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How to Send Audio in Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger is packed with functionality. You can send images, GIFs, files, and even money through Messenger. But did you know that you can also send audio in Messenger? Allowing you to record voice messages for your family and friends.

Sending audio in Facebook Messenger is very simple. So, in this article we’ll explain how to send audio in Messenger, allowing you to save your fingers a few extra taps on the keyboard.

How to Send Audio in Messenger

For a long time, sending an audio recording through Messenger meant recording in a separate app, copying the audio into a file, and sending the file. That was quite some time ago. It is now easier than ever to send a voice message in Messenger.

There is one thing to remember before recording an audio message. If you’re using Facebook Messenger on your desktop, you’ll need a separate microphone to record your audio. Many laptops have an integrated microphone that you can use, although the audio quality can vary via this method.

Of course, if you’re using the Facebook Messenger app on your smartphone, you can record audio directly.

Recording a Facebook Messenger Audio Message in a Web Browser

First up, you need to open Facebook Messenger and locate the person you wish to send an audio message.

Alongside the text input box at the bottom of the page, select the blue plus icon to reveal the additional options. From here, you can send pictures, files, GIFs, and audio, or launch a game in Messenger.

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Select the Microphone icon. A new box will appear with a red Record button. When you’re ready to record your message, hit the Record icon, and begin speaking. Select the same button to finish your recording, or Cancel to delete the message.

Recording a Facebook Messenger Audio Message in the App

Facebook Messenger is available for Android and iOS:

Download: Facebook Messenger for Android | iOS (Free)

The process for recording an audio message with the Facebook Messenger app is very similar to doing so on the web.

First up, open the Facebook Messenger app, then browse to the person you want to send an audio message.

Alongside the text input box at the bottom of your screen, select and hold the Microphone icon. With the Microphone icon held down, you can record your audio message. Once you let go of the Microphone icon, the audio recording will send. If you want to cancel the audio recording before sending, swipe the icon up before releasing it and sending the recording.

Sending a Pre-Recorded Audio Message in Messenger

The previous section deals with sending a live audio recording on Facebook Messenger. How about if you want to pre-record your audio message, then send the audio recording in Messenger at a different time?

Facebook Messenger makes that process easy, too.

How to Send a Pre-Recorded Audio Message via Messenger on the Web

This part of the article assumes you have an audio recording ready to use. Open Facebook Messenger and browse to the person you want to send your audio recording. Alongside the text input box at the bottom of the page, select the blue plus icon to reveal the additional options.

Select the Add Files icon, then browse to the location of your audio recording. Add a message explaining what the audio file is (if you want), then send the message. The file will upload to Facebook Messenger, where the recipient can download to listen.

How to Send a Pre-Recorded Audio Message via Messenger in the App

Open the Facebook Messenger app, then browse to the person you want to send your audio message. Alongside the text input box at the bottom of your screen, select the Add Files icon. The Files options will appear below the text input box. From here, you can scroll through your files until you find your audio recording.

The audio file will upload to Facebook Messenger, where the recipient can download the file to listen later.

The Pros and Cons of Using Facebook for Audio Messages

In August 2019, Facebook admitted that a team of contractors was transcribing audio messages. The goal was to check the working of its AI listening and transcribing system, which it uses to check the content of audio messages, and transcribe them for users if required.

However, there was never any indication that human review was part of the process and, even though Facebook took steps to anonymize the data, it was a breach of privacy.

In that, the issue is a wider representation of what can happen if you send audio messages through Facebook. A Facebook representative might not listen to your audio recording. But that recording is recorded and therefore becomes part of your Facebook identity.

There are many reasons why Facebook is a security nightmare. Including the way the social network hoovers up any data that comes its way. So, if you do use Facebook to send an audio message, stick to basic topics, and avoid discussing anything particularly sensitive.

On the plus side, Facebook Messenger offers an easy option for sending quick audio messages. You can send a short shopping list or a friendly reminder to your other half, or voice record an amazing idea and send it straight away without fiddling around with a voice recording app.

For many people, Facebook Messenger’s basic audio recording option is more than enough, especially if you share the privacy concerns outlined above.

What’s the Best Way to Send Audio Recordings?

Facebook Messenger makes it extremely easy to send an audio recording to a friend, family member, colleague, or anyone else you know. And it’s one of the easiest methods to use, period.

You can also send voice messages on Instagram and WhatsApp, two other messaging services owned and operated by Facebook.

However, Twitter is a different kettle of fish altogether, as you cannot record audio to the platform directly. However, there are various ways to upload and post audio to Twitter.

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Facebook Thinks Everybody Should Wear Face Masks

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to affect our lives in a number of different ways, there’s a debate about whether everybody should be wearing face masks. Some people say face coverings help stop the spread, while others think they do more harm than good.

In the US, face masks have become a political issue. However, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommending people wear face masks in public, Facebook is reminding users to cover their faces to “prevent the spread of COVID-19”.

Facebook Reminds Users to Wear Face Masks

In a post on the Facebook Newsroom, the social network outlines some of the things it’s doing to keep people “safe and informed about the coronavirus”. One of which is placing alerts at the top of Facebook and Instagram reminding people to wear face masks.

On both Facebook and Instagram this alert will tell people to, “Wear a cloth face covering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19”. Users will also be directed to Facebook’s COVID-19 Information Center and the CDC website for more information on face coverings.

These alerts are only going to appear for users in the US (at least for now). This is due to “the rise in COVID-19 cases in the US.” And whatever you personally attribute that rise to, anything that can help flatten the curve once again is surely a good thing.

Facebook Wants You to Get the Facts on Coronavirus

While the wearing of face masks has become a political issue, especially in the US, this isn’t Facebook taking sides and pushing its own agenda. Instead, the social network is taking its cue from the CDC, a federal agency set up to protect public health.

This also isn’t Facebook’s first attempt to educate and inform the public about COVID-19. In April 2020, in an effort to counter some of the wild conspiracy theories flying around online, the social network invited users to get the facts on coronavirus.

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How to Save or Download Videos From Facebook: 7 Methods

Have you seen a great video clip on Facebook that you want to save for all eternity? Don’t worry. It’s easy to save or download Facebook videos, whether they are regular uploads or Facebook Live recordings. You just need the right tools for the job.

Some of the tools are web apps, and some are desktop apps. There’s even one tool that lets you download private Facebook videos. Regardless of the tool you use, you will be able to watch your downloaded Facebook video on any device you want, even if you are offline.

1. Downvids

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Downvids is a web-based Facebook video downloader. It’s easy to use and will let you download Facebook videos on an iPhone or Android handset, should you wish.

Just paste the video’s URL in the box, choose your quality using the drop-down menu below Select video format, and hit Download. A new box will pop up underneath. Hit Download for a second time, and the process will begin.

(NB: Make sure you watch out for all of the fake download buttons, as it’s very easy to get caught out by these.)

2. FBDown

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Like Downvids, FBDown is an easy-to-use Facebook video downloader. You just need to paste a link to get started. However, the app also offers an underused second method for downloading content. Let’s take a look at both approaches.

First, the link method. To begin, copy the link of the video you want, paste it into the box on the web app, and hit the Download button. The app will spend a few seconds processing your request. On the next screen, click Download Video in Normal Quality to save it to your computer. Again, watch out for the fake buttons.

Second, you can also try the FBDown Chrome extension. It will detect any video on the web page you’re currently looking at, then offer a way to download it via the icon in the upper right-hand corner of the browser. Best of all, it also works with videos on sites other than Facebook.

3. FBDown Private Facebook Videos

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FBDown also offers what is comfortably the most reliable way to download private Facebook videos.

Unfortunately, downloading private videos is nowhere near as straightforward as grabbing public videos. Let’s take a look at the step-by-step process using FBDown:

  1. Head to the private Facebook video you want to download.
  2. Right-click on the video and select Copy video URL.
  3. Head to FBDown’s private video downloader web app.
  4. Paste the copied URL and click Next.
  5. The tool will generate a link. Hit the Copy button and open the link in a new tab.
  6. Select and copy all the text.
  7. Paste it into the Page Source box on the web app.
  8. Click Download.

For more detailed instructions on how to save videos, check out our guide detailing how to download private Facebook videos.

Remember, be ethical when using this tool. People have made their videos private for a reason. Please don’t use this tool to publish, steal, or exploit other users’ content.

4. SaveFrom

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SaveFrom offers a web app and a Chrome extension, both of which let you copy a video from Facebook. The app also works with several other sites including YouTube, Vimeo, and Dailymotion, so it’s a good all-in-one solution if you’re a serial video downloader.

If you’ve been following along, you will be familiar with the first step: Grab the video’s URL, paste it into the on-screen box, and hit Download.

We’ve also touched on the second approach—SaveFrom’s Chrome extension. Sadly, the extension is not in the Chrome Web Store; you will need to sideload it. The process is quite convoluted and involves using MeddleMonkey, a tool that adds user script support to Chrome. Check out SaveFrom’s installation guide for more information.

If you use the web app, SaveFrom will also let you save a video from Facebook to your phone. Both Android and iOS are supported.

5. KeepVid

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KeepVid is one of the easiest ways to download any video off the internet. According to the tool’s literature, you can download content from more than 10,000 apps and web pages.

It’s also arguably the most full-featured of all the apps on this list. There’s an online downloader, a desktop app for Windows and macOS, and browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera.

The desktop programs are not free to use, though they do add extra functionality. However, if you just want to grab a couple of videos off Facebook, they’re not necessary; the online tool will satisfy your needs. To use it, grab the URL of the Facebook video you want, paste it into the box, and click Download.

6. mbasic Facebook

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Using mbasic Facebook refers to a trick whereby you access the mobile version of Facebook on a desktop machine. The upside is that this method does not rely on a third-party app; you are interacting directly with the Facebook site. On the downside, however, the mBasic version of Facebook is very, well, basic. Which means it isn’t the easiest site to navigate.

Type mbasic.facebook.com into your browser to get started. Then, using the mobile version of the site, navigate to the Facebook video you want to download. When you click the video to begin playback, it will open in its own tab in your browser.

Right-click on the video and select Save Video As to download the video off Facebook and save it on your computer or Android/iPhone.

7. Getfvid

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Getfvid doesn’t only let you save Facebook videos—you can also use the app to download MP3 files of audio clips. Furthermore, it works on desktop but also doubles as a way to save a video from Facebook to your phone. Just visit the Getfvid site from your mobile browser if you want to download to Android or iPhone.

Regardless of the operating system that you’re using, the download process is the same. Copy the URL of the video you want to download, paste it into the on-screen box, and hit the Download button.

If you don’t want to have to deal with the site, Getfvid also has a Chrome extension. It will let you download HD videos from Facebook in a single click. The extension does not work with private Facebook videos.

Other Ways to Download Facebook Videos

If you want to save or download a Facebook video, all of the tools we have discussed in this article will fulfill your needs. But of course, we’ve barely scratched the surface. There are lots of websites, mobile apps, and desktop programs that can achieve a similar outcome.

If these tools don’t work for you, don’t hesitate to try these other ways to download videos off websites. And if you’re an iOS user, check out how to download social media videos to your iPhone.

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WhatsApp Adds QR Codes and Animated Stickers

WhatsApp has introduced a number of new features. These include QR codes for adding new contacts and animated stickers to make messaging more fun. These new WhatsApp features will be rolling out over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for updates.

New WhatsApp Features to Make Use Of

In a post on the WhatsApp Blog, the company explains that while its “focus remains on providing a simple, reliable and private way for people to chat with friends and family,” it’s still looking for ways to push WhatsApp forward in terms of usefulness.

First up are QR codes which you can scan to add new contacts. Previously, you had to type in someone’s name and phone number to add them as a contact. Now, you can just scan their QR code to add them to your contacts. Which is both quicker and easier.

WhatsApp has also added animated stickers you can send while messaging people. As the name suggests, these are stickers (which you can already find alongside emojis and GIFs) that are animated. Allowing you to express yourself better in a message.

The other, smaller, new WhatsApp features are: Dark Mode is now available on WhatsApp Web and the desktop app, WhatsApp has improved the way group video calls work, and WhatsApp Status (how to use WhatsApp Status) is now available on KaiOS.

Other WhatsApp Features You Need to Know About

With more than 2 billion users worldwide to consider, WhatsApp doesn’t make changes lightly. So these new features will have been tested thoroughly before launch. Adding QR codes is particularly useful, as it takes the pain out of adding new contacts on WhatsApp.

While humans tend to be mostly interested in what’s shiny and new, there are some well-established WhatsApp features that all users should know about. These include how to disable read receipts, how to back up your chats, and how to silence notifications.

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7 Free Ways to Download or Save Instagram Videos

Instagram videos aren’t known for their quality or replayability. However, on the rare occasion that you do find a clip that you’d like to keep a copy of, you’re going to need to know how to save Instagram videos onto your smartphone or computer.

Thankfully, downloading videos from Instagram is as easy as pie. Just choose one of the free methods below to get started.

1. Video Downloader for Instagram

Available on: Android

Android users can find an abundance of specialist apps for downloading Instagram videos in the Google Play Store.

One of the most popular is Video Downloader for Instagram. It lets you download or repost videos from Instagram with a single tap. The app can even download the tags that accompany the videos.

The downloaded content is automatically added to your phone’s gallery app.

Download: Video Downloader for Instagram (Free)

2. IFTTT

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Available on: Android, iOS, Web

Do you want to download all of your Instagram videos? Or maybe save Instagram videos you like? You can set up an IFTTT applet. To get the applet working, you will need an IFTTT account, an Instagram account, and a Dropbox account.

The result is an automatic process in which any Instagram video you add or like is automatically downloaded and added to your chosen Dropbox folder. What could be simpler than that?

3. w3toys

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Available on: Web

Another tool that’s ideal for saving Instagram videos is w3toys. It lets you download any Instagram video in HD format, then save it into any of your device’s libraries.

To grab your video, find the URL of the video post on Instagram and paste it into the web app. When you’re ready, click on the Download button to start the saving process. Make sure you remove any junk tags from the end of the URL before you attempt the download, or else the process will fail.

The w3toys tool also works if you want to save Instagram videos, stories, highlights, and IGTV content. You can even download entire feeds that have a combination of all of the above.

4. Dredown

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Available on: Web

Dredown—which is still sometimes referred to by its previous name, Instadown—is one of the original Instagram video download tools, and it’s still going strong.

All Dredown needs to work is a URL. Paste the URL into the box and click Dredown. Within a few seconds, your browser will start downloading the Instagram video as an MP4 file.

Dredown works with more services than just Instagram. You can also use it to download content from YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Twitch, Vimeo, Metacafe, Vevo, Kohtakte, and Tumblr.

For all the services Dredown supports, you just need to know the URL of the post, video, or photo you want to save.

5. Regrammer

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Available on: Web

Regrammer used to be one of the best ways to download Instagram videos on iOS, but the app (since renamed) no longer supports the feature.

However, although the iOS app is gone, Regrammer lives on in web browsers. You can use it on any operating system to download an Instagram video to a PC or Mac. Once again, you’ll need the URL of the Instagram video you want to download to make the app work. When you have it, head to the Regrammer website, paste in the URL, and click Preview.

On the final page, you can choose to either download the video onto your device or repost it under your own name.

(NB: If you have an iOS device, you can also check out how to download videos from any social media site, not just Instagram.)

6. Documents + InstaDownloader

Available on: iOS

If you want to save Instagram videos onto your iOS device, the process is a little more complex. These days, you will struggle to find a regular Instagram video downloader in the Apple App Store, presumably because the practice breaches Instagram’s terms and conditions.

One solution is to pair the Documents app with a web-based downloader. For those who don’t know, Documents is probably the best iOS app for managing your system folders and keeping your files organized.

If you have the Documents app on your device and visit InstaDownloader, you can save the video directly onto your device and access/share/view it at your leisure.

Download: Documents (Free)

7. Blastup

blastup

Available on: Web

We will leave you with one more web app. It’s always sensible to keep a few web apps for downloading Instagram videos in your arsenal, as they will often go down for a couple of days at a time.

By now, you’ll be familiar with the process of using these services. Grab the URL of the video or picture you want, then paste it into the Blastup web app, and click Download Gram.

Depending on the size of the file, you should have a new MP4 on your computer within a matter of seconds. You can use the re-upload the video to a different social network, or just keep it on your hard drive so you can refer back to it later.

Can You Download Instagram Videos Legally?

As easy as it is to download videos off Instagram, don’t forget that you have no rights over videos you did not create.

Yes, you can download them. Yes, you can enjoy them. But don’t go uploading them as your own, or distributing them in any other way, especially without giving due credit. You wouldn’t want the same thing done to you.

Other Ways to Save Instagram Videos

If these apps don’t give the results you want when trying to download videos from Instagram, there are some additional methods you can use.

For example, you can one of the generic apps that let you download streaming video from websites. VideoGrabby, Video DownloadHelper, and Freemake Video Downloader are all solid options in this department.

Make sure you also check out our guides detailing how to download YouTube video playlists and how to download Periscope videos.

Not being able to download videos without using a third-party tool is just one of Instagram’s many annoyances. Thankfully, we’ve covered how to break Instagram restrictions in a separate article.

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How to Use TikTok on Your PC or Mac

TikTok’s mobile app isn’t the only way you can access the platform for short videos. In case you want to get your fill of TikTok on your PC or Mac, you’ll be happy to hear that TikTok gives you the ability to browse and upload videos on its website.

The only downside to the TikTok website is that you can’t use the built-in tools to edit your videos. So, in this article, we’ll explain how to use TikTok on your PC or Mac a couple of different ways. One of which removes any and all restrictions.

How to Use the TikTok Website

TikTok’s desktop site is incredibly simple to use, and lets you casually browse TikToks right from your computer. Just keep in mind that you can’t download TikTok videos from the desktop site. If you want to download TikTok videos to your desktop, you’ll have to use a third-party service.

How to Browse Videos on the TikTok Website

TikTok Desktop Landing Page

When you head to the TikTok website, you’ll be greeted by the site’s landing page. To start browsing, simply click the Watch now button in the top-right corner of the screen.

You’ll then get redirected to TikTok’s main feed of videos. From here, you can freely browse through trending TikToks. In case you want to sign in to your account, select Login in the top-right corner of the site.

TikTok Browse Feed Desktop Site

At the top of the feed, you’ll see three headings that you’re probably familiar with if you use TikTok on mobile: For YouFollowing, and Discover. While the For You tab will display TikTok’s recommended videos, the Following tab shows you the latest from the users you follow. Lastly, the Discover tab gives you plenty of new users and TikToks to check out.

On the right side of the screen, TikTok provides a list of suggested accounts, as well as a list of new accounts and hashtags to discover. You can still follow users, like videos, leave comments, and share videos just like you would in the app.

How to Uploading Videos to the TikTok Website

What if you just don’t want to browse TikToks, but you want to upload your own? To start posting your own videos, you’ll have to sign in to your account, and then hit the cloud icon at the top-right corner of the screen.

Upload Videos TikTok Desktop Site

If you have already edited your TikTok using one of the best video editing apps, click Select video to upload on the left side of the screen. Simply select the file from your computer, and wait for it to upload. Just keep in mind that your video has to have a resolution of 720×1280 or higher, and it must be no more than 60 seconds long.

After you successfully upload your video, you can add a caption, select a cover, and determine the privacy of your video. You can also give your viewers the chance to comment, as well as reply with a duet or reaction. Once you’re ready to post your TikTok, click Upload.

How to Use TikTok on Bluestacks

TikTok comes with a video editing feature that, unfortunately, isn’t available on the desktop site. If you prefer to use TikTok’s built-in editing tools, you’ll want to use an Android emulator on your PC or Mac to upload and edit your TikToks. An Android emulator lets you access the mobile version of TikTok from your computer. And for the purposes of this article, we’re using Bluestacks.

1. Download Bluestacks

Download Bluestacks PC Mac

To get started, you’ll need to download your Android emulator of choice. We’re using Bluestacks as it has a clean, user-friendly interface. And the best part is, you can use Bluestacks on a PC or Mac.

Download: Bluestacks for Windows or macOS (Free)

2. Install TikTok on Bluestacks

Bluestacks Home Screen

Once you download and open Bluestacks, you’ll notice that it has a similar look to a mobile device. On the home screen, ensure that the Game Center tab is selected, and hit the Google Play Store under the “Recommended for you” heading.

Bluestacks Google Play Store TikTok

Simply sign in to your Google account, and navigate to the Play Store’s search bar at the top of the screen. Search for TikTok, and hit Install. When you head back to the Library tab, you’ll notice that TikTok has been added.

3. Browse TikTok Using Bluestacks

Now that you’ve download TikTok on Bluestacks, you can finally start browsing. TikTok will appear in the same way it does on your smartphone.

Browse TikTok Bluestacks

Make sure to sign in to your account by hitting the Me tab at the bottom of the screen. Next to the Me tab, you’ll also find the Discover and Inbox tabs—hitting Discover brings you to a feed of trending users and hashtags, while the Inbox tab displays your recent messages.

Just like the mobile version of TikTok, you’ll also see the familiar Following and For You tabs at the top of the page. You can easily scroll through your TikTok feed using your mouse wheel or trackpad.

4. Upload and Edit TikTok Videos Using Bluestacks

Do you want to upload your own video to TikTok using Bluestacks? To do this, you first have to upload your video to Bluestacks, and then to TikTok.

First, open Bluestacks, and head to Home > Library, and click System Apps > Media Manager.

Media Manager Bluestacks TikTok

Select Import From Windows/Mac in the bottom-left corner of the emulator. Now, choose the video file that you want to upload to TikTok.

After you’ve imported the video to Bluestacks, you must now upload it to TikTok. Navigate back to the TikTok app, hit the plus button at the bottom of the page, and select Upload in the bottom-right of the recording screen.

When TikTok pulls up the media in the emulator’s library, you should see the video you just imported to Bluestacks. Once you select the video, hit Next to continue the uploading process.

TikTok will then direct you to its video editing tool. From here, you can crop the video, adjust its speed, and rotate it. When you’re done, select Next in the top-right corner of the screen to move onto the next stage of editing.

On the next screen, you can opt to add sounds, text, filters, effects, voiceovers, and stickers, just like the app. Click the arrow at the bottom-right corner of the screen to start entering the details of your post—describe your video, change the privacy settings, and toggle on duets and reactions.

When everything is finalized, go ahead and select Post at the bottom of the page.

Getting to Know TikTok on Your PC or Mac

So, now you know how to use TikTok on your PC or Mac. However, it might take some time to get used to the differences, whether you’re using the TikTok website or an emulator. However, they’re both reliable ways to browse and upload TikTok videos. Plus, it’s sometimes more convenient to browse TikTok on your computer, rather than having to constantly open the app on your smartphone.

Are you a budding TikTok star? Then check out how to get more TikTok fans and followers.

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How to Use WhatsApp Web on PC: The Ultimate Guide

WhatsApp Web offers a quick and easy way to read and reply to WhatsApp messages on your computer. It lets you use WhatsApp online from your browser. And in this guide we show you how to use WhatsApp Web on your PC.

What You Will Need to Run WhatsApp Web

Largely speaking, it’s a simple process and you’ll have the necessary items at hand. But for the sake of thoroughness, here’s the list.

  1. An Android phone or an iPhone with a working rear camera.
  2. A laptop or desktop computer with any modern web browser, like Google Chrome.
  3. An active internet connection for both your phone and your PC.
  4. The latest version of WhatsApp.

Download: WhatsApp for Android | iOS (Free)

How WhatsApp Web Works

How to Install and Use WhatsApp Web on any computer

WhatsApp Web does not have all the features of the mobile app. In fact, it can’t work without the mobile app. You will need your phone to connect to and use WhatsApp Web.

This is, in essence, a clone or a mirror of what’s happening on your phone. If a message comes to your phone, you’ll see it in WhatsApp Web. If your phone doesn’t get a message because it doesn’t have an active internet connection or it’s switched off, then you won’t see it in WhatsApp Web either.

This makes WhatsApp Web inferior to other chat apps, but in some ways, it also makes WhatsApp Web more secure.

How to Set Up WhatsApp Web

Once you have these elements ready, setting up WhatsApp Web is simple:

  1. Open the browser on your PC and go to web.whatsapp.com.
  2. You will see a QR code that you need to scan to connect to WhatsApp Web.
  3. On your WhatsApp mobile app, tap Menu > WhatsApp Web to start the QR code reader.
  4. Point your phone’s rear camera to the QR code on your PC screen.

As soon as WhatsApp Web scans the QR code, it will connect your phone to your PC. In a jiffy, WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp mobile will be synced. You are now ready to use WhatsApp online through the computer.

What You Can Do With WhatsApp Web

  • Use your keyboard to type.
  • Access media (photos, videos, audio) in-line. You can also download any media directly to your PC. However, you cannot bulk download all media files; you have to manually click each.
  • View videos from Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube without leaving the chat window, through Picture-in-Picture mode.
  • Start a new conversation with any contact, or search for existing conversations.
  • View contact information.
  • Start a new group chat, talk in group chats, and view group information.
  • Connect multiple computers to your phone and save them for future. You can also remotely disconnect any browser from your phone.
  • Get or mute desktop alerts and sounds.
  • Share photos and videos, documents, and contacts.
  • Send emojis, GIFs, and stickers, as well as voice notes.
  • View WhatsApp Status updates from any contact.
  • Select multiple messages, and clear messages.
  • Reply, forward, star, or delete messages.
  • Edit your profile.

What You Can’t Do With WhatsApp Web

  • You can’t send a WhatsApp Broadcast.
  • You can’t make or receive WhatsApp Voice calls or WhatsApp Video calls.
  • You can’t post new WhatsApp Status updates.
  • You can’t share maps or your current location.
  • You can’t change media download settings, so all photos and videos sent to you are downloaded automatically.
  • You can’t use two browsers at the same time. While you can add multiple browsers/PCs to your phone, you can only use one at a time.
  • Settings are limited to notifications through WhatsApp Web and chat wallpapers.

Using Multiple WhatsApp Accounts

You can use multiple accounts with WhatsApp Web on one computer

Some folks have two numbers associated with two different WhatsApp accounts. You can still control WhatsApp online for both on a single PC.

To do that, you will need to open WhatsApp Web in two different browsers, such as Chrome and Opera. Alternately, you can open WhatsApp Web in an incognito window, but that automatically logs you out after an hour.

What Makes WhatsApp Web Special

WhatsApp Web is special because of the keyboard, you can finally type fast

So why should you use WhatsApp Web when it’s more limited than the phone? Because of the keyboard, of course.

If you want to engage in long conversations with someone, it’s easier to type using a keyboard. In fact, WhatsApp Web also works with WhatsApp Business, and you’ll be glad that you can take care of multiple customers through it.

You can use keyboard shortcuts too. The most useful two to remember are Ctrl + Shift + [ to go to the previous chat, and Ctrl + Shift + ] to go to the next chat.

How Safe Is WhatsApp Web?

While it initially got some flak for its lack of security, WhatsApp now boasts end-to-end encryption for all of its messages. This extends to WhatsApp Web as well.

Still, it’s a good idea to employ the best security practices for WhatsApp and understand how safe your photos are in WhatsApp, whether you’re using it your phone or using WhatsApp Web. For example, if you have to use WhatsApp Web on a different computer, always open it through an incognito window.

How to Log Out of WhatsApp Web

How to log out of all devices connected to whatsapp web

If you are using WhatsApp Web on your own computer, you can stay logged in even when you are done. It’s convenient.

If you are using it on someone else’s computer, then remember to log out after you are done using WhatsApp online. It’s best to do this on both the computer and the mobile app.

  1. To log out of WhatsApp Web through your computer, go to Menu > Log out.
  2. To log out of WhatsApp Web through your phone, go to Menu > WhatsApp Web > Log out from all devices. As the name indicates, this will close WhatsApp Web on any computer you are logged in.

Once you log out, you will need to run the WhatsApp Web QR Code scan again to reconnect to the device.

WhatsApp Web Tips and Tricks

The more you know about WhatsApp Web, the more astounded you will be by what you can achieve with it. In fact, we prefer it to the official desktop apps for WhatsApp since WhatsApp Web is more feature-filled, and even offers extensions.

There’s also a clever hack that makes WhatsApp Web worth using. Through WhatsApp Web, you can actually read your WhatsApp messages without marking them with blue ticks. It’s a sneaky one, but if you want to learn how to do that and more, check out our list of WhatsApp Web tips and tricks everyone should know.

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7 WhatsApp Web Tips and Tricks All Users Should Know

WhatsApp Web is the easy way to use WhatsApp on any computer in the world, as long as you have your phone to sign in. Once you know how to use WhatsApp Web on your PC, these tips and tricks will make WhatsApp Web even better.

Now that you know the basics of using WhatsApp Web, including what it can and can’t do, it’s time to enhance WhatsApp Web with some simple tips and tricks…

1. Learn WhatsApp Web’s Keyboard Shortcuts

keyboard shortcuts for WhatsApp Web

In order to take full advantage of using WhatsApp Web on your computer, you need to learn some keyboard shortcuts. These can make you a typing ninja who does everything a bit faster. Here’s a list of keyboard shortcuts that work in WhatsApp Web:

  • Ctrl + N: Start new chat
  • Ctrl + Shift + ]: Next chat
  • Ctrl + Shift + [: Previous chat
  • Ctrl + E: Archive chat
  • Ctrl + Shift + M: Mute chat
  • Ctrl + Backspace: Delete chat
  • Ctrl + Shift + U: Mark as unread
  • Ctrl + Shift + N: Create new group
  • Ctrl + P: Open profile status

Apart from these, you can also employ all of the universal Windows keyboard shortcuts, such as Ctrl + Shift + Equals to zoom and enlarge text. The same goes for Mac keyboard shortcuts too, of course.

2. Type and Search Emojis With a Keyboard

Instant messaging feels incomplete without emojis. But it takes forever to change from the keyboard to the mouse, click the emoji icon next to the text box, and then find the right emoji. There’s a faster WhatsApp Web trick for keyboard warriors.

While in the regular text box, type colon (Shift + ;/: Key) followed by the first two letters of the emotion you want to express. You will get a prompt of matching emojis that change with each letter you type.

:th will show this:

add emojis quickly in WhatsApp Web

:thu will show this:

type a colon followed by letters to see emoji previews in WhatsApp Web

Use the keyboard’s arrow keys to switch back and forth between the emojis displayed. Press Enter to accept.

You can also access the emojis, stickers, and GIFs button by pressing Shift+Tab when in any chat window. This will highlight the emoji icon, so press Enter to bring up the emojis, stickers, and GIFs menu. Press Tab and Shift+Tab to cycle through the three choices. Navigate within their menu with the arrow keys.

It’s a much faster way to type, and it will help if you familiarize yourself with the emoji to English dictionary.

3. Auto-Change Emoticons to Emojis (or Not)

Whatsapp Web auto-changes a set of text emoticons to emojis as a great keyboard shortcut

Some emojis don’t need the colon-and-type trick above because one of the best features of WhatsApp Web is to auto-convert them from the classic text emoticons. A helpful redditor extracted the full list of auto-converted emoticons, pictured above.

Again, learning these WhatsApp Web shortcuts for the keyboard will make your typing much faster if you practice them regularly.

That said, this auto-conversion can be annoying for some people, so there’s an easy fix to keep them as emoticons. All you need is a userscript called WhatsApp Emoticon Preserver.

  1. Install Tampermonkey, a cross-platform userscript manager, on your browser of choice.
  2. Go to WhatsApp Emoticon Preserver.
  3. Click the blue Install button.
  4. Refresh the WhatsApp Web tab in your browser.

Please note, this will show emoticon characters on your screen, but the recipient will still see them as emojis.

4. Use Multiple WhatsApp Accounts on the Same PC

How to use multiple WhatsApp Web accounts on your computer at the same time

Some people have two phones with separate WhatsApp accounts, or maybe you use a dual-SIM phone with multiple WhatsApp apps. If you want to run two WhatsApp Web accounts on your computer, you can’t just open two tabs in Chrome and sign in separately.

The best WhatsApp Web trick to use multiple accounts is to open an incognito window or different browser. So if you have one account signed into Chrome, start a new window in Incognito Mode, or fire up a second browser and go to WhatsApp Web through that. Log in as you normally would, using your other account to read the QR code.

In Incognito Mode, you can use WhatsApp Web for an hour before it automatically logs you out.

5. Read Messages Without Blue Tick Notifications

Use this WhatsApp Web trick to read messages without the blue ticks to notify the other user

As long as you have those blue tick marks enabled, people can see the exact time you read their text. You can switch off Read Receipts on your phone if you want to disable this, but there’s a cool WhatsApp Web trick to get around this.

If you are talking with someone on WhatsApp and want to read their messages without them getting a read receipt, here’s what you do:

  1. Open the chat in your WhatsApp Web window.
  2. Open a Notepad file (or any other window), and change its size so that you can see the full WhatsApp Web chat in the background.
  3. Click in the Notepad file and keep your cursor there. This is the critical step, as the computer thinks you are working in a different window.
  4. Messages will load in the background chat window, which you can see, without being marked as read with the blue ticks. Right now, they will be double grey ticks, meaning the messages are received by you, but not read.
  5. When you’re OK with marking them as read, click the WhatsApp Web chat window and those ticks will instantly turn blue.

The limitation of this method is that you can only read the content of one chat at a time. But how often do you really need to use this WhatsApp Web trick anyway?

6. Get WAToolkit Extension for Message Previews

WAToolkit is a Chrome Extension that makes up for missing WhatsApp Web features

In WAToolkit, Chrome users have an excellent extension to add extra features to WhatsApp Web. It adds two cool tricks to built-in WhatsApp Web features, including one that lets you again read conversations without triggering the Read Receipt.

  1. Background Notifications: When you get a new message in WhatsApp, you no longer need to switch to the WhatsApp Web tab to read it. The WAToolkit icon’s badge shows how many unread messages you have. Hover over the icon and you’ll be able to preview the messages, without registering them as having been read in your main chat.
  2. Full-Width Chat Bubbles: By default, WhatsApp doesn’t stretch a person’s chat bubble across the full width of the chat window. That’s why you get multi-line texts when it would easily fit in a single line of your wide desktop window. WAToolkit fixes this by changing the text bubbles to full-width.

Remember, you can also use Google Chrome extensions in Opera and other browsers.

Download: WAToolkit for Chrome (Free)

7. Enable Dark Mode for WhatsApp Web

Dark WhatsApp Web extension for Chrome enables and disables Dark Mode for WhatsApp Web in one click

Dark Mode is a hidden WhatsApp Web feature that the company hasn’t yet launched to the public. You will find articles online about how to change the code in a browser tab to enable Dark Mode, and it’s not too hard, but might seem daunting for some.

But the easier way is to download the Dark WhatsApp Web extension. It’s a neat WhatsApp Web shortcut to implement exactly what the code changes bring about, but without all that hassle. With one click, you can switch Dark Mode on and off in WhatsApp Web.

Download: Dark WhatsApp Web for Chrome (Free)

You Can Also Use WhatsApp Web on Apple Devices

All of these tips and tricks require you to use WhatsApp Web on a desktop computer, ideally through the Google Chrome web browser.

However, you can also trick your Apple devices into working with WhatsApp Web, so here’s how to use WhatsApp Web on your iPad.

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How to Get Someone Off Your Best Friends List on Snapchat

Snapchat is the go-to social media platform for many people between the ages of 13 and 25. Although Snapchat has stolen some of its glory in recent years.

The app lists your contacts in the Send To function, and right at the top, you’ll find your “Best Friends”. But what does Best Friends mean on Snapchat? Can anyone else see who you’re friends with? And how can you get someone off your Best Friends list on Snapchat?

In this article, we explain all of this and more, helping you figure out Snapchat’s Best Friends feature once and for all.

How Does Snapchat’s “Best Friends” Work?

Your Best Friends list on Snapchat keeps track of the people you chat with most often. It appears at the top of your main friends list, making those users more accessible when you’re sending a new snap.

But how does Snapchat calculate who your Best Friends are? It’s pretty simple.

You may have noticed that every user has a Snap Score—a measure of the total number of Snaps sent and received since joining. A similar score is assigned to individual conversations between you and your friends. The more you chat with a particular person, the higher your friendship score becomes.

To determine your Best Friends list, Snapchat analyzes these scores and lists the friends you chat with the most, in order of your friendship score.

What Do Snapchat’s “Friend Emojis” Mean?

hearts emoticon snapchat mean Best Friends

How can you tell who your Snapchat Best Friends are? Most importantly, they’ll appear at the top of your Send To screen. You can also click on your profile (the circle to the top-left of your interface), then My Friends, and your Best Friends are listed at the top.

When you swipe to your Chat screen, you’ll see your contacts listed alongside emojis. These show your Best Friends too.

Here’s what some of them mean:

  • Baby: You’re new friends.
  • Double pink heart: This is your #1 Best Friend; you’ve also been their #1 Best Friend for at least two months.
  • Red heart: You’ve been each other’s #1 Best Friend for two weeks.
  • Gold heart: You’re each other’s #1 Best Friend, albeit for fewer than two weeks.
  • Smile: Your Best Friends, though not your #1 Best Friend.
  • Fire: This appears when you’re on a “Snapstreak,” along with the number of consecutive days you’ve snapped each other. Learn about Snapstreaks and how to get a lost one back.

Emojis are also used by contacts in Snaps and Chats. If you use the service, you need to understand the meanings of Snapchat emojis.

Best Friends on Snapchat: Your Questions Answered

Before we show you how to get someone off your Best Friends list, let’s cover some of the related questions you may have about the feature.

Can Other Users See Your Best Friends List on Snapchat?

You might be concerned about privacy and want to know how to hide Best Friends on Snapchat. But don’t worry: no one else can see who you’re friends with on the app.

Others used to be able to see Best Friends lists. For instance, a smirking emoji showed when you’re someone’s Best Friend, but they’re not one of yours.

Fortunately, Snapchat saw the light and deleted this feature. Beware: the “Oops” and “Smiling-Face-With-Sunglasses” smileys still indicate shared Best Friends.

How Many Best Friends Can You Have on Snapchat?

You can have up to eight Best Friends.

Some only have one or two. Others converse with so many people, the Best Friends emojis shift between contacts daily.

How Can You Make Someone Your Best Friend on Snapchat?

You can’t specifically “set” someone as your Best Friend. Snapchat’s algorithm works by analyzing who you converse with most.

If you want someone to be your Best Friend on Snapchat, send them lots of Snaps and Chats! Of course, you should make sure the feeling’s mutual—there’s little point in bombarding someone with Snaps if it’s just going to annoy them.

And while one user might be your Best Friend, that doesn’t mean you’re necessarily theirs.

How To Remove Snapchat Best Friends

Remember, only you can see who your Best Friends are anyway. Nonetheless, you might still want to remove Best Friends from your Snapchat. It can be easy, but it depends on how frequently you Snap or Chat to them. You used to be able to block someone and then add them again, but this method no longer works.

You have three options.

How to Delete Friends on Snapchat

The first is to remove that friend entirely. This might be because of a break-up, and you don’t want to be reminded of them every time you open the platform.

Open the Chat function, to the left of your camera interface. Then click on the vertical ellipsis at the top-right of your screen, and tap either Remove Friend or Block.

Remove Friend is a temporary option: it’s easy to undo and they can still message you. Block is more permanent—this option will remove them from your Best Friends list, and indeed the app overall.

That user will no longer be able to see your Snap Score, so may presume they’ve been removed or blocked. And here’s how to tell if someone blocked you on Snapchat.

How to Get Rid of Your Best Friends on Snapchat

This isn’t ideal, but since Snapchat removed the loophole that let you block then add users again, it’s the only way. You’ve got to use the algorithm to your own advantage.

How? You need to send fewer Snaps and Chats to the person you don’t want listed as a Best Friend any more. Prioritize someone else.

So how long do the Best Friend emojis last on Snapchat? This depends largely on how many contacts you have and how many you talk to frequently.

If you know very few people on Snapchat, sending one Snap might mean they instantly become your Best Friend. If you know lots of people and have numerous Snapstreaks going, you’ll probably have many Best Friends.

How to Hide Best Friends on Snapchat

The third option disguises who your Best Friends are. Let’s posit that someone you know often checks your smartphone and wants to know who you’re regularly in contact with. You should really implement better security, but perhaps you don’t want to lock someone out of your phone completely.

There’s nothing you can do to hide Best Friends on the Send To screen, but you can mask it on the Chat screen (which someone else is most likely to check).

You can hide who your Best Friends are by changing the related emoji.

Open your profile then click the cog icon in the top-right. iOS users should go to Manage > Friend Emojis then click on whichever field you want to toggle. These include Super BFF, BFF, Besties, and BFs. You can change the emoji to whatever you want, as long as two fields don’t share the same one.

Android users can do this by clicking on Customize Emojis, also found after clicking on the cog icon.

Don’t Worry About Being Best Friends on Snapchat

Knowing you’re not someone’s Best Friend on Snapchat shouldn’t concern you. Maybe you just don’t talk enough on the app, but that doesn’t mean you’re not good friends in real life. After all, Snapchat’s Best Friends feature doesn’t account for SMS, messaging platforms, or face-to-face conversations.

Nonetheless, plenty of people take Snapchat seriously. So, if you use the service, you should at least learn some common Snapchat terms, to familiarize yourself with the lingo.

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How to Use Instagram on Your PC With 4K Stogram

Accessing your Instagram account on a desktop computer is a bit clunky. Further, your image download options are limited, and you have no option to restore the data.

A desktop Instagram app like 4K Stogram is a smart solution to this. Here’s how you can use it to download Instagram photos to your PC in bulk based on hashtag, username, or location.

Download Your Instagram Photos to Any Computer

To get started with the free edition of 4K Stogram, grab a copy and install it on your computer. It’s available for Windows, macOS, and Ubuntu.

Once it’s up and running, you can start searching by username, hashtags, or location. However, it’s smarter to log into your account if you have one.

Access Instagram on your PC with 4K Stogram

To do this, click the profile icon, then choose Login. Alternatively, go to Tools > Login. Input your credentials and a moment later, your Instagram posts will appear in the grid.

You can browse through these, right-click to get more options (such as Browse on Instagram and sharing options), and browse on your PC. You can also view Instagram photos and videos from within 4K Stogram. Note that they will open in your computer’s corresponding default media apps.

Check the Preferences menu (either Tools > Preferences or found by clicking your profile) to confirm the Output Folder. By default, this is a subfolder in the system images library—for example, on Windows it appear in the Pictures directory. Change it here if necessary.

Set your download folder for Instagram images

To save the photos in your Instagram account, you must use the premium version of 4K Stogram. This is available in Personal and Professional licenses; you can upgrade after trying out the free version.

Backing up your Instagram account is simple. With the account logged into 4K Stogram, click File > Export Posts. This will save a CSV file that includes the account name and file path to the downloaded images and videos.

You’ll find the images and MP4 videos download to the default output folder. 4K Stogram saves files in the same resolution as they were uploaded in, with filenames corresponding to the date and time.

Download Instagram images to your PC with 4K Stogram

Downloading occurs in the background—your OS will inform you when the download completes.

Browse Instagram By Hashtag, Username, or Location

Whether you have an Instagram account or not, you can browse the service from your desktop with 4K Stogram.

Searching for Users, Hashtags, and Locations is simple. Just enter the search term, find the account or hashtag, select it, and click Subscribe. For easier searching with a search term, use the filter box (magnifying glass icon).

To find, say, all the posts from the official LEGO account, enter “Lego”, select the account, then click Subscribe. Recent posts will show in the field below the search bar. Click the right-arrow to find more.

Backup images from other accounts with 4K Stogram

Again, you can download images to your PC using the Export Posts option.

What Else Can You Do With 4K Stogram?

With 4K Stogram you can also:

  • Browse your friends’ feeds and download their photos and videos
  • Download photos from private accounts that you’re friends with

The premium version of 4K Stogram adds the ability to download Instagram Stories, comments, and metadata. It’s also ad-free for an uninterrupted Instagram browsing and backup experience on your PC.

Enjoy Instagram on Your PC With 4K Stogram

4K Stogram is easy to use and gets you as close to a full Instagram experience as possible on your computer. With a smart, intuitive user interface, you’ll have the images you’re looking for saved in just a few minutes.

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