Did you know you can set up WhatsApp on your laptop? You’ll still need your phone handily nearby, but the ability to type on a keyboard rather than fat-finger a smart phone keyboard is a big bonus. Here's how you set it up:-
Go to https://web.whatsapp.com/ in your laptop browser
You will notice that it generates a QR code on the right hand side (those black/white "random grids")
Go to WhatsApp on your phone
In the menu, go to Settings (bottom of IOS screen, top of Android screen)
then WhatsApp Web/Desktop
then select “Scan QR code”
Line up the scanner on your phone to the QR code on your laptop browser
Boom! The rest is done for you.
BOOKMARK the WhatsApp page on your laptop
If you are using Windows, you can download "WhatsApp for Windows" to make it an even simpler experience. SImilarly there’s an app for it in the MacOS app store.