How to use WhatsApp on your Apple Watch

WhatsApp Apple Watch
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As of today, there is no official WhatsApp app for the Apple Watch. However, you can receive messages and reply to them on your connected smartwatch. In order to view all of your messages and send voice messages, you will first need to download the WhatChat 2 app.

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Facebook, the owner of WhatsApp, happens to offer the world's most popular messaging app. What's insane is, the company still hasn't developed a native app for WhatsApp addicts, who are also owners of an Apple Watch. If you have WhatsApp installed on your iPhone, you will still be able to access and reply to your last message received on the app from your connected watch – but that's about it.

The WhatChat application however – which was not developed by Facebook – allows you to access your message history, reply to all your friends, and send voice messages as well!

Receive WhatsApp messages on your Apple Watch

If you bought an Apple Watch WiFi + cellular with the sole purpose of exchanging messages via WhatsApp on the go, then I grieve for you. The investment may not have been worth it since in order to be able to receive messages that have been sent via the app on your Apple Watch, you will have to be in close proximity to your iPhone.

Make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on your iPhone and your Apple Watch is connected to it. WhatsApp must obviously be installed on your iPhone beforehand with notifications enabled in the iPhone settings.

In order to do this:

  • Go to the Settings menu, select WhatsApp and Notifications
  • Enable notifications and the three different types of alerts (Sounds, Badges, Show in CarPlay).
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Here's how to enable notifications on WhatsApp. / © Nextpit
  • After that, head to the Apple Watch app, access notifications, and enable WhatsApp notifications.
Activer les notifications de votre Apple Watch
Here's how to enable WhatsApp notifications on your Apple Watch. / © Nextpit
  • You can now receive your notifications and read WhatsApp messages from your iPhone on your Apple Watch.
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Here's how to read your WhatsApp messages on your Apple Watch. / © Nextpit

Reply to WhatsApp messages from your Apple Watch

Now that WhatsApp notifications are enabled on your Apple Watch, you can also reply your messages. Just click on the WhatsApp logo to display the name of the person who sent you a message, followed by "Reply".

Répondre aux messages WhatsApp sur Apple Watch
Replying to WhatsApp messages on Apple Watch. / © Nextpit

WhatChat 2: The 3rd party app that lets you enjoy all WhatsApp benefits on your Apple Watch

Unfortunately, you won't be able to read archived messages or listen to audio messages with notifications on the Apple Watch. If you want to enjoy all the WhatsApp functions from your Apple Watch itself, you'll have to use a 3rd party app that is known as WhatChat 2. This app doesn't collect your private data according to Apple – and Cupertino has authorized it on its App Store.

Here's how you install WhatChat 2:

  1. Install WhatChat 2 from the App Store on your iPhone.
  2. The application will automatically be installed on your Apple Watch (which must remain connected to the iPhone).
  3. Using your iPhone, scan the QR code that appears on your Apple Watch.

Did you find the above information useful? Which application do you use the most on your Apple Watch?

Gabriel Robert

Gabriel Robert

Born on a volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, I travelled all over the world before settling in Berlin. Having worked for Forbes, Les Echos or Konbini, I don't let Apple take me for a ride, despite my weakness for its products. I am particularly interested in the sustainability and the social and environmental impact of our connected products.

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