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How to install WhatsApp on your PC

Loie Favre (translation)

WhatsApp is the bread and butter of instant messaging nowadays. Though the service finds itself miles ahead of its competitors, there are still several features and functions that are lacking, like being able to use the chat via computer, a characteristic that other apps of this genre have already adopted. Today we will tell you how to install WhatsApp on your PC.

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For the time being, the makers haven’t released an official program for this purpose, leaving users to resort to other Android apps. Though we talk about BlueStacks to complete this procedure here, there are other programs like Wassapp or YouWave that work as well.

How to install WhatsApp using BlueStacks

The process is really simple and takes about 15 minutes. The first thing you’ll need is the BlueStacks Android emulator. This program will set up the home screen and the Android smartphone programs on your computer and it can be installed from Google Play.

I would like to clarify two things which I personally think are quite useful:

  • When you activate WhatsApp on your computer, the account on your smartphone will be deactivated, as it only allows one account per device.
  • BlueStacks is an English-only application, so if you are using a different language, make sure that you do not use characters/letters which aren’t found in the English alphabet.

1. Download BlueStacks and the WhatsApp Emulator. Follow the installation process as indicated during the procedure.

2. When you open the program you will see a search icon in the top left hand side which you will use to search for WhatsApp.

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You will find the search icon in the top left corner. / © AndroidPIT
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Look for WhatsApp. / © AndroidPIT

3. In order to search for the application, BlueStacks requires two configuration steps. For this reason, it will open a window called One Time Setup. Follow the instructions until you see the message. You are all done!

4. After you are finished this process, Google Play will automatically open. Now you’ll need to insert the information from your account.

5. Once you are in Google Play, it’s the same old steps: search and install WhatsApp.

6. Finally you simply need to set up your account in the application and indicate your phone number and country, after which you will receive a verification code of 6 digits on your phone. This code then needs to be entered into the verification box.

7. That's it!

Negative Points

My main issue with WhatsApp is that you can’t use the application on two devices at the same time. For this method to be useful if you already have WhatsApp installed, you would need two WhatsApp accounts, ie two phone numbers.

Any contacts not synchronized with Google won't appear straight away, instead appearing only when one of them happens to write you a message. You also have the option of adding contacts from a previous installation of WhatsApp to your computer (eg. from your smartphone).

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Thanks to BlueStacks you can have WhatsApp on your PC and it will have the same look and feel. / © AndroidPIT

Finally, you cannot send audio files and I had problems sending images (although in theory it should work). However, you could in fact receive both images and sounds.

If you experience any other problems during the installation process or once it is installed, do not hesitate to share them with us in the comments below.

If you want to know some other WhatsApp tips and trips, check out our Beginner's article and how to change your number. Think BBM is better? Check out the two head-to-head in our quick comparison.

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  • Mahendher Reddy 5 months ago Link

    I am using Whatsapp on My Android phone but most of the time i dont have interne on my mobile so i cant access to my Whatsapp. This article helped me install whatsapp on My PC, Thanks alot

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  • HeS Dec 17, 2013 Link

    hey, can you please tell me why the 'one time setup' window does not open up?

  • Ashik Ahmed Nov 10, 2013 Link

    hey, why dosent my watsapp work on wifi.
    it was all fine till yesterday.
    but it wont connect frm today, i have tried everything pls help

    • Nelson Ford Dec 11, 2013 Link

      Hello Ashik,
      I have 3 ideas for you:

      1. Is your WA version current? Their support page in Twitter says out-of-date versions may have issues?

      2. Have you tried actually turning your wireless network OFF instead of leaving it as "SOS"? Open your Manage Connections app and click the Wireless Network box at the very top to uncheck it.

      3. Are your Permissions all set to Allow? Open your Options app, open Applications, scroll to WhatsApp and click your MENU key. Select Edit Permissions, then ensure all Permissions are set to Allow.
      Hope it helps.

  • Ashik Ahmed Nov 10, 2013 Link

    hey, why dosent my watsapp work on wifi.
    it was all fine till yesterday.
    but it wont connect frm today, i have tried everything pls help