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How to install WhatsApp on your PC

Loie Favre
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WhatsApp is the bread and butter of instant messaging nowadays. It's backed by Facebook and hundreds of millions of users. But how do I get it on PC? Read on for two tutorials on how to install WhatsApp on your PC.

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Find out how to get WhatsApp on your PC. / © ANDROIDPIT

How to install WhatsApp using the official Chrome web-client

This is the easiest solution, as WhatsApp has developed an official web-client for this purpose. 

Go to web.whatsapp.com on your PC and scan the QR code with your phone (using QR code reader or a similar app), then follow the installation instructions. This provides you with all of the regular WhatsApp functionality, like voice and picture messaging, but there is a caveat. The WhatsApp web-client acts as a "mirror" for your device, meaning you will only receive messages on WhatsApp web if you receive it on your phone also. Your device has to be switched on, and connected to the internet, to use the web-client. 

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WhatsApp web allows you to do all the normal stuff you would with WhatsApp on your phone. / © ANDROIDPIT

The above method will work for anybody running a Windows machine, with WhatsApp on their smartphone, and using Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Chrome. If, for whatever reason, the above solution doesn't do it for you, there is another way to get WhatsApp on PC. We would strongly advise the above method first though.  

How to install WhatsApp using BlueStacks

This process takes about ten minutes and involves installing an Android emulator known as BlueStacks. This program will replicate you Android smartphone on your computer and it can be installed from Google Play.

IMPORTANT:

  • When you activate WhatsApp on your computer using this method, 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 and install BlueStacks

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 (or just click the WhatsApp icon if it is there when it loads).

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You will find the search icon in the top left corner. / © AndroidPIT
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Search 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. 

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.

Please note that you cannot use WhatsApp on two devices at the same time. For this method to work, you need two WhatsApp accounts (i.e. two phone numbers). 

Let us know in the comments below which method you prefer. 

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  • Utkarsh Tiwari 4 days ago Link

    hi guys i got the calling feature. if u want , text me on whatsapp +918982217080. it does not matter if u have lollipop or kitkat or jellybean :)

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  • Suman Saha 2 weeks ago Link

    very nice

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  • Mahendher Reddy 6 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?

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  • 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

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    • 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.

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  • 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

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