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    5 things you don't know about WhatsApp Web

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    Joel Fulleda
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    The WhatsApp web platform allows you to use WhatsApp from your computer, with the convenience of being able to participate in conversations without having to pick up your mobile phone every now and then. This platform, available on the page web.whatsapp.com, works with all operating systems on which WhatsApp is available: Android, iPhone, Windows Phone and BlackBerry are just an example.


    As for the computer, WhatsApp for PC it is compatible with all operating systems, browsers and works with Chrome, Firefox and Safari and Microsoft Edge. This time, let's talk about the features you may not know about this platform.



    Did you know that you can send voice messages from your computer? Have you noticed that you can share photos from your computer? And did you find that you can get desktop notifications every time someone texts you on WhatsApp?

    All these curiosities, and others, we will tell you in this collection of 5 things you (perhaps) did not know about WhatsApp Web, let's discover them together.


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    Personalize desktop alerts

    We assume that the version's desktop alerts option Web di WhatsApp I'm not a secret. But probably what many users don't know is that desktop notifications can be customized to suit the user.

    Instead of receiving notifications in the browser as they are configured by default (i.e. with an audible alert and a preview of the message received), from the page WhatsApp web for PC there is the possibility of manually deactivating some of the Notification functions. Among the functions that can be customized are sounds, desktop alerts, preview and "Do not disturb" mode.


    To access these options, the procedure to follow is as follows:



    • Let's go to web.whatsapp.com and start the session.
    • Once the chat is open, click on the three dots icon that we will find in the upper right part of the rectangle that contains the conversations.
    • In the menu that will appear, click on the "Notifications" option.
    • Now, what we will see on the screen is a floating window with all the customizable options related to desktop notifications. We can activate or deactivate any of these options, as well as, in the case of the selectable menu of “Disable alerts and sounds for…“, we can select the time during which we do not want to be interrupted with notifications.

    Change the profile via Whatsapp Web

    Your own web version of WhatsApp has a section where you can customize the WhatsApp profile, being able to change not only the status itself, but also the profile photo.

    This trick is especially useful if you want to use a photo that has been stored on your computer in your profile. Using WhatsApp Web it is not necessary to complicate the transfer of the image to the computer, since simply using the web version of this application it is possible to make the change.

    The procedure to follow for modify the profile in WhatsApp Web is the following:


    • First, let's go to web.whatsapp.com and log in.
    • Once inside, click on the three dots icon that we will see in the upper right corner of the chat window.
    • In the floating menu that will be displayed when you click on this icon, we select the option “Profile and status“.
    • Now we can change both the profile picture and the status. Changes are stored automatically, so you don't need to click any options after making any status changes.

    Send voice notes via Whatsapp Web

    This trick can be especially useful for laptop users, as these devices - the vast majority - incorporate a stock microphone. And, just like on a smartphone, WhatsApp Web allows you to send voice notes from your computer. For this it is not necessary to install any application, since the web version itself integrates this function.



     send a voice note from your computer via WhatsApp, the procedure to follow is as follows:

    • First, let's enter the web version of WhatsApp and start the session using the procedure indicated on the screen.
    • Then, from the left side of the page, let's open a conversation with one of our contacts.
    • Next, in the conversation window, click on the microphone icon that we will see in the lower right part of the screen.
    • If this is the first time we have performed this procedure, the page will ask us to authorize the use of the microphone in the browser. We have taken this step and now we need to record the voice message we want to send.
    • Just as we can send voice messages from the computer, we can also play the messages we receive from our contacts from the speakers (or headphones).

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    Share photos from your computer via Whatsapp

    While it is true that Android phones are relatively easy to transfer photos from computer to cell phone, on an iPhone this same procedure can generate a headache for less experienced users. Therefore, the function of share computer photos via WhatsApp Web deserves to occupy a place on this list.

    In the web version of this application, the option to share files offers the possibility to send, directly from your computer, an image to another person's mobile phone. The procedure is the same as for mobile devices and the steps to follow for send an image via WhatsApp Web they are very simple:


    • First, let's get into Web WhatsApp and we follow the usual procedure to log in.
    • Then, we choose the contact (or group) with whom we want to share the image. This image, remember, must be stored on our computer's hard drive.
    • Once the conversation with the contact or group in question is open, click on the clip icon that we will see in the upper right part of the page.
    • Now we can click on the photo icon with a purple background.
    • Finally, the only thing left to do is to choose the image in the window that will open after completing the previous step. Once the image has been chosen, click on the "Open" button and proceed with sending the file through the conversation.

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    … Or even take a picture with your computer

    But what if what we want to share is a photo taken with the computer itself? In this case, if our computer is equipped with a camera - or if, in its absence, we have an external webcam connected, Web WhatsApp allows us to create a snapshot, then immediately share it with a contact or group.


    The procedure to follow is identical to the steps that must be performed to share an image stored on your computer, with the only difference that in the last step, instead of clicking on the first option, you must click on the camera icon with a multicolored background. At that moment, once you have authorized access to the camera, the page will allow you to take a photograph to share it directly in a conversation.

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