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How to download and install WhatsApp on your PC and Mac

Authored by: Loie Favre — Apr 17, 2015

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 use WhatsApp on PC and Mac? Read on for three tutorials using WhatsApp Web, Pushbullet, and Bluestacks.

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Find out how to download WhatsApp on your PC and Mac here. / © ANDROIDPIT

How to use WhatsApp with the official Chrome web-client (WhatsApp Web)

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

Go to 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.  

How to use WhatsApp on PC and Mac with Pushbullet

Pushbullet presents another easy way to get WhatsApp on your PC or Mac. Like WhatsApp Web, Pushbullet mirrors messages and notifications on your PC and also enables you to reply to them directly.

You will need to download the app on your phone, and register, then log into Pushbullet in your browser via the website. One this is done, close your browser and open it again; it should be automatically configured to display any notifications you receive. If it's not, you can easily tinker with the settings to suit your liking. 

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Pushbullet is a free app and has many uses beyond simply delivering WhatsApp messages. Give it a try for yourself. / © ANDROIDPIT
Pushbullet - SMS from PC Install on Google Play

How to use WhatsApp on PC and Mac using BlueStacks

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


  • 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.
  • You can also use YouWave or Wassapp to achieve similar results, but we've found Bluestacks to be the most reliable solution.

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 and install it. / © 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 for using WhatsApp on your PC or Mac. 

Loie Favre found her way to her present passion for Android and smartphone technology after experiencing an epiphany when she held her Galaxy Note 2. From that point onwards, you can find her with her nose buried in countless Android apps and different smartphone models, and thanking her lucky stars that she gets to work at something she loves.


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  • I am battling to install BlueStacks. It has been showing the message “downloading game data” for more than 35 minutes. There is a progress bar which is at almost 50 percent but it is not progressing. Kindly help me.

    Mohd Arif

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  • my WhatsApp Calling is already Activated but the Problem I am facing is weird. I can hear the other person talking with me on whatsapp call, but my voice does not transmit to them. Any body can help

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  • very nice

  • 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

  • HeS Dec 17, 2013 Link to comment

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

  • 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

    • 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.

  • 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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