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How to get WhatsApp on your tablet

Authored by: Sterling Keys — 1 month ago

It is unfortunate that, by default, WhatsApp (still) isn’t compatible with tablets, but there are ways to work around this. Some of the solutions involve complex maneuvers such as rooting your device, but there is one method that is far simpler than that, and it works. Here is our guide on how to install WhatsApp on a tablet. 

Note: this will create a new WhatsApp account that is unique to your tablet. If you want to spoof or take over the account you use on your mobile device, a method for that is outlined after the main tutorial.

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Let us explain how to use WhatsApp on your tablet. / © ANDROIDPIT

Requirements

You need a phone number to create a WhatsApp account. If you use your current phone number, you will lose the WhatsApp account on your smartphone and it will be transferred to your tablet. Therefore, you must purchase a new SIM card and get a new number.

This is the cheapest, quickest, and most effective way to get WhatsApp on your tablet. Just insert your new SIM card into your handset and copy all of your contacts across to your new SIM before you start the procedure. You will be able to re-insert your old SIM card again once you're done. 

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Creating a new WhatsApp account for your tablet will require a new SIM card. / © ANDROIDPIT

How to get WhatsApp on your tablet

1. Download the latest WhatsApp.apk from the WhatsApp website on your tablet. In order to do this without being redirected straight to the Google Play Store, use either Chrome or Firefox as your browser and then request the Desktop site in the menu.

2. From there, click on Android download and the .apk file will be downloaded to your tablet. (Alternatively, you can download it on your PC and then transfer it to your tablet via USB or email.)

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Whatever browser you're using, make sure to visit the WhatsApp website in Desktop mode. / © AndroidPIT

3. Ensure that you’re able to install from unknown sources. To check if you are, go to Settings > Security > Unknown Sources on your tablet. 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. Otherwise, uncheck Unknown sources as soon as you're done with this process.

4. Install the WhatsApp .apk on your tablet.

5. Launch the app and follow the instructions. When it asks for a number to authorize the application, enter in your new number. It won’t authenticate automatically, you will receive a text message with a code to use to authorize the app first.

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You'll be sent an SMS with your WhatsApp authorisation code. / © AndroidPIT

6. Once authorized, set up your WhatsApp account as normal.

7. Voila! WhatsApp on your tablet!

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You now have WhatsApp on your tablet. / © AndroidPIT

How to move WhatsApp to your tablet

The process above will install WhatsApp on your tablet with a brand new account (so share your new number with your friends if you want it to be useful). If you are only looking to transfer a WhatsApp account from your current device to your tablet, just follow the same steps using your current phone number.

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 transfer your WhatsApp chat history, hit the link to find out how. 

Here are some more WhatsApp tutorials that you have to try:

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

From all the way over on Vancouver Island, Sterling Keys started off his smartphone adventure with an HTC S710 equipped with Windows Mobile and knew there had to be something better. Over the next few years, and countless different operating systems, he has finally found his home on Android.

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  • I stopped using it few months ago.

  • In lenovo tablet A3500 hv WhatsApp can be downloaded directly from Google play store without sim card.

  • This App is quick and easy i have been using it a lot recently and ii think it deserves 4 stars!!

  • I just downloaded in my Android smart phone and transferred to my tablet using #shareit .It's working fine.

  • As far as I can tell, people think that even going this rather circuitous Whatsapp installation route will enable you to send text messages from your tablet to anyone with a Smart phone. But this seeming ONLY really works if the other person/s also have Whatsapp installed on their device. Or am I missing something here?

  • Zoey Kemm 6 months ago Link to comment

    I have a lenova tablet and mine doesn't take a sim card can I still Whatsapp and how??

  • I downloaded WhatsApp on my Samsung Galaxy Tablet 4 and I did everything as was told to do on this site.
    I can now WhatsApp and make phone calls with WhatsApp, I can call for free to anyone who is on my WhatsApp contact list with my tablet!
    The only problem I had was for my cell number to be authenticated, it couldn't by WhatsApp calling me. But I did received the SMS with the code, typed in the code and my cellnumber was authenticated, after that I added contacts on my WhatsApp. Works great.
    Thanks for your guidance to get WhatsApp on my tablet!

  • If the tablet has cellular connectivity and it's own phone number and contacts, like the Tab S, I would have thought that would work okay? Wouldn't it? :-/ 😯.

  • Would it work if you restored a Whatsapp backup from a phone using Titaxnium backup?

  • Used TextMe(for Kindle Fire) to set this up on UK Fire HD7

  • X G Nov 8, 2014 Link to comment

    I have a nexus 7 as well. I was able to download the app, received the call with the code but as soon as I enter the code the app crashes and I every time I try to start it again it crashes again. Any suggestions?

  • Don G Aug 18, 2014 Link to comment

    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.

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

  • 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

  • is it that hard to get whatapp

  • Glenn G. Feb 25, 2014 Link to comment

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

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

  • 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.

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