With over 2 billion monthly active users, WhatsApp is the world’s most popular IM (Instant Messaging) app. The Facebook-owned app offers a simple and intuitive user interface, notable features, and hidden tips and tricks, making it a joy to use. One thing missing from WhatsApp’s long list of features is an independent tablet app. However, with the new Linked Devices feature, you can use WhatsApp on your iPad and top Android tablets.
What is Linked Devices in WhatsApp?
The Linked Devices feature in WhatsApp allows you to use WhatsApp on five devices simultaneously, including your primary smartphone. It doesn’t require an internet connection on your primary smartphone. You can use WhatsApp on your phone and four linked devices, including tablets, desktops, and WhatsApp Web.
The Linked Devices function on tablets is in beta and only works on Android tablets. iPad users can use the WhatsApp web version to manage their recent chats on a big screen.
Use WhatsApp on your Android tablet using Linked Devices
The benefit of using the multi-device login is that your tablet WhatsApp app works independently of your phone app. That means you can receive and send messages from your tablet, even if your phone has no internet connection.
For this part of the guide, you must be a part of the beta program on WhatsApp. Also, before you proceed, update the WhatsApp app on your tablet and phone to the latest beta version, as the feature works on WhatsApp beta version 184.108.40.206 or later. You can join the WhatsApp beta program from the Google Play Store or download the app release from APK Mirror.
- Launch the WhatsApp app on your tablet and tap the Agree and Continue button. A QR code appears.
- Open the WhatsApp app on your phone.
- Tap the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner
- Select the Linked devices option.
- Tap the Link a device button.
- The phone asks you to authenticate with your PIN or fingerprint. After you authenticate, WhatsApp opens a code scanner. Use it to scan the QR code on your tablet.
- After you scan, WhatsApp takes a few minutes to download your chats and history on the tablet.
The steps to scan a WhatsApp QR code differ on an iPhone. Here’s how to do it.
- Launch WhatsApp on your iPhone.
- Tap the Settings gear in the lower-right corner.
- Select Linked devices.
- Tap Link a Device.
- Scan the WhatsApp QR code on your Android tablet and sync the chat history.
When you link your WhatsApp account on an Android tablet, the app syncs up to two years of your most recent conversation history. If you want to search for old messages, use your primary phone. The Linked Devices feature is still in the early stages and may not have all functions found on WhatsApp for your phone.
Use WhatsApp Web on an iPad and Android tablet
If you are not a part of the WhatsApp beta program or use an iPad, you can access your chats on WhatsApp using the WhatsApp Web app. It works the same way as WhatsApp Web on a desktop.
Since Safari browser allows you to place a specific web page on the homescreen, we recommend settings up WhatsApp Web with the default browser on an iPad.
Access your chats on Android
- Open a browser on your tablet and go to Web.WhatsApp.com.
- Open the Linked devices menu on WhatsApp for Android (check the steps above).
- Tap the Link a device button.
- Scan the QR code on WhatsApp web to get your messages.
Get your messages on an iPhone
- On an iPhone, open Linked devices in WhatsApp Settings (refer to the steps above).
- Tap Link a device.
- Scan the QR code to use WhatsApp web on your tablet.
Create a shortcut for WhatsApp Web on the iPad homescreen
You don’t need to open Safari and navigate to WhatsApp web to check your recent messages. You can add a WhatsApp shortcut on the homescreen and glance over your conversations with a single tap.
- Launch Safari on your iPad and visit WhatsApp Web.
- Tap the Share icon at the top.
- Select Add to Home Screen.
- Give it a relevant name, check the icon, and select Add.
- Return to the homescreen and move the WhatsApp shortcut to a relevant place.
Access your WhatsApp chats on a big screen
Since the new WhatsApp multi-device feature for tablets has been released to beta testers, we hope the company will allow users to use the same WhatsApp account on two phones. Many of us carry two smartphones simultaneously, and accessing our chats on both will be very convenient.
Once you set up WhatsApp on your tablet, go through the best privacy settings to keep prying eyes away from your confidential conversations.
Conclusion on How to use WhatsApp on your tablet
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