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WhatsApp offers a great way to chat with friends for free (well, almost free) from your phone. But did you know you can also use WhatsApp on a Windows PC? Using the BlueStacks App Player for Windows, it's possible to install WhatsApp on your computer. This gives you the ability to send and receive WhatsApp messages without having to pull your phone out of your pocket.

How to install WhatsApp on a PC

To get WhatsApp on your computer you first need to download and install BlueStacks App Player. This is a free program that emulates Android applications on your PC. You can use it to run many Android apps and games through a windowed interface on your computer. Don't worry, it's very easy to use, as you'll see.

The next thing you'll need is a mobile phone number. This is used to verify your account and the app looks at your mobile phone contacts to find out which are using WhatsApp. If you already have WhatsApp installed on your phone it won't work, since you can only run one instance of the app per phone number.

Setting up BlueStacks

Once you've installed BlueStacks App Player you're ready to get WhatsApp onto your Windows PC. Here's how it's done:

1. Click on the App Search icon in BlueStacks and perform a search for "WhatsApp". Click Find.

 

2. In the results list you should see WhatsApp Messenger as the top result. Click Install.

3. If you can't find WhatsApp Messenger in the BlueStacks search, or if it won't install, go download the WhatsApp APK file from the official site. Right click on the icon once downloaded, select 'Open with...' then choose BlueStacks Apk Handler. Click OK and WhatsApp will be installed in BlueStacks.

 

4. Once installed, clicked the WhatsApp icon in BlueStacks to launch it. When you run it for the first time you'll be asked to verify your phone number. Select your country followed by the phone number you want to use for WhatsApp.

5. When confirmation of your number comes up, make sure the number is right then click on OK to proceed.

 

6. WhatsApp will now attempt to send you an SMS verification message. This will fail but you need to wait until it's finished anyway.

7. When the SMS verification fails, you'll be given the option to be contacted by phone with the verification code. When you click the Call me button your phone will ring after a few seconds and a recorded message will read you the code. Type this code into the space provided.

8. When you've correctly entered the code you'll be prompted to set up your profile information. Enter a name and add a profile picture if you like.

9. You'll be reminded that WhatsApp is free to try for a month, after which time you need to pay on an annual basis.

 

10. After clicking Continue your WhatsApp contacts list will be loaded. This is based on your phone contacts (on the number you used) who have WhatsApp installed. Click on a contact to start chatting to them.

11. Now you can chat away to your contact on WhatsApp, in just the same way as you would on a mobile device. You can switch between the keyboard and emoticons using the icon next to the message input box.

12. It's possible to use some of the file sharing features of WhatsApp on your PC. In our tests we were able to send photos, video and audio. To send files using WhatsApp click on the paper clip icon in the top-right corner.

 

 

Conclusion

There you have it! That's how you can run WhatsApp on your PC. While it might be a work-around, it performs well and will tide most users over until WhatsApp decides to release a desktop client. 

Commented

  • trad lbank |
    19/03/13
    trad lbank

    I want to know why the whatsapp don't writing arabic on pc Is there any solve to write in arabic where's the problem from the pc or from the version

  • hitendraupadhyay |
    22/03/13
    hitendraupadhyay

    i want to download on pc

  • DOODKLE GOGLERADS |
    23/03/13
    DOODKLE GOGLERADS

    @TRAD IBANK

  • BLACK VIRUS |
    25/03/13
    BLACK VIRUS

    well thank you for the imfo its very usefull

  • Eliskabarnard |
    26/03/13
    Eliskabarnard

    I want to download it on my computer

  • fambie |
    26/03/13
    fambie

    i need the same whatsaap both on my phone and my computer what do i do?

  • renata |
    03/04/13
    renata

    if i want to use whatsapp on pc, should i turn off the internet connection..?

  • Peter |
    04/04/13
    Peter

    my watssap don't work properly on my windows8 it doesn't close,minimise or add contacts. what could be the problem

  • Ephraim |
    05/04/13
    Ephraim

    I can't install BlueStacks App Player on windows xp, it requires NET framework 2.0 SP2.How can i get whatsapp

  • jaypal |
    06/04/13
    jaypal

    my whats app install at step 9 , but when i click on step 10 ( " invite your friends > tell your friend ) button , whatts app reply me sorry u may not have email client on this phone..... so help me pls..... what can i do ?

  • butt |
    08/04/13
    butt

    your what app are not fully download plz 1time more download

  • mevegas |
    09/04/13
    mevegas

    why is it dat installing demands 2GB RAM .am is 1GB

  • Swapnil |
    22/04/13
    Swapnil

    my whats app install at step 9 , but when i click on step 10 ( " invite your friends > tell your friend ) button , whatts app reply me sorry u may not have email client on this phone..... so help me pls..... what can i do ?

  • Sehar |
    22/04/13
    Sehar

    I Can't install bluestacks on my netbook, it says your graphics card has to be updated and i did update it still can't. what should i do? i need it so badly. please help me out.

  • dave |
    23/04/13
    dave

    cool staff man ....thanks alot finally i can use it on my pc

  • vasu |
    10/05/13
    vasu

    i can't install blue stack please help me out .i need it

  • fra |
    10/05/13
    fra

    Finally there is someone who really knows what they are doing. Thank you so much for explaining this in such a clear way. I wish you all the best in your endeavors.

  • Guillem |
    14/05/13
    Guillem

    I really like Line.

  • Ankit |
    21/05/13
    Ankit

    Works like a charm.. Thanks a ton for such a great explanation. Thank you

  • saeed |
    21/05/13
    saeed

    how can i see my received photos on my pc? where can i find it?

  • James |
    22/05/13
    James

    I cant watch videos sometimes. I just get the sound with lines going across the screen. To be fair its only happened on one video out of 10

    Any ideas?

  • Srinivasan |
    24/05/13
    Srinivasan

    how can i attach my videos in my pc - to send any mobiles

  • Shubhankar Roy |
    24/05/13
    Shubhankar Roy

    its says that Bluestacks currently doesnot recognise your graphics card.It is possible your Graphic driver may need to be updated.

  • No one |
    27/05/13
    No one

    Thanks a lot it did work

  • ber bir |
    29/05/13
    ber bir

    I don't like bluestacks Cuz its the looks ugly I only like the July bean soft were

  • aqb589 |
    02/06/13
    aqb589

    how to use the same whatsapp on both the devices..it seems to register whatsapp on one device at a time, and not both...i want it to work in a way that when i receive a whatsapp msg, it should give a notification on both the devices, phone and pc...in this case, it goes to ONE of the device, where the whatsapp is registered

  • sarath |
    05/06/13
    sarath

    my problem is i installed blue stack and used watsapp but my netconnection is losing frequenly may be it require greater speed than i had. and with the speed i have i can use skype vedio call.

  • dexter |
    07/06/13
    dexter

    It works but still it is useless as you can use Whatsapp on only one device at a time. So if you use it on your PC, the phone gets disconnected. :(

  • Peek-a-Boo |
    08/06/13
    Peek-a-Boo

    This is a great gadget. However its not much use because most of the BlueStacks functionalities revolve around copying your phone. SO you end up with an emulator that replicates a device that is touch screen friendly - trying to do everything with a mouse LOL!

    For now, a very nice gadget but not very useful. Also remember Whatsapp can only connect to one device at a time. So thats not much use either.

  • Huzaif Quazi |
    12/06/13
    Huzaif Quazi

    I Need Net Fame Work 3.0

  • kartik_patel |
    16/06/13
    kartik_patel

    bluestacks is not working on my laptop

  • anu_shri |
    18/06/13
    anu_shri

    i m unable to add contacts n not able to click clear pics...what to do plz suggest me admin

  • Syed Hassan |
    19/06/13
    Syed Hassan

    i love so much this in pc goods your company if u any job in ur company

  • king |
    20/06/13
    king

    will it work on windows 8 pro

  • Dharanidhar |
    23/06/13
    Dharanidhar

    This all is very basic thing, you need not keep pics and explain i suppose, just text would do.

    By the way, what if we want to send some file on desktop via whatsapp? is it possible??

    I need the location where the default images folders reside #whatsapp-Bluestack

  • kashaf khan |
    25/06/13
    kashaf khan

    in whatsapp there is no concept of login.if i use whatsapp on pc or mobile evrybody can read my personal messages which i dont want plzzz help me :(

  • pramod |
    29/06/13
    pramod

    thankyou for giving arround the world.

  • jagdish.30091990@gmail.com |
    30/06/13
    jagdish.30091990@gmail.com

    I have installed the Whats app, but contact list does not appeared. what should i do please reply

  • sagar |
    30/06/13
    sagar

    but, how can we upload photo from pc memory, it use only it's gallery.

  • Prathmesh Kushwaha |
    30/06/13
    Prathmesh Kushwaha

    Hey could not installed this software Failed initially. So please tell me the requirements of this application

  • Ramish |
    01/07/13
    Ramish

    in Blue Stacks i con not find whats app what should i do?

  • sandiip |
    02/07/13
    sandiip

    if i make a/c on whatsapp via PC can use same a/c on mobile phone or need to make another one...u have mention "If you already have WhatsApp installed on your phone it won't work"

  • rehan |
    07/07/13
    rehan

    good

  • pooja |
    12/07/13
    pooja

    i want to use whatsapp for pc

  • r |
    18/07/13
    r

    it doesn't complete its installation???

  • ajaz tantray |
    18/07/13
    ajaz tantray

    when i request it for confirmation code, it shows that massage.."ITS LOOK LIKE YOUR CLIENT HAS BEEN MODIFIED, PLEASE DOWNLOAD LATEST VERSION FRO GOOGLE PLAY" what to do, guide me.

  • daniel constantin |
    18/07/13
    daniel constantin

    ms up working thankyou

  • vinay k |
    29/07/13
    vinay k

    how to use shake option on PC

  • madhav |
    29/07/13
    madhav

    good

  • jack |
    29/07/13
    jack

    i use whatapp in pc

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