How to Install WhatsApp on Your Apple Watch

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If you're using an Apple Watch, you might be enjoying the ability to send and read both iMessages and text messages from your wrist, but what about WhatsApp? The highly popular WhatsApp messaging platform has yet to receive an update for compatibility with the Apple Watch; however, thanks to a few third-party apps, you can get WhatsApp on your wrist with the rest of your favorite apps.

Official WhatsApp Apple Watch Support

At this time, WhatsApp has official apps available for some of your favorite devices including iOS devices (iPhones and iPads), Android devices, Windows Phones, and Mac and Windows PCs; however, there is currently no support for Apple Watch. As a result, third-party applications must be used to access and send your WhatsApp on your wrist.

Person exercising while WhatsApp notifications come into their Apple Watch
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Chatify for WhatsApp on Apple Watch

One of the available applications for putting WhatsApp on your wrist is Chatify by Ivan Aguirre. Featuring the ability to send and receive WhatsApp messages, view chat images, listen to voice messages, view emojis and stickers, and see when contacts are writing back, Chatify is a full-featured client.

Chatify for WhatsApp is not an official application created by Facebook (the owners of WhatsApp). As with all third-party application, take caution when sharing your information.

Setting up Chatify on Your Apple Watch

To set up Chatify on your Apple Watch, being by making sure that your Apple Watch is paired with your iPhone correctly and is updated to the latest version. This tutorial also assumes that you have already set up WhatsApp on your device.

Chatify for Apple Watch screenshots
  1. Download Chatify for WhatsApp from the App Store on your iPhone.

  2. Launch Chatify on your Apple Watch and you will be presented with a QR code to scan using WhatsApp.

  3. Open WhatsApp on your iPhone and select the Settings tab at the bottom of the screen.

  4. Select the WhatsApp Web/Desktop option.

    If prompted, select Scan QR Code and select OK. Got it.

  5. With your iPhone's camera, use WhatsApp to scan the QR code displayed on your watch by Chatify.

  6. Your WhatsApp messages should now begin populating on your Apple Watch — you can now use Chatify to keep an eye on WhatsApp messages from your wrist.

What Is Chatify Premium?

The developer behind Chatify gives users the option to pay a one-time fee of $4.99 to unlock all the features of the Chatify app. While many users will be able to enjoy using the free version of Chatify, those who opt into premium are given faster download speeds for in-message media such as photos and videos. Additionally, there is no limit on how far you may search backward for WhatsApp messages.

Alternatives For WhatsApp on Apple Watch

We selected Chatify for Apple Watch because it is a free third-party option for easily connecting WhatsApp to your Apple watch. If Chatify doesn't meet your needs, or if you would prefer a different Watch experience, there are many other options currently available including WatchChat and WatchUp.