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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.