How to Install WhatsApp on Ubuntu

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install and use WhatsApp for Linux on Ubuntu 20.04 | 18.04 LTS desktop.

Want to use WhatsApp in Ubuntu Linux? Surprisingly, WhatsApp doesn’t have a Linux desktop client. WhatsApp supports both Windows and MacOS platforms, but not Linux.

With WhatsApp, you can get fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free on phones around the world. If your only option is to connect via a desktop computer, then only Windows and MacOS platforms are support.

You’re out of luck for the official desktop client if you have a Linux machine.

There are Linux apps that may get you almost the same WhatsApp experience you’ll get with Windows and MacOS platforms. But they’re not officially supported by WhatsApp.

If you can’t get a dedicated WhatsApp desktop client for Linux machine, you can instead use WhatsApp web client that’s supported on popular web browsers.

Install Whatsdesk

Whatsdesk is an easy to use unofficial WhatsApp client for Linux. Instead of waiting for an official WhatsApp desktop client for Linux systems, go and install Whatsdesk.

Whatsdesk works pretty much the same way WhatsApp web works, except that it provides a dedicated desktop client for Linux machines.

You can install Whatsdesk on Ubuntu from Snap package manager. Snap should already be installed on Ubuntu 18.04 and up. However, if you’re running previous versions, run the commands below to install Snap.

sudo apt update 
sudo apt install snapd

To install whatsapp-for-linux, simply use the following command:

sudo snap install whatsapp-for-linux

That will do it.

After installing, go to the Activities overview ==> dashboard and search for WhatsApp. That will bring up WhatsApp for Linux.

Open and begin using it.

Click the link to the right to reload the QR code to sign in using your smartphone to sign in.

Use WhatsApp from browser

If having a dedicated Linux app isn’t important to you, you can simply use your web browser in Linux go use WhatsApp from your computer.

Open your web browser and go to WhatsApp Web, and you will get to see a QR code. Scan the code using your smartphone to sign in.

To scan the QR code presented to you, open WhatsApp app from your Android or iOS device and go to Menu (three dots on top right) > WhatsApp Web.

Scan the QR code to sign in.

That should do it!


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