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…

WhatsApp Web

WhatsApp Web is a browser-based WhatsApp client which lets you use the messaging service from, well, a browser.

We definitely, definitely don’t use it at work to send memes to our mates (because that would be unprofessional), but it is theoretically a great way to keep in touch with everyone when you’re on a PC.

You can actually use WhatsApp web on your iPad too:

1. Hit up web.whatsapp.com, and hold down the refresh button in Safari’s URL bar, and then Request Desktop Site.

2. See that QR code? You’re going to want to scan it with your phone. Open up WhatsApp on your handset, go to Settings, WhatsApp Web, and scan the QR code.

3. That’s all you have to do - it’ll automatically link the web client to your phone, and you can message away on your iPad as normal.

4. It’s well worth pinning the WhatsApp Web page to your home screen too, for instant future access. Just hit the Share button, then Add to Home Screen, and you’re all done.


Unfortunately you’re going to need to keep Safari up and running if you want to keep on top of your messages as notifications aren’t supported.

You can get around this by using the iPad’s split-screen mode, which lets you run two apps side by side.

While Safari’s open, drag in from the right hand side and you can choose which secondary app you’d like to use, letting you keep on top of WhatsApp while using other apps.