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.
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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- Once authorized, set-up your WhatsApp account as per normal.
- Voila! WhatsApp on your tablet!
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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