5 minute hack: how to use WhatsApp on your iPad

You’ll be bantering away on a bigger screen in no time

WhatsApp messenger is great. Well, it’s sort of great. If we’re being honest, being swarmed with hundreds of messages a day from 13 different groups can be rather overwhelming. Then again, maybe we’re just incredibly popular.

Either way, if you’re an iPad owner, you might prefer to switch your digital nattering over to its larger screen, instead of pecking away at your phone.

Trouble is, there’s no official WhatsApp app available for the iPad. But thankfully, there are a few workarounds…

There’s an app for that

An alternative method to using Safari is to download an unofficial WhatsApp iPad app from the iTunes store. There are quite a few out there, but the one we’ve found works best is called Messenger for WhatsApp

Once installed, setup is essentially identical to WhatsApp Web. Scan your QR code, and you’re good to go.

Unfortunately, while this app (and its peers) used to support notifications, it appears that the latest version of iOS has broken the notification feature, so again, you’ll need to stay in the app or use split screen function if you want to stay on top of your messages.

It’s possible that the notification feature will be updated to work with the newer version of iOS - making this app method better than the Safari one above - but for now, either of these methods results in the same outcome.