Especially to send one or another long message, WhatsApp Web it is more than useful. And for the experience to be the most satisfactory, there is one or another trick that you can apply on this platform.
Note: Several of these recommendations work exclusively on the desktop app of the messaging service, not the version that runs through the browser.
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Follow these steps to change the wallpaper that appears by default when you display WhatsApp Web: click on the tab or the three horizontally aligned dots in the upper left, and click on Setting. In the new menu choose Wallpaper and then select the shade that best suits your style. The change will be reflected immediately in the service interface.
Once July 2020 started, Facebook ad the arrival of dark mode to WhatsApp Web, along with other news for the instant messaging application. This is activated as follows: click on the tab or the three horizontally aligned dots in the upper left part and, in the menu that appears, select Setting. In the new interface click on Theme and choose the box Dark. Confirm your action.
Make video calls
Video calls reached WhatsApp Web through Messenger rooms, a service announced by Facebook in April 2020.
To start a video call from the desktop version, you just have to click on the clip icon. You will see the representation of a video camera among the options; select it. A pop-up window appears asking if you want to go to Messenger to create a room. Confirm the action.
In the new window you are told that “the people who have the link will be able to enter the room and share it with others, even if they do not have Messenger or Facebook.” If you agree, press the button Create room.
Once you gave the corresponding permissions and entered the room, what follows is that you share the link of it with the people you want to join.
Like other services, in WhatsApp Web you can also use some shortcuts to perform actions faster. We present some of the most useful for Windows. It is important to clarify that these only work when you have the application installed on your computer, not when you access the service through the web browser.
- Ctrl + N: new chat
- Ctrl + Shift + N: new group
- Ctrl + E: archive chat
- Ctrl + Shift + M: mute chat
- Ctrl + Backspace or Backspace: delete conversation
- Ctrl + Shift + U: mark conversation as unread
- Ctrl + P: open profile
- Ctrl + F: information search
- Ctrl + “+” key: pleasing window view
- Ctrl + “-” key: decrease window view
Message read without appearing as read
WhatsApp Web also allows you to read the last message of a conversation without the sender seeing the dreaded blue reading confirmation marks (in case both have them activated). First of all, make sure you’re not on the chat you want to go unnoticed with. When you get a message, all you have to do is hover over the conversation, without clicking, and let the content display (as shown in the image above). Ready! You know how to read the last message without leaving a trace.
Files between desktop and mobile
If you want to send a photo from the PC to the cell phone, or vice versa, you can use WhatsApp. Before, you need to create a “group” in which you are the only member. You can check this article to know how to do it.
Now, go to the group you created, press the clip icon and choose if you want to send an image or a document. When you’ve selected it, hit the submit button. What follows is to open the WhatsApp app on your phone (in case you started on your computer), go to the group and check that you have the file.
Two WhatsApp accounts at the same time
If you are one of those who have two WhatsApp accounts, one personal and one for work, for example, you can have them open on your computer at the same time.
Activate the one you use most frequently in the desktop app. To review the other, open an incognito window, type the address of WhatsApp Web in the search bar. In the new interface, scan the code with the corresponding cell phone. Ready! You already have two active accounts on the same computer.
Log out from your cell phone
This trick is aimed especially for the forgetful or those who need to close their WhatsApp Web session due to a security issue. From the phone, in the main interface of the platform, press the three dots in the upper right part (Android); in the options that are displayed, choose Linked devices. The devices in which you have open sessions will appear. Click on the one in which you want to close the session; confirm the action.