Since it emerged in 2009, WhatsApp has not stopped growing . In the year 2021 it already had 2,000 million active users and continues to grow. Although in recent times strong competitors such as Telegram or Signal have emerged , WhatsApp remains number one.
Connecting to WhatsApp from our computer can save us a lot of time , since we write much faster than from our mobile phone.
But that’s just one of the advantages of accessing or downloading this application on your computer.
If you want to know how to use WhatsApp on your computer because they can come in handy, keep reading.
How to use WhatsApp on two devices and use it on the computer
To connect to WhatsApp from your computer , you have two options: connect to WhatsApp Web through its official website or download the application.
Each one has its advantages and that is why, to learn about them, I recommend that you take a look at this post in which we tell you in much more detail how to do it:
The best WhatsApp Web tricks
Using WhatsApp on the computer has many advantages and in this section we are going to see some of the tricks that can make your life a little easier:
1. Transfer files from mobile to computer and vice versa
Surely you have ever wanted to transfer a photo that you had on your mobile to your computer or vice versa and the solution has been to send you an email or even something more confusing.
With this trick you will be able to transfer your files from the mobile to the computer in a jiffy.
For this you must create a group in WhatsApp in which only you are and there pass the files.
The first thing is to create a group with someone you trust, such as a friend or family member, and then kick them out of that group to be left alone.
It is recommended that you tell him what you are going to do so that he does not find it strange.
Once you have it you can pass all kinds of files and then save it to your phone.
In addition, this group can also be used to write down important things, or whatever you want.
2. How to activate and deactivate notifications in WhatsApp Web
In the desktop version of WhatsApp we also have the option to receive an alert every time we receive a message. In this section we see how to activate or deactivate these notifications.
How to activate WhatsApp Web notifications
To activate WhatsApp Web notifications and have a pop-up window appear and the notification sound every time a message is sent to you, you have to log in and go to the button in the shape of three dots that you find at the top of the main screen.
Then click on “Settings” and then on “Notifications”.
In this new window you must mark the option you want:
- If you want it to sound every time you receive a message, leave the “ Sound” box checked.
- If you want to receive an alert in the form of a notification when the message arrives, you must leave the “Desktop alert” box checked .
- If you want to see a preview of the message in these alerts, you must leave the “Show preview” option checked.
How to disable WhatsApp Web notifications
To disable notifications on WhatsApp Web you must first log in.
Now click on the settings button, which is shaped like three dots and is located just above the list of conversations.
Now click on “ Settings ” and select the “Notifications” section.
On this screen you must check the box for the options “Deactivate all desktop notifications” and then select the period in which you want to keep that deactivation.
3. Add WhatsApp emojis with the keyboard
Emoticons are part of our daily lives and with them we express all kinds of emotions and feelings .
If you are from the 90s then emoticons will be more familiar than emojis.
For those who don’t, when a few years ago people browsed the Internet, emoticons were added using parentheses and a letter in the middle. The most famous could be the (L), which represents a heart.
Now, with these same shortcuts we can write the emojis in our WhatsApp Web conversations.
Write “:” and the keyword that identifies the emoji. For example, “:Coffee”.
4. How to read WhatsApp messages without the blue tick
All of us at some point have wanted to know how to read a WhatsApp message without the blue tick appearing to the other person, which notifies them that you have read it.
There are several tricks , but a very effective and quick one that we can do through WhatsApp Web is simply to put the mouse cursor over the conversation, and we will see how a pop-up window appears with the complete message.
5. Use keyboard shortcuts for WhatsApp Web
One of the great advantages of using WhatsApp Web is that we are used to writing faster from our computer than from our mobile, and therefore we save time.
This time can be further optimized with the use of keyboard shortcuts.
In the section we saw before, it was a shortcut to add emojis to our WhatsApp conversations and now we are going to see a list of others that can help you save a lot of time, such as marking a message as read or moving between the different chats.
- Ctrl + Shift + ]: Go to the next chat.
- Ctrl + Shift + [: Ir al chat anterior.
- Ctrl + N: Create a new chat.
- Ctrl + Spacebar: Delete a conversation.
- Ctrl + Shift + M: Mute the conversation.
- Ctrl + Shift + U: Mark a message as unread.
- Ctrl + Shift + N: Create a new group.
- Ctrl + P: Open the profile.
- Alt + F4: Close the chat window.
Continuing with the keyboard shortcuts, we also find some that can help us add features to our text, such as bold or italic letters.
- *: makes the text bold.
- _: Makes the text italic.
- ~ : Strike through the text you want.
- “`: change the font to monospace.
For this to work you must add each of these shortcuts just before where you want the effect to be applied and immediately after.
That is, imagine that we have a text in which we say:
“Tomorrow’s bus departure time is at 16:00 at the central station”
And we want to highlight the time and place. The text that we will have to write will be the following:
“Tomorrow’s bus departure time is *16:00 at the central station*” .
In this way, “ 16:00 at the central station” will appear in bold.
6. Use the dark theme
More and more people are opting for the dark mode in social networks and applications.
Having the background in a dark color allows our eyes to rest more and be less fatigued and taking into account all the time we spend looking at a screen is something important.
To put the dark mode on WhatsApp Web you must log in and click on the configuration button, which is shaped like three points and is located just above the list of conversations.
Now click on “ Settings ” and select the “Theme” section.
In this new window choose the “ Dark ” option and then click on “ Ok ”.
By doing this you will already have the dark theme in WhatsApp Web.
7. How to put a wallpaper
To change the background color of WhatsApp Web , the first thing you should do is log in.
Once you have logged in, you must click on the configuration button that has the shape of three vertical points and that you find just above the list of conversations.
Now click on the “ Wallpaper ” section .
You will arrive at a new window like the one you are seeing in the example below where you can choose the color of the WhatsApp Web wallpaper.