WhatsApp Web vs WhatsApp: what can and can’t do on the web compared to phone

Whatsapp what can you do
Whatsapp what can you do

We are going to talk to you about what can you do on WhatsApp Web and what cannot do regarding WhatsApp in its mobile version. WhatsApp Web is a good alternative for when you are in front of a computer and you want to use the activated WhatsApp application directly from the browser without having to use your mobile.

It is not an independent application to use on the computer such as Telegram, but basically a link with which you can connect via WiFi to your mobile app. But it is that in addition to the limitation that you have to have the mobile app turned on to use WhatsApp Web, there are also several other things that you cannot do in the browser when you are using this service, and that is what we are going to talk about today.

In this article we are going to focus on thoroughly reviewing the functions of the application, and see which of them can be done in one version or another. We are going to start with a complete table with all the functions, and then we will explain the main differences that you can find between them.

WhatsApp Web vs WhatsApp: diferencias

As we have said, we are going to start with a complete picture in which you can see all the differences. It is an updated table, which means that there are functions that were not present in WhatsApp Web at first, but now they are.

FUNCTIONWHATSAPPWHATSAPP WEB
SEND MESSAGESYesYes
SEND PICTURESYesYes
ADD FILTERS TO PHOTOSYesDo not
ADD COMMENTS TO PHOTOSYesYes
SEND MULTIPLE PHOTOS AT ONCEYesYes
SEND PHOTOS WITH THE CAMERAYesYes
SEND VIDEOSYesYes
SHARE DOCUMENTSYesYes
SHARE CONTACTSYesYes
SHARE LOCATIONYesDo not
SHARE AUDIOYesDo not
SEND EMOJISYesYes
SEND GIFSYesYes
SEND STICKERSYesYes
SEND VOICE MESSAGESYesYes
VOICE CALLSYesDo not
VIDEO CALLSYesDo not
VIEW STATUSESYesYes
CREATE STATESYesDo not
SEARCH CONVERSATIONS AND CONTACTSYesYes
SEARCH WITHIN A CONVERSATIONYesYes
EDIT YOUR PROFILEYesYes
EMPTY CONVERSATIONYesYes
SET CONVERSATIONYesYes
ARCHIVE CONVERSATIONSYesYes
MUTE CONVERSATIONYesYes
MARK AS UNREADYesYes
SET PRIVACYYesDo not
CONFIGURE SECURITYYesDo not
SET NUMBER CHANGEYesDo not
CONFIGURE NOTIFICATIONSYesYes
SET WALLPAPERYesYes
CONFIGURE BLOCKEDYesYes
CONFIGURE AUTOMATIC DOWNLOADYesDo not
CHECK DATA USAGEYesDo not
ADD CONTACTYesDo not
CREATE GROUPYesYes
CREATE BROADCASTYesDo not

What can and cannot be done on Whatsap Web

As you can see in the table, WhatsApp Web allows you to do most of the main actions of the application. You can send photos, messages, documents, videos, and contacts. However, in the sharing functions there are a couple of absences such as location or audio. However, for audio there is a little trick, and that is that if you use the option to send documents you can attach any file, including any audio or MP3 that you have on your computer.

In the rest of the conversation options, you will not miss anything, since you can use emojis, GIFs and stickers in the same way and with the same search engine that you use on your mobile. You can also use the search within a conversation, the search for chats and contacts, and the options to empty conversations, archive them, silence them or fix them.

WhatsApp Web also allows you to use the webcam of your computer or laptop to send photos or videos, but keep in mind that you will have to give the browser permission to access. You can also send voice messages in this way, using the microphone that you have connected to the computer or integrated into the webcam.

There are other chat-related options that are available, such as notifications or wallpaper settings. You will also be able to use the WhatsApp statuses, both to see those of your contacts from the web and to create your own using the webcam.

Perhaps what you miss the most is that WhatsApp Web does not allow you to make voice or video calls. This would have been nice to be able to use it as an alternative to Skype using the webcam, but it seems that for now it will be time to wait.

You won’t have most of the configuration options that WhatsApp has either, at least you don’t have the account settings. These are with which you can manage privacy, security, two-step verification or change of number. None of this you can do from the web. You will also not be able to adapt the automatic download, or check the use of data.

Options such as creating broadcast are missing, although you can create groups, and you will not be able to add contacts to the agenda. For that you will have to resort to the mobile app. In short, we can say that most essential conversation options are available, but when you try to delve into advanced settings and options is when you have to turn to your device.