With over 5 billion downloads on the Google Play Store, WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps. Many people use the Meta-owned app as their primary method of online communication because it is feature-rich and easy to use. Most of us know that only one WhatsApp account can be used on mobile devices unless you open a second account with WhatsApp Business. Meanwhile, there are workarounds to run multiple WhatsApp accounts on smartphones, one of which is to use clone apps.

Use multiple WhatsApp on desktop
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With the advent of WhatsApp linking, users can now link their WhatsApp accounts to their PCs, which is very useful for most people. However, the web app only allows you to use one account on a desktop, which is not ideal for those who have multiple WhatsApp accounts. Fortunately, as with smartphones, there are some workarounds for using multiple Whatsapp accounts on desktop, which we will discuss in this article.

How to log in to WhatsApp on a Desktop?

Before we get into the different methods you can use to have multiple WhatsApp accounts on the desktop, let’s talk about how to sign into WhatsApp on a PC.

1. Visit web.whatsapp.com on your PC to get the QR code that you need to scan to connect to your WhatsApp.

WhatsApp Web

2. Go to your WhatsApp on your phone and click on the icon with three dots.

3. Select Linked device and tap on LINK A DEVICE.

Link WhatsApp

4. Follow the on-screen prompts to display the QR code scanner and point it to the QR code on the WhatsApp web page.

It’ll take a few seconds for your WhatsApp to connect to your PC, and that’s all.

How to Use Multiple Whatsapp Accounts on Desktop

If you are someone who uses multiple WhatsApp accounts and need to connect the account to your PC at once, here are several methods to do so:

Method 1: Use Multiple WhatsApp Accounts on the same browser

If you want to open multiple WhatsApp accounts on your PC with the same browser, you can use one of the following methods.

i. Create a new browser profile

Browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and many others have a feature that allows you to create multiple profiles. This creates a separate location for each activity you perform within the browser and avoids confusion. Therefore, it is possible to connect several WhatsApp accounts to the browser since each profile you create works more or less like a new browser without any associated data.

For a given browser profile, the WhatsApp account you connect to is saved, and you have to log out of that account to use another WhatsApp account, which might not be practical for someone who uses multiple WhatsApp accounts. Fortunately, by using different browser profiles, you can connect your other WhatsApp accounts to the browser and thus use multiple WhatsApp accounts on the desktop. Here is how to create a new profile in browsers:

For Chrome:

1. Click the profile icon (usually your picture if you set one for the Google account associated with your default profile) in the top-right corner of the Chrome homepage.

2. Navigate to the Add menu and select it.

Open new Chrome profile to use multiple WhatsApp accounts

3. Another Chrome window will open where you should click Continue without an account.

4. Create a name for the profile and choose whether you want to create a desktop shortcut for it.

5. Now, tap Done.

6. You can now use the previous steps to connect your other WhatsApp account(s) with the new Chrome profile(s).

For Firefox:

1. In Firefox, type about:profiles and press Enter.

2. Click on Create a New Profile.

Create new Firefox profile

3. Follow the on-screen instructions, name the profile, and tap Finish.

4. To switch to the created profile, navigate to it on the About Profiles page and select Launch profile in new browser.

For Edge:

1. Click the profile icon at the top-right corner of the Edge homepage and select Add profile.

New Profile on Edge

2. Select Add and tap Start without your data in the resulting window.

3. Now, hit Confirm and start using profile.

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You can always switch to any of your profiles by clicking the profile icon in the browser and selecting the profile from there.

ii. Incognito Mode

What makes it impossible for you to use multiple WhatsApp accounts in one browser profile is the fact that your browser data is stored. This means that your browser will only recognize the logged-in WhatsApp account, and you will have to log out before you can connect a new account. However, with the help of incognito mode, you can use another WhatsApp account in your browser. Here is how to open the incognito mode in your browser:

For Chrome, click the three-dot icon on the Chrome homepage and select New Incognito Window.

For Firefox, click the three-line icon and select New Private Window.

For Edge, click the three-dot icon and select New InPrivate window.

Method 2: Use another browser

Another way to open multiple WhatsApp accounts is to use different browsers on your computer. It’s quite simple: you just need to download a new browser and log in to it if you want to use more than one WhatsApp account on your PC. The more browsers you can download to your computer, the more WhatsApp accounts you can use on it.

Method 3: Use the SessionBox extension

SessionBox is a Chrome extension that allows users to log in to multiple accounts on a single website using their browser. Although it is primarily designed for browsers, SessionBox works like a smartphone app cloner. Using Chrome or Microsoft Edge, you can use this extension to use multiple WhatsApp accounts on the desktop. Here is how to use SessionBox to use multiple WhatsApp accounts on the desktop:

1. Go to the SessionBox page on Chrome Web Store and Add it to your extensions.

add sessionbox

2. After adding the extension, pin it to your browser’s toolbar. You’ll get a tab showing the SessionBox demo; just close it.

sessionbox demo

3. Open WhatsApp Web in the browser; log out if you were logged into an account before. Click on the SessionBox extension to replicate the WhatsApp Web tab on the WhatsApp Web homepage.

4. Follow the on-screen prompts and tap Sign in as guest.

sign in as guest

5. On the SessionBox window, click the circled plus icon(New stored session) at the front of the WhatsApp Web link to create the session.

create new session

6. Name the session and press OK.

name the session

7. Now scan the WhatsApp web barcode for each session (tabs) you’ve opened, starting from the original one.

You can open as many WhatsApp Web pages as possible using this extension. Also, as long as they are created as stored sessions, you can always access them by clicking the SessionBox extension icon on your browser’s toolbar.

Note:
If the WhatsApp linking in a session isn’t successful on the first try, scanning the barcode again and wait for the connection to be re-established. I also tried using SessionBox in Firefox, but it didn’t work. In the meantime, the next method should work for Firefox users.

Method 4: Multi-Account Container for Firefox

We have a workaround for Firefox users who want to use multiple WhatsApp accounts on their desktops. You can set up multiple accounts in Firefox without having to log out of one, thanks to an add-on called Multi-Account Container, which works more like browser profiles. You can learn how to set it up and use multiple WhatsApp accounts with it below:

1. Add Multi-Account Containers to Firefox.

2. Go to the WhatsApp Web homepage and click the Multi-Account Containers extension icon on your Firefox toolbar.

3. Follow all the on-screen prompts to get started with the extension.

4. After setting up everything, click Reopen This Site in…

reopen tab in another profile

5. Select one of the Add-on profiles.

select profile

6. Link your WhatsApp accounts on each of the WhatsApp Web tabs opened with the extension and start using multiple accounts at once.

Final Words: WhatsApp desktop app multiple accounts

We have already mentioned the best ways to use multiple WhatsApp accounts on a desktop. In the browser profile method, you simply need to create as many profiles as possible in your browser to use multiple WhatsApp accounts on the desktop. The same goes for the second method. Let us know which method you prefer by leaving a comment below.

FAQs on Using Multiple WhatsApp Accounts on Web

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WhatsApp doesn't support using multiple accounts on the same phone. However, there are some methods you can use to run more than one account on your phone, and one of them is by using cloning apps like Dual Space and Parallel Space. These applications are available on both the Play Store and the App Store.

Although WhatsApp doesn't allow for the use of more than one WhatsApp account, you can still use multiple accounts on your laptop. Based on the different methods we've covered in the article, you can use as many WhatsApp accounts as possible, with the limitation being your computer resources required to run as many instances of WhatsApp.

If you want to use WhatsApp on your computer, you can do it through any browser. So, yes, you can use WhatsApp on the Firefox browser.

To turn WhatsApp in the desktop to dark mode, follow these steps:
1. Open WhatsApp on your PC and click on the three-dot icon at the top of your account chats.
2. Select Settings and tap on Theme.
3. Hit Dark under the Choose Theme page and select OK.

You can have as many WhatsApp accounts/sessions as you want on your PC or Mac. There are multiple ways available to achieve this, which bypass WhatsApp's restriction on using only one account at a time. The simplest way is to use different browsers for different WhatsApp accounts. You can also use browser extensions like SessionBox to run multiple WhatsApp accounts on desktop within the same browser.

The simplest way to add another account to WhatsApp on a Desktop is to open a new incognito tab and go to web.whatsapp.com. You can also try logging in from another browser. The alternate way is to use a Chrome extension like Sessionbox to use multiple WhatsApp Web accounts in a single browser.

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