Although WhatsApp is an application used primarily on the mobile, for years it has also been possible to use WhatsApp Web from the computer, either through the browser or from the WhatsApp Web application, something that is especially convenient when we are on the PC because we do not have to be looking at the mobile.
As in any application, there are tricks of WhatsApp that make it easier to use the application and the same goes for the computer version. In this article, we tell you eight tricks of WhatsApp Web to become an expert in the desktop version.
How to know how many WhatsApp Web sessions you have started?
More than a trick, it is advice and an important one. Knowing how many sessions we have started can prevent someone from spying on our WhatsApp. If someone has had access to our phone, they may have scanned the QR to log in and be reading our conversations, so watch out for this.
To avoid this, from the WhatsApp app on your mobile, click on the menu button (top left) and choose the option ‘WhatsApp Web‘. Here you can see the open sessions and the last time it was active. If you see something strange, just click on the suspicious session and close it or, if you prefer, close them all.
How to use multiple WhatsApp accounts on the same computer
If you have two phone lines with two WhatsApps, you can use them at the same time on the same computer. All you have to do is open an incognito window in your browser, log in with your other account, and voilà, you have two WhatsApp Web running.
How to read messages without the double blue tick and without appearing online?
The reading confirmation or double blue tick can be deactivated from WhatsApp so that it never comes out, but if you have it activated and at some point, you don’t want the other person to know that you have read their message or that you are online, with WhatsApp Web it is very simple.
You simply have to open another window on the computer and place it so that you continue to see WhatsApp Web, but keeping the other active window in the foreground. When you enter messages you can read them but as the window is inactive, will still appear as unread and the other person will not see the blue tick or appear online until you click on WhatsApp Web.
There is another option to read messages without the blue tick, although in this case, the person will be able to see that you are online. If we leave the mouse over a conversation (without clicking on it), a small preview of the last message sent to us appears, but our contact will not receive the reading confirmation.
How to activate the dark mode and change the wallpaper?
WhatsApp Web does not have as many features as the mobile app, but the company is adding new features little by little and one of the ones available is to activate the dark mode. From Configuration – Theme you can choose whether to leave the light mode (default) or the dark mode. In Wallpaper, you can also change the color of the background to customize it to your liking. Note that the available colors change depending on the theme; If you choose the light one there will be brighter colors, while with the dark one they are duller tones.
How to send files from PC to mobile and other ways?
There is a very useful trick to WhatsApp and that is to send things to ourselves. To do this, first, you have to create a group where only you are in (first add someone else and then expel them) and then you can send messages that only you will read. If, for example, you want to quickly move a photo from your computer to your mobile or vice versa, you will only have to send it through that group.
How to send photos quickly with copy-paste?
Imagine that you are browsing and suddenly you find a photo or meme that you want to send to a friend. The logical process would be to download it to the computer and then send it through WhatsApp Web, but there is an even faster way. When you locate the photo, right-click and select Copy Image, then go to WhatsApp Web and paste it with the shortcut Ctrl + V, it’s that easy.
How to use keyboard shortcuts on WhatsApp Web?
While we’re on the subject of keyboard shortcuts, WhatsApp Web supports a few more. If you master them, it’s much faster to move between chats or open a new one than to do it with the mouse. Of course, this only works if you download the desktop client, in the browser does not work.
- Ctrl + N: Open a new chat.
- Ctrl + Shift + ]: Move to the next conversation.
- Ctrl + Shift + [: Return to the previous conversation.
- Ctrl + E: Archive conversation.
- Ctrl + Shift + M: Mute conversation.
- Ctrl + Backspace: Delete conversation.
- Ctrl + Shift + U: Mark as unread.
- Ctrl + Shift + N: Create new group.
- Ctrl + P: Open profile.
These are WhatsApp Web-specific shortcuts, but you can also use the generic system shortcuts:
- Ctrl + X: Cut.
- Ctrl + C: Copy.
- Ctrl + V: Paste.
- Ctrl + A: Select all.
- Ctrl + F: Search
- Alt + F4: Exit the app.
The list of WhatsApp web shortcuts to send emojis
We continue with shortcuts, but these are to send emojis. In WhatsApp Web, we also have the emojis selector, but it forces us to click to display it and then another click to send it. If you want to do everything with the keyboard, just type the name of the emoji between two points, for example, heart: And you will see how suggestions appear above the text field.
How to start WhatsApp Web automatically?
Finally, if you use WhatsApp Web often, it is best to set it up so that the application starts whenever you turn on your computer. To do this, from WhatsApp Web go to Configuration – Desktop Settings and check the box ‘Open WhatsApp on login’. However, we do not recommend doing this if your computer is used by more people or they will be able to read your conversations.