Compared to Telegram, WhatsApp suffers from some architectural limitations. Its most important limitation is that you cannot use the same WhatsApp account on multiple devices at the same time. If you try to use WhatsApp Web from multiple devices, your previous instance will show “WhatsApp is open on another computer or browser”.
Clicking the green Use here button will automatically disconnect the instance you are using on the other device and you can continue to use WhatsApp Web on the product you usually use.
Also, while the web version of Telegram is completely “stand alone” and therefore independent of the other installations of the messaging client (it can send and receive messages directly), WhatsApp Web works in symbiosis with the app installed on your smartphone.
Although we recently received the first confirmation of WhatsApp’s intention to bring the application also to tablets without SIM (thus overriding the use of WhatsApp Web), to authorize a device (or better, a browser) to use WhatsApp Web you must visit this page, wait for a QR code to appear, go to your smartphone, open the WhatsApp app, choose WhatsApp Web from the main menu (three dots at the top right), press “+” then scan the QR code by framing the display of the device on which WhatsApp Web opened.
While Telegram Web sends and receives messages and files independently, WhatsApp Web requires that the device on which the primary WhatsApp app is installed be connected to the network. It doesn’t matter whether the device is connected to the same Wi Fi network or not, it is important that the device with the WhatsApp app is connected to the Internet.
Try placing your smartphone temporarily in airplane mode: WhatsApp Web, on all authorized devices will show the “Attempt to reach your phone” screen or a “Phone not connected” box at the top of the window.
Sending and receiving messages (including browsing media archives) is therefore done after direct dialogue between WhatsApp Web and the smartphone on which the WhatsApp application is installed. In fact, WhatsApp will take care of all incoming and outgoing communications.
Despite these architectural limitations, WhatsApp is still the world’s most widely used instant messaging client, with 1.5 billion users. Followed by Facebook Messenger with 1.3 billion, WeChat with about 1.06 billion, QQ Mobile with 800 million, Skype and Snapchat with about 300 million, Viber with 260 million, LINE with 203 million. It closes Telegram with 200 million active users (source: Statista, October 2018).
It is obvious that the platforms on which, in the recent past, have been polarized more interest from users can now continue to enjoy market shares of the forefront.
So although WhatsApp suffers from a lack of different features compared to Telegram, the application is still very much in use today.
Here are Some Tips and Tricks for Using WhatsApp Web
Accessing WhatsApp Web brings undeniable advantages: you can keep an eye on messages sent by acquaintances, colleagues and collaborators even during work, without having to take your hands off your PC keyboard to take your smartphone.
Access images, videos, documents, and links from your PC with WhatsApp Web
On the mobile version of the app, just choose a contact, press the top right button with three dots and choose Media to “navigate” through the content exchanged with the same person.
Similar functionality is available from your PC or any other device simply by accessing WhatsApp Web and then clicking on its image (or “avatar”) shown in the right panel.
By clicking on Media, links, and documents, you will be able to access the archive of photos, videos, documents, and links exchanged (both sent and received) with the contact selected in WhatsApp Web.
Using WhatsApp Web has the advantage of being able to instantly retrieve such content (suppose you need to reuse it on your desktop or notebook PC…).
WhatsApp Web, Tips and Tricks to Get the Most Out of it
By using the icon on the WhatsApp Web toolbar (the penultimate), you can save any open file locally, quickly move to the message that contained the file, link, or document (first icon), mark it as “Important,” or forward it to a third party.
Files marked as important, along with the corresponding messages, will be shown on the screen containing individual contact information in the Important messages section.
Transferring a file from your smartphone to your PC without using any other tools
Using a simple “gabola”, you can transfer files between your smartphone and PC (and vice versa) without relying on other tools.
The trick is to send a message to yourself: while Telegram supports this possibility by default, in WhatsApp you need to act a bit of cunning.
To transfer files between smartphones and PCs (as well as in the opposite direction) you can create a closed group (leaving as a participant only themselves) and then send the files you want to use.
The advantage of this modus operandi is that the files sent within the group will always remain stored and can be reused on any device, even through WhatsApp Web.
The step-by-step procedure for proceeding is illustrated by Sending a message to yourself on WhatsApp and Telegram.
However, keep in mind WhatsApp’s file size limits: 128 MB on iOS, 100 MB on Android, and 64 MB with WhatsApp Web.
Don’t underestimate the trick of sending photos at full resolution: Send photos on WhatsApp at full resolution and quality.
By entering the colon symbol (:) in a chat from WhatsApp Web then following the name of the emoticon you are looking for, you can quickly find out what interests you. Example: :bow, :bird, :bike.
In the app for mobile devices, by entering the name of an object, WhatsApp often shows the corresponding emoji, but the search function can be improved several times.
If you cannot open multiple instances of WhatsApp Web under the same user account (and therefore rely on a specific installation of WhatsApp on the smartphone side), there is still a trick that allows you to manage multiple WhatsApp accounts from the same PC.
If you want to manage WhatsApp installations on multiple smartphones or dual SIM devices, you can open multiple instances of WhatsApp Web using your browser’s undercover browsing windows (Undercover browsing, when to use it?).
Those who run a business or enterprise can also use WhatsApp Business, which is managed as a stand-alone service.
Google Chrome users can view real-time notifications returned from WhatsApp Web, then preview received messages without sending read notifications.
When you enable notifications in Chrome, WhatsApp Web messages will appear in the lower right corner of your screen.
By typing chrome://settings/content/notifications in the Chrome address bar, you simply need to check that the web.whatsapp.com and possibly dyn.whatsapp.com addresses are in the Allow section.
If you have already opened the WhatsApp Web screen and want to follow a contact without sending him subsequent notifications that you have read the messages, you can keep the window of any program open without overlapping that of WhatsApp Web: the simple Windows Notepad is also fine.
By keeping the “focus” on the Notepad or – for example – on the Word window, resizing it appropriately, you can read incoming messages from WhatsApp Web without sending any confirmation of reading.
WhatsApp Web as a Stand-Alone Application in Windows
Chrome users can turn WhatsApp Web into a kind of independently callable application by simply clicking on an icon shown in the Start menu, on the desktop, or in the taskbar.
The advantage is that WhatsApp Web will be usable by taking advantage of a larger window, without menu and without those graphical elements typical of the normal browser interface.
The procedure to follow to make WhatsApp Web work as a stand-alone application in Windows is explained in our article How to use WhatsApp from a PC with the web application.
Listen to Voice Messages Faster From WhatsApp Web
WhatsApp Web does not allow you to make calls or video calls (possible using the smartphone app instead). However, you are allowed to record and listen to voice messages.
To play back voice messages more quickly from WhatsApp Web, so you don’t have to spend hours listening to your partners’ arguments, you can consider installing the Zapp extension in Chrome.
Zapp not only allows you to adjust the speed at which voice messages are played back, but also to optimize the volume level.
In the article Chrome Extensions: How to block those that are too hungry for data, we saw how to limit the “range” of extensions.