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How to get WhatsApp on your tablet

Sterling Keys

Well, I made the plunge. I got a new Nexus 7 and have been spending the last little while transferring books, music, apps, and everything else over to it. However, one of the apps I use the most, WhatsApp, was a little trickier for me to get than others. By default, WhatsApp isn’t compatible with tablets, but there are work arounds that you can do to make it work and while some involve some complex stuff (such as rooting your device), I found one method that works pretty well. Other than downloading another app and installing an .apk file yourself, this one is pretty straightforward. 

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How to get WhatsApp on your tablet. / © ANDROIDPIT

Please note: this will create a new WhatsApp account unique to your tablet. If you want to spoof or takeover your account from your mobile device, I will outline a method for this as the end of the article.

  • Download the WhatsApp .apk from the WhatsApp website. In order to do this and to not be redirected straight to the Google Play Store, either use Chrome or Firefox as your browser and then request the Desktop site. From there, click on the Android download and the .apk file will be downloaded to your tablet. (Alternatively, you can just download it on your PC and then transfer it to your tablet via USB, or email.)
Whatever browser you're using, make sure to visit the WhatsApp website in Desktop mode. / © AndroidPIT
  • Ensure that you’re able to install Unknown Sources. To check if you are, go to Settings > Security > Unknown Sources. This will allow .apks that aren’t downloaded directly from Google Play to be installed on your devices. ALWAYS make sure you know what you’re downloading and installing if you are going to have this setting enabled long-term.
  • Install TextPlus to your tablet (or a comparable app that is available in your region). This will allow you to get SMS messages on your tablet, which will be required to authorize your tablet to use WhatsApp.
  • Send out a text message to your own phone (or a friends) from TextPlus to get your devices number. Alternatively. You can head to Settings > Contact Info and find out the number for yourself.
Using TextPlus (right), or a similar SMS app, to get a number for your tablet. © AndroidPIT
  • Install the WhatsApp .apk.
  •  Follow the instructions. When it asks for a number to authorize the application, enter in your TextPlus number. While it won’t authenticate automatically, you will receive a text message with a code that you can use to authorize the app.
    Though it won't automatically detect a SMS to your tablet, you will receive a SMS with a code you can enter to bypass this. / © AndroidPIT
  • Once authorized, set-up your WhatsApp account as per normal.
  • Voila! WhatsApp on your tablet!
And voila! WhatsApp on your tablet! / © AndroidPIT

Like I said above, this will install WhatsApp as a BRAND NEW account on your tablet. If you are only looking to transfer a WhatsApp account from your current device to your tablet, just use your normal telephone number in step number 6. The authorization will follow the same steps, but your account will be transferred over and it won't be active on your smartphone anymore. If you want to bring over your chat history, check out our previous article on how to do that. 

There are different methods of getting around using a WhatsApp on your tablet, but most involve having a rooted tablet and rooted Android phone. I found that this one was simple, and allowed me to get access to one of my favourite apps. 

Have you installed WhatsApp on your Android tablet? If so, tell us in the comments how it went!

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  • Philipp Junghannß (My1) Oct 3, 2013 Link

    an other way would be using another numer you own e.g. your landline. I heard that if you dont get an SMS you can get a call with the Activation code, meaning the account is linked to a number, your contacts have anyway, which makes it easier...

    and if you dont have an android phone you can use THAT number for Whatsapp...

    • Alli Ritchens 9 months ago Link

      after ive installed on my tablet how do i add contacts???

  • Sterling Keys Oct 3, 2013 Link

    Yeah. I've read about the land line one online as well. We got rid of our land line a long time ago, so it wasn't something I could test out.

  • Philipp Junghannß (My1) Oct 3, 2013 Link

    well I have a landline together with my (so-slow-that-it's-a-pain-in-the-ass) internet and like it especially since I have a landline flat...

  • James Ahn Oct 4, 2013 Link

    Did this a while ago but realized after the fact you cant run simultaneously same number on 2 devices. Undid, and reactivated on phone. =P

  • Richard Fletcher Oct 4, 2013 Link

    The thing is WhatsApp is very unsecure as it doesn't bother encrypting the data it just sends it, if you are on a shared network maybe in your house. It can be hacked with an app! On a rooted fone you can download an apk called WhatsApp sniffer this enables you to see every photo or message that gets sent! Use kik instead be safe

  • Shruthi Ramakrishnan 9 months ago Link

    This is just gr8...i had to use bluestacks to access whatsapp but now it is so easy..thanks guys :)

  • Martin Blank 9 months ago Link

    Used the instructions to install whatsapp on my Medion tablet using phone number and apk file and this worked well without any problems. thanks guys.

    • Alli Ritchens 9 months ago Link

      after ive installed on my tablet how do i add contacts???

  • Alli Ritchens 9 months ago Link

    after ive installed on my tablet how do i add contacts???

    • Roger Cook 8 months ago Link

      One by one, unless they are saved to your gmail account.

  • Glenn G. 8 months ago Link

    I have to verify my Text+ with my i dont get a new number to verify Whatsapp

  • Marym Mahmoud 7 months ago Link

    is it that hard to get whatapp

  • Gabe Desch 5 months ago Link

    I received the sms with activation code, but my tablet is not asking for it (keeps on waiting). How do I enter the activation code? Did WhatApp make it impossible? Thx

  • Pratyusha Pradhan 3 months ago Link

    I would totally recommend Photo4Tune as an alternative for Whatsapp and Snapchat. It has got amazing emoticons, simple user interface for photo sharing.

  • Don G 2 months ago Link

    I tried to follow your advice to install Whatsapp on tablet Samsung Galaxy SM-T210R (with WiFi) but it doesn't work. Have any idea? Thx.