone?
As explained in the guide above, using WhatsApp on an iPad is only possible by scanning the QR code displayed on the WhatsApp Web main page. For that reason, it is not possible to access your WhatsApp account on your iPad unless you have an active account on your phone. This may change once an official app launches, but we’ll have to wait and see what WhatsApp has in store for future updates.
With the online version of the app, once the sync is complete, you no longer need to rely on your phone to use it. However, it must remain connected to Wi-Fi. Otherwise, you’ll lose the connection on your iPad and your messages won’t sync properly.
Is WhatsApp Web similar to the app?
Using WhatsApp on your iPad, you can send and receive messages, exchange media files, and even send voice memos. However, there are some limitations, similar to when using WhatsApp from your computer. Most importantly, you can’t call.
Another major limitation is network speed. You may notice some delay in message reception and general network navigation. Since this is not an application, it is completely normal. If you like fast-response navigation, you’ll have to keep using your phone for now.
With a stable Wi-Fi connection, WhatsApp Web can be set up to forward notifications and calls reliably. This allows you to work from a larger screen during projects and without switching devices.
WhatsApp on the iPad
If you have any doubts about using WhatsApp on your iPad, we hope this guide was helpful to you. Remember that there may be some restrictions on what you can and cannot do, but the main WhatsApp features will be available and working perfectly. With the more recent introduction of a PC app, WhatsApp may soon release an iPad-compatible app.
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