WhatsApp on Apple Watch: the best way to use the messaging service

WhatsApp is the most popular messaging service in the world with an estimated 2 billion users worldwide.

That’s almost twice as many Facebook Messenger or WeChat users. But despite its global reach, there is one area where its absence makes it meaningful: your wrist.

Despite years of user demand, there is still no sign of an official WhatsApp app for the Apple Watch.

Will there be a WhatsApp Apple Watch app?

To the best of our knowledge, there will be no official WhatsApp Apple Watch app any time soon. Or maybe ever.

Why is there no Apple Watch app for WhatsApp?

At first glance, it seems child’s play: Of course, Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook and owner of WhatsApp, wants the world’s most popular chat service on the world’s most popular smartwatch. But there are several reasons why Meta is unlikely to be creating a WhatsApp app anytime soon or ever.

First of all, WhatsApp probably doesn’t need a smartwatch app: It works quite well without it, after all, it comes in second place behind Facebook and YouTube in the world’s most popular social networks. It’s likely that Facebook, as it was called when it acquired WhatsApp, thought about the cost and decided it wasn’t worth it.

The second and more important reason is that Facebook wants a single unified infrastructure for its messaging apps.

How to get WhatsApp notifications on your Apple Watch

While there is no official WhatsApp Apple Watch app, the service supports some of Apple’s notification features. So if you have the app installed on your iPhone, you can also receive your notifications on your Apple Watch.

To do this, you need to enable notifications on your iPhone by going to Settings> Notifications> WhatsApp and selecting your notification settings. You want to turn on Show in Notification Center and Show on lock screen.

Once you’ve done that, the next step is to go to the Watch app on your iPhone and tap on Notifications. Scroll down to the Mirror Alerts From section and you should see WhatsApp at the very bottom. Make sure the toggle switch is on (if it’s green).

You should now receive WhatsApp notifications on your Apple Watch.

How to reply to WhatsApp messages on your Apple Watch

WhatsApp on the Apple Watch

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If you are using notifications, tap Reply to your incoming notification and your watch will give you a choice of predefined replies such as “Hello”, “What’s up?”, “On the way” or “OK”.

Or, you can tap the blank answer box to add your own custom answer, which you can enter using Scribble Text Entry or Siri Dictation. There is also a button for those important emojis.

Which third-party WhatsApp apps work on Apple Watch?

WhatsApp on the Apple Watch

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There are some, although reviews suggest that what pleases one WhatsApp user may not delight another. The best known include Chatify, WhatsUp, and WatchChat; Our current favorite is WatchChat 2, which is free with a $ 2.99 in-app purchase to unlock its full functionality.

The app has been around for four years now and has held a fairly consistent four and a half stars out of five in the App Store. It’s easy to set up: just scan a QR code and you will be able to access not only messages but also group chats, videos, HD pictures, stickers and voice messages.

Here’s how to install WatchChat 2 on your Apple Watch.

1 On your Apple Watch, press the Digital Crown to go to Apps view and open the App Store

2 Search for WatchChat 2

3 Tap Get

4 Enter your passcode. If you haven’t set one already, your watch will ask you to set one before you can proceed

5 If the app is installed, it will open and after a while a QR code will appear.

6 Open WhatsApp on your iPhone, go to Settings and tap the QR code icon to the right of your profile picture

7 Scan the QR code with your phone to link your Apple Watch to WhatsApp

You can now access all of your WhatsApp chats, including group chats, on your Apple Watch with WatchChat. A long press on a message gives you access to the settings screen to adjust the volume, change the font size, and switch between country-specific keyboards.

WhatsApp on the Apple Watch

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It’s important to note that third-party developers cannot predict what changes Meta might make to WhatsApp’s core app, so features you rely on today may not be available tomorrow.

Therefore, it is important to choose an app that is updated regularly. Otherwise, your app may become less useful over time. This is another reason why we rate WatchChat 2: It has been updated more than twenty times in 2021.

Why WhatsApp is joining Facebook Messenger and Instagram

WhatsApp on the Apple Watch

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In 2020, Mark Zuckerberg announced plans to integrate Messenger, Instagram Direct and WhatsApp into a single, unified messaging system.

One reason was to make chats easier to find: As the CO of Instagram and the vice president of Messenger said in a statement, “one in three people sometimes finds it difficult to remember where to find a particular conversation thread. This update makes it even easier to stay connected without having to think about which app to use to reach your friends and family. ”

If you’re feeling cynical, you may find that a single, unified, encrypted system would completely deny meta for all of its messaging systems: if it can’t see what people are doing, it can’t be held responsible for some of it moderate. And with antitrust investigations potentially leading to the dissolution of Meta, bringing all the services together could ensure their survival despite regulatory efforts to break Facebook’s near-monopoly on social media and messaging.

It also seems that Meta would rather have WhatsApp on their face than on their wrist: In its most recent keynote on Metaverse, Meta showed a kind of WhatsApp 3D that puts chats into virtual reality.

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