How To Use WhatsApp On iPad

There is a notion that there are over 100 million iPad users in the US and research by Statista accredited that during the third quarter of 2022, Apple shipped around 14.5 million tablets worldwide. 

On the WhatsApp side, the meta-owned app has become a household name in the messaging app corner. As of 2022, there are over 75 million active monthly users in the US and it is estimated to reach 2.26 billion unique users in June.

What all this data is showing is that both the iPad and WhatsApp are highly used and purchased. So if many people are going for an iPad, one of the apps they will want to have on their tablet is WhatsApp.

This is where there is a problem. As of today, you can install WhatsApp on your iPhone and Mac but it is not yet supported on iPad. So how can you use WhatsApp on your iPad? This is what we are going to discuss in this article. After reading this, you will be able to effortlessly set up and use WhatsApp on your iPad.

Can You Use WhatsApp On iPad Without Phone?

No. To use WhatsApp on an iPad without a phone, you first need your iPhone or Android Phone with an active WhatsApp Account.

How To Use WhatsApp On iPad

Once there is an internet connection and a browser on your tablet, this is how you can start using WhatsApp to send and receive messages or media on your ipad.

  • Use The WhatsApp Web

The WhatsApp web version was launched in 2015. Since that time, when you want to use WhatsApp on your laptop or desktop, all you have to do is to open your browser and visit the WhatsApp web. Then you will be asked to scan the QR code shown on the browser from your phone. After that, you can start chatting and do most of what the app version offers.

Because the WhatsApp app cannot be installed on the iPad yet, you will also have to use the web version on your browser. You can use any browser of your choice, whether it is Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Brave, and others. It will work perfectly.

These are what is required before you can use Whatsapp web:

  1. Internet connection
  2. A WhatsApp account logged in on your (Android or iPhone)
  3. Make sure your iPad can scan

This is how you can start using WhatsApp web on iPad:

  1. Open the WhatsApp app on your phone (android or iPhone).
  2. If you’re using an iPhone, tap the Settings icon at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Select linked devices.
  4. Tap the ‘link a device’ button.
  5. It will ask you to scan a QR code on your computer. 
  6. Now, open the browser on your iPad. Go to http://web.whatsapp.com/ 
  7. The next thing to do is to scan the QR code shown on the web page.
  8. After that, wait for a few minutes for your chats to load.

Note: if you are not on iPadOS 13 or later when you visit  http://web.whatsapp.com/ 

It may redirect you to the WhatsApp home page. If this happens, what you need to do is to refresh the page and click on the load desktop site button. If the redirection persists, use another browser. Firefox is highly recommended. 

Limitation Of WhatsApp Web On iPad

BUGS: Although not common, sometimes there might be connection issues or the website lagging.

RELINK OR RESCAN: After some weeks, you may need to re-link your device by scanning the QR code again. Also, if you clear your browsing history, you may need to re-link your device.

NO VOICE OR VIDEO CALLING: On WhatsApp web, there’s no video and voice call feature. Other features like viewing status and voice chat are available.

CAN’T CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT: You cannot create an account on WhatsApp web. You also can’t add or chat to the contacts on your iPad.

WhatsApp For iPad Is Coming Soon

There’s a probability that in the next few years, the Meta company will create WhatsApp for the iPad. According to Will Cathcart, the head of WhatsApp, it is a thing they will love to do. We believe the company is working on it and will soon announce the development. If you are experiencing some issues while using the web version, this is a motivation to be a little more patient because sooner you will be able to download the app version to your iPad.

When WhatsApp for iPad is developed, it will come with those features available on iPhone and android. So, all the limitations of the WhatsApp web, such as not being able to make a video or voice call, won’t happen.

Until then, if you can’t cope with the web version anymore, you can download a third-party app that will allow you to use WhatsApp on an iPad.

The Best Third-Party App To Use WhatsApp On iPad

  • Messenger For Whatsapp ++ 

This app was designed to look like the original WhatsApp app. You may experience a little slowdown but it is still the better option. You will have to scan a QR code, just like you would do in the WhatsApp web version. The app also offers some special features not available on Whatsapp. Features like: chat protection, chat reminders, splitting videos for 30 seconds, etc.

Note: Except for the special features, Messenger for Whatsapp won’t offer features not available on WhatsApp web. The difference between the two is that one is an app while the other can be accessed on the web. If you can use WhatsApp web on your iPad, it is unnecessary to download this unofficial app. 

Conclusion

The number of iPad users demanding WhatsApp apps on the iPad is high, and it is such a pity that Meta has not provided a good solution for all these years. Until Meta develops a WhatsApp app for iPad, we hope all the methods we have discussed in this article help you.

FAQ

Can I use Android WhatsApp on my iPad?

There is no problem with linking a WhatsApp account logged on android to an iPad. You are ready in much as the android phone doesn’t have a camera problem, which can make scanning the QR code impossible.  

Can I Use An iPad With An Android Phone?

Forasmuch as the WhatsApp account is logged in the phone, the web version doesn’t care about the devices used to scan the QR code.

Can I Use WhatsApp On Both My Phone And iPad?

You can use both at the same time and at different times. You may just need to be relinking the devices after a while.

Can You Use WhatsApp On An iPad Without A Phone?

You can’t use the WhatsApp web on an iPad without linking to a device with an active WhatsApp account. 

Why iPad does not support WhatsApp?

There is no specific reason the iPad does not support WhatsApp. However, we guess WhatsApp needs to port the end-to-end encryption before you could be able to download the WhatsApp app on iPad.

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