Are you trying to scan the QR code on WhatsApp but continuously getting a “No Valid QR Code Detected” or an “Invalid QR code” error? If so, you are not alone on the internet, as many users have reported the same issue on Reddit and other social sites. Today, you will learn how to fix the WhatsApp Web No Valid QR Code Detected issue.
WhatsApp Web lets users send and receive messages from their computers or other device with browser support. Once you connect your phone by scanning a QR code visible on the computer from your mobile device, it will sync all the WhatsApp messages to the web version.
While the WhatsApp Web links smoothly all the time, sometimes it starts giving errors like can’t scan QR code and others. Read on to check out the troubleshooting ways to fix the No Valid QR Detected issue.
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Zoom In The Web Page
The first thing you need to do is zoom in on the WhatsApp Web page on the browser to 125% or above, as your mobile phone might not be able to detect the QR code due to its size.
To zoom in on the web page, click the ‘Ctrl’ and ‘+’ keys at once for Windows computers or the ‘Command’ and ‘+’ keys at once for Mac computers. Once you do, the QR code will increase and can be easily scanned using the phone.
Check Your Internet
If zooming in on the WhatsApp Web page does not help you resolve the problem, then you need to check whether you are getting good and stable internet speed on your computer and mobile device.
Visit a speed checker website, like fast.com, speedtest.org, etc., to check your internet speed, and if you are receiving slow speed, switch to a stable connection, and your issue should be fixed.
Reload the WhatsApp Web Page
If the above method does not work, then you need to simply reload the WhatsApp web page, as there might be chances that the website didn’t load properly or the QR code expired. Here’s how you can do it:
Step 1: Click on the reload icon (typically a circular icon) located before the address bar.
Step 2: Alternatively, press ‘F5’ or ‘Ctrl+R’ (or ‘Command+R’ on Mac) to reload the page.
Once the page refreshes, a new QR code should appear. Try scanning the new QR using your mobile’s WhatsApp app.
Note that QR codes for WhatsApp Web expire within a few seconds due to security, so scan the new code after reloading the page.
Use the Linked Devices Option to Scan the QR Code
If you are using the WhatsApp camera to scan the QR code, then you will not be able to scan it as WhatsApp has a QR code scanner under the Linked Devices option, which is made for linking your account to other devices, including WhatsApp Web, and this is the correct way to scan the QR code. Here’s how you can do it:
Step 1: Open the WhatsApp app and navigate to Settings then choose Linked Devices. For Android phones, tap on the three-dot icon at the top and select Linked Devices.
Step 2: Click on Link a device.
Step 3: If you have set lock on your device, unlock to link a device.
Step 4: Now, scan the QR code visible on your computer, and you should be able to link the device.
Update the WhatsApp App
App updates come with bug or glitch fixes and improvements over the previous version of the app. If you are still getting the same No valid QR code detected error on WhatsApp Web, you need to update the WhatsApp app on your phone. Here’s how you can do it:
Step 1: Open the Google Play Store or App Store on your phone.
Step 2: Type WhatsApp in the search bar, then hit enter.
Step 3: Click Update to download the latest version.
Once done, try scanning the QR code, and you should be able to log in to WhatsApp Web.
Clean and Adjust Your Phone’s Camera
If the camera lens of your phone has some dirt or smudges, then it may not be able to scan the QR codes perfectly, resulting in a No valid QR code detected error. Here’s what you need to do to fix it:
Step 1: Clean your phone’s camera lens with a microfiber cloth.
Step 2: Now, try scanning the QR code again.
Step 3: Refocus the camera by moving your phone closer or further away.
Step 4: Click on the QR code on your phone’s screen to allow the phone to focus on it.
Clear Cookies and Site Data
You can also try clearing the cookies and site data for the website, as it helps many users fix the issue. Here’s how you can do it:
Step 1: On the WhatsApp Web website, click on the site information icon before the address bar.
Step 2: Choose Cookies and Site Data.
Step 3: Tap on Manage cookies and site data.
Step 4: Click on the trash icon next to all domains, then tap Done.
Link with Phone Number
You can also try using your phone number to link your account. For this method, you are not able to scan the QR code visible on the screen. Here’s how you can link with phone number:
Step 1: On the WhatsApp Web website, tap on the Link with phone number.
Step 2: Select your country and enter your phone number, then tap Next.
Step 3: Now, open the WhatsApp app.
Step 4: Click on the three-dot icon at the top and select Linked Devices. For iPhones, navigate to Settings > Linked Devices.
Step 5: Tap on Link a device, then choose Link with phone number instead.
Step 6: Enter the eight-digit code visible on the computer.
Once done, your account will be logged into the WhatsApp Web successfully.
Switch to Another Browser
If none of the above methods work, then you need to switch to another browser, as the issue might be related to the browser in which you are trying to access WhatsApp.
For example, if you’re currently using the Google Chrome browser, switch to the Firefox browser or another and check if you can scan the QR code. You can also reinstall the browser.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Use WhatsApp on My Computer Without Scanning the QR Code?
Yes, you can use WhatsApp on your computer in a browser using the Link with phone number feature. Just tap on Link with phone number on WhatsApp Web and follow the on-screen prompts to use it.
How Often Do I Need to Scan the QR Code For WhatsApp Web?
You will not have to scan the QR code every time for the same browser considering you selected Keep me signed in while scanning the QR code. You will need to scan QR code again when you re-install your browser.
So, this was all about how you can fix WhatsApp Web’s no valid QR code detected issue. I hope the article helped you fix the problem and use WhatsApp on your PC.
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