23rd September 2023

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How to use WhatsApp on your tablet

With over two billion monthly active users, WhatsApp is the world’s most popular 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.

Until recently, WhatsApp lacked a dedicated app for tablets, making it inconvenient to use on a bigger screen. However, that has changed, and WhatsApp now offers an official app designed for your favorite Android tablet. You still need to use a browser to connect to WhatsApp on an iPad, but you can link your Android phone or iPhone to sync messages.


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, laptops, Chromebooks, and desktop computers, via the app or WhatsApp Web.

Linked devices enjoy the same end-to-end encryption as the smartphone app, but WhatsApp logs out your linked tablet and computer if you don’t access WhatsApp on your phone for more than two weeks.

Linked devices don’t support live location viewing, broadcast lists, or status updates.

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.

  1. Launch the WhatsApp app on your tablet and tap the Agree and Continue button. A QR code appears.
  2. Open the WhatsApp app on your phone.
  3. Tap the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner
  4. Select the Linked devices option.
  5. Tap the Link a device button.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

  1. Launch WhatsApp on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the Settings gear in the lower-right corner.
  3. Select Linked devices.
  4. Tap Link a Device.
  5. 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 contains many but not all functions found on WhatsApp for your phone.

Use WhatsApp Web on an iPad and Android tablet

If you don’t want to use the WhatsApp Android tablet app 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 the 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

  1. Open a browser on your tablet and go to Web.WhatsApp.com.
    A screenshot of the WhatsApp Web shows an iPad using the Safari browser.

  2. Open the Linked devices menu on WhatsApp for Android (check the steps above).
  3. Tap the Link a device button.
  4. Scan the QR code on WhatsApp web to get your messages.

Get your messages on an iPhone

  1. On an iPhone, open Linked devices in WhatsApp Settings (refer to the steps above).
  2. Tap Link a device.
  3. 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.

  1. Launch Safari on your iPad and visit WhatsApp Web.
  2. Tap the Share icon at the top.
    A screenshot of the WhatsApp Web on iPad shows an arrow pointing to Safari's share button.

  3. Select Add to Home Screen.
    A screenshot of the WhatsApp Web on iPad shows an arrow pointing to the Add to Home Screen button.

  4. Give it a relevant name, check the icon, and select Add.
    A screenshot of the WhatsApp Web on iPad shows an arrow pointing to the Add button in the rename pop-up.

  5. Return to the homescreen and move the WhatsApp shortcut to a relevant place.
    A screenshot of an iPad shows an arrow pointing to a WhatsApp Web icon on the home screen.

Access your WhatsApp chats on a big screen

Since the new WhatsApp multi-device feature is now available for tablets, we hope Meta will allow users to sync the same WhatsApp account on two phones. Many people switch between two smartphones, and accessing chats on both devices would be more convenient.

Once you set up WhatsApp on your tablet, go through our guide to the best WhatsApp privacy settings to keep prying eyes away from your confidential conversations.