QR codes for WhatsApp can come handy when sharing your number with new people whether you run a business account, a support group, or other communities.
Starting a chat with a new contact on WhatsApp isn’t a user-friendly task. You have to save the contact on your phone first, then open it using WhatsApp and only after that, you can start chatting. You can leapfrog all those steps by creating QR codes for your WhatsApp profile.
Unlike its siblings — Facebook and Instagram, currently, WhatsApp doesn’t offer a native way to generate or scan QR codes. But that doesn’t mean you cannot create one. In this post, you will learn how to create and scan QR codes for WhatsApp.
Create QR Codes for WhatsApp
To generate a QR code for your number or a group chat, you must first create a link followed by creating its QR code. Here’s how to do both.
There is a different process to create a link for personal or business profiles and group chats. Let’s start with personal numbers.
Create Link for Personal Number
With the Click to Chat feature of WhatsApp, we can generate a link for any WhatsApp number. Once generated, all you have to do is share the link, and the chat will open automatically by tapping on it.
To create a link for your number, you will have to use this link: https://wa.me/[WhatsAppNumber] where [WhatsApp Number] is your full phone number in international format.
When you click on such links, it will directly open in WhatsApp — both on your phone and WhatsApp Web.
Create Link for Business Profile
If you use WhatsApp Business app, you don’t have to create the link as shown above manually. Fortunately, the app comes with Short Link option, among other features, which generates a link automatically. All you have to do is copy it. To view the Short Link, go to WhatsApp Settings > Business Settings > Short Link.
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Create Link for WhatsApp Groups
To make it easy for people to join groups, WhatsApp groups offer 'Invite by link' feature, where anyone with the link can join the group. So be careful with whom you share the link.
To view the link, open the group chat and tap on its name present in the top bar to enter settings. Scroll down and tap on Invite via link.
You will get several options such as send, share, copy, and revoke link. Tap on Copy link. At any point in time, if you don’t want random people to join your group, tap on Revoke link.
If you have a personal favorite, you can use that as well. No issue. Just open the website and paste the generated link in the website (URL) box.
The sites offer various customization options such as color, logo, design, etc. Customize the QR code as per your preference. Once you are done, click on create or download.
Congratulations! You have successfully generated a QR code for your WhatsApp number or a group chat. Now share this QR code with others.
Pro Tip: If you own a Mi phone, your browser, i.e. Mi Browser lets you create a QR code for any link. Paste the link in the address bar, and you will get the option to create a QR code. Check other such cool tips for Mi Browser.
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Bonus Tip: Scan QR Codes on Android and iPhone
If your iPhone runs iOS 11 and above, it features a native QR code scanner. What? Where? Well, inside the Camera app. Launch the Camera and point it towards any QR code. The phone will automatically recognize the information contained in the QR code. In this case, the WhatsApp link. You will see a notification banner at the top. Tap on it to open WhatsApp.
On Android phones, you will have to take the help of Google Lens. It is an image recognition technology activated by long pressing the home button of your Android phone and then tapping the Lens icon. Some phones such as Google Pixel also support Lens inside the Google Camera app.
In either case, point the camera towards the QR code, and your phone will recognize the WhatsApp link. Tap it to open it.
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Race to the Future
So that’s how you can create QR codes for WhatsApp and skip all the hassle of sharing your number. I know that the method is a bit tedious. But things are about to change soon for WhatsApp is testing a native feature to add users with a QR code just like the nametag feature of Instagram.
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