A Guide to Accessing Your WhatsApp Messages on Your PC with Windows 11




This article guides you through reading WhatsApp messages on a Windows 11 PC by installing WhatsApp Desktop from the Microsoft Store, linking it to your phone via a QR code, and ensuring a seamless messaging experience with a full-size keyboard and larger display. Log out for security when finished. Troubleshoot by checking your phone’s connection…

This article explains how to read your WhatsApp messages on your PC with Windows 11.

WhatsApp is a smartphone messaging app that allows users to send and receive text and voice messages, make voice and video calls, and share images, documents, user locations, and other media.

Reading your WhatsApp messages on your computer provides a larger display and the convenience of a full-size keyboard. This makes reading and responding to messages easier, especially if you spend much time on your computer.

Additionally, using WhatsApp via the desktop app on your computer offers seamless integration with notifications and better usability with a full-scale keyboard and mouse.

Download and Install WhatsApp Desktop

To read your WhatsApp messages on your Windows PC, you must first download the WhatsApp app on your computer.

Follow the steps below to do that.

Click on the Microsoft Store icon in your taskbar or open the Start menu and search for “Microsoft Store.”

Open the Microsoft Store app

In the Microsoft Store, use the search bar at the top right and type “WhatsApp Desktop.” Then, select the app when it appears.

Next, click the ‘Get‘ or ‘Install‘ button to download the WhatsApp Desktop app.

Wait for the app to install.

Open WhatsApp Desktop

Once installed, you can find WhatsApp Desktop in your list of applications or search for it using the Start menu.

Link WhatsApp Desktop to Your Phone

On your Android device, tap on the three dots at the top right of the screen and choose ‘Linked devices‘.

On your iPhone, go to Settings and tap ‘WhatsApp Web/Desktop.’

On your phone, tap ‘Linked devices -> Link a Device‘. You might need to input your fingerprint, face recognition, or passcode.

Open WhatsApp on Windows 11

On your Windows 11 computer, the WhatsApp Desktop app should show a QR code. Point your phone’s camera at the computer screen to scan this code.

WhatsApp QR code display

After scanning, your WhatsApp will automatically sync all your messages to your Windows 11 computer.

Windows 11 WhatsApp home
  • You can start chatting as you normally would on your phone, using your computer’s keyboard to type messages, send files, make calls, etc.
  • When you’re done, you can log out by opening WhatsApp on your phone, going to ‘Linked Devices‘, and tapping ‘Log out from all devices’ for security reasons.


If you can’t scan the QR code, ensure that:

  • Your phone has an active internet connection.
  • The camera on your phone isn’t obstructed or damaged.
  • WhatsApp is up to date on your phone.

WhatsApp on Windows 11 via the desktop app offers seamless integration with notifications and better usability with a full-scale keyboard and mouse.


This post showed you how to link your Windows 11 device to your WhatsApp account. Please use the comments form below if you find errors or have something to add.

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