Well, yes, it’s 2020, we have 5 updates to the Apple Watch, and WhatsApp is still not available on the Apple Watch. It is true that in the early versions of watchOS perhaps did not make much sense, as the apps in the Apple Watch were very slow, however over the years all this has changed and the Apple Watch is very competent in certain types of apps, even with watchOS 6 we have an App Store to be accessed from the clock itself .
The main problem with not officially having WhatsApp on the iPhone is the same problem with not having it on the iPad, WhatsApp can only be installed on one device at a time . Although this is something that could change this year, at the moment it prevents a dedicated app in the Apple Watch as it does, for example, have Telegram.
What does WhatsApp do in Apple Watch?
WhatsApp on the Apple Watch allows us to see the messages that have been sent to us, i.e. see the notification that we can also see on the iPhone’s lock screen . In the same way we can also reply to that particular message that has been sent to us.
This can be very useful in the vast majority of cases, however if you discard a WhatsApp notification, you will no longer be able to answer it from the Apple Watch as you will not be able to start any app with the chat as you do on the iPhone. There are, however, alternatives to this pitfall.
How to use WhatsApp almost 100% on the Apple Watch
Fortunately there is an alternative for that moment when we need to access a chat, send a message to a contact or even consult the images that have been sent to us. In the App Store we have several applications that allow us to use WhatsApp on the Apple Watch almost like an iPhone .
These applications use the WhatsApp Web functionality so you can view all your conversations on the Apple Watch. This way you can start the app on the Apple Watch, read the QR code that appears from the iPhone’s WhatsApp and wait for the chats to synchronize. Once they do you can enter any, review it, see the images and write to your contacts without much trouble.
It’s a very ingenious solution that works very well, although it has its drawbacks. Because it is based on WhatsApp Web it is a bit slower to load than a native app, but to use it at certain times it can be really useful.
Probably the best app of this style in the App Store is WatchChat , it’s paid but I’ve been using it for years and it works relatively well. There are other free ones like Chatify or Whats up that promise to work similarly, however they are not as good as the first one.
With this type of apps you can from your Apple Watch:
- Access your WhatsApp chats and groups.
- Responding to keyboard chats, quick answers or dictation.
- See images.
- Listen to voice mail.
- Start a new chat directly from the Watch.
- File chats.
In addition, applications such as WatchChat have several keyboards for comfortable typing on the Apple Watch screen and allow us to customize the quick replies and font size of the chat. An alternative you should try if you really need WhatsApp on the Apple Watch .