Install WhatsApp on Tablets & PCs

We all know that WhatsApp has over 900 million users, but for the existing app to work, we need a mobile number. If you are looking to become part of this huge community but don’t own a smartphone, then there is good news for you.

WhatsApp can be installed on PCs and tablet devices (including iPads). You can follow the instructions below and be part of the free messaging app. We will, however, cover Android tablets and PCs only.

WhatsApp Installation Guide for Android Tablets

Here is what you need to do to download WhatsApp on an Android tablet without a SIM card:

  1. Enable your tablet to install unknown sources by going to Settings, and then securities followed by Unknown Sources
  2. Open any browser on your tablet and go to the download page of WhatsApp.
  3. Download the ‘WhatsApp.apk’ from the link provided above.
  4. Install WhatsApp.apk
  5. The code will be sent to the phone number via SMS, if the phone is nearby, just see the code and punch it in when you get the chance to. If not… proceed to point 7.
  6. Because your device is without a SIM card, the app isn’t able to receive the verification code automatically and if the app refuses to give you the area to punch in the code yourself, then in five minutes’ time, it will show you another option of voice verification. Choose this option, so the code can then come on your phone.
  7. This time you will be given the option to type in code.
  8. Enter the code in your tablet.
  9. Once done, you are ready to use the app.

If however, your tablet already has a SIM card slot, the procedure becomes pretty straightforward:

  1. Download the WhatsApp file in your browser.
  2. Make sure your tablet has the setting to install apps from unknown sources.
  3. Install the app.
  4. Provide all the necessary details
  5. Verify your phone number
  6. Start using the app.

WhatsApp Installation Guide for PCs

Installing WhatsApp on the PC can be a bit trickier, but here are the steps to get it done:

  1. You need to download an Android Emulator for your PC; we suggest you use the BlueStacks App
  2. Once you download the emulator, set it up on your PC. This includes downloading game data, signing in with your Google Account and setting up other app features. Let it. That’s how the app works.
  3. Once the app is running, it will look like your Google App store.
  4. Now all you need is WhatsApp APK file which you can get from the download page of WhatsApp.
  5. Open the APK file in BlueStacks (it will do this automatically)
  6. Follow the on screen instructions which will be a lot like those mentioned above for tablet.
  7. Once installed, a desktop shortcut for WhatsApp will be generated for your PC
  8. Now you can start using WhatsApp by just clicking on the desktop icon!

Configuring WhatsApp on your PC is pretty simple

Do note that if you simply open Chrome/Firefox/Opera browser and go to https://web.whatsapp.com/ and log in via the QR code of your phone/tablet, you can technically use WhatsApp on PCs without any installation

But…. here is how you configure it:

  1. Enter your country name, mobile number and select ‘OK’
  2. Your phone will receive a verification message with a three-digit code
  3. Type in code on your PC
  4. WhatsApp is now configured and ready to use!

Installing WhatsApp on other devices is not very straight forward as compared to installing it on smartphones, but you will need to go an extra mile to get the most sought-after app in the market.

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Zahra Habib
Co Founder of QZ Consulting & editor at TechVise, Zahra has over 15 years of content development & editorial experience. She is a novelist & has written for media publications, magazines, businesses & digital platforms.

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51 COMMENTS

  1. I used to have whatsapp in my old phone but I couldn’t install it again in my new phone. it was working fine in my old phone yesterday, but now it shows that I need to install a new version which I couldn’t fined. please help. I alway use whatsapp as my primary chat app.

  2. I was able to install Bluestacks however I currently don’t have a working phone, so I’m not able to get the validating number. If I try using someone else’s to receive the message it links to their account, switching the accounts again prompts that a text be sent, any suggestions?

    • You need a working phone to install Whatsapp, even a simple Nokia bar phone will do the trick. I suggest, you insert your SIM card into someone else’s phone and then try again.

  3. I downloaded whatsapp on my table using the instructions outlined above. I was successful with all the steps until i reach the stage that it is suppose to be initialize. Everytime that page starts to load, i keep getting a pop-up saying :Unable to connect to network. Please check connection and try again… and my wifi is quite fine

      • Hello Zahra,
        Thank You very much for the concise explanation, it really has made everything ever so clear!

        I am purchasing a Nexus 7 3G (1st gen 2012) for a relative abroad.
        The tablet is 3G enabled and I will be purchasing a Data Plan so that she may use the internet when WiFi is out of range.

        My question is, on the Nexus 7 you can’t initiate phone calls (except through 3rd party application or Google Hangouts)

        During the initial setup when I’m prompted to add my Phone Number, I would normally enter the Phone number associated with the Sim Card installed in my device. It would then send the code to verify the account.

        Due to the Nexus 7 not having an official Call or SMS application. Will the text be successfully received or will I have to enter an actual Mobile Phone number to complete the verification process?

        Regards,
        Helana

  4. I installed whatsapp successfully, but its asking verification code/pin again and again. I already did 2 times. Once in phone and once on PC, with diff pin. For PC I got pin via SMS, but for Mobile I called customer care.
    What to do now?

  5. I install whatsapp on my tablet witch has no sim card slot. But I don’t know how add my contact to the apps. I can’t use the call app to do this.

    • I install whatsapp on my tablet witch has no sim card slot. But I don’t know how add my contact to the apps. I can’t use the call app to do thi

  6. After downloading Bluestacks when installing every time i get the message bluestacks needs at least 2GB physical memory I have 16 GB internal memory from which 4.5 GB is free and 32 GB card which is totally free but still it does not install in my tablet my tab is windows based i ball tab what should i do

  7. Thank you, it worked for me.
    From last couple of weeks, whenever I got to google app store, got a message that my device isn’t supported. Today I just made a little research and your article for installing this application on my device helped me.

    Thank you!

  8. Hey Zahra, After the upgrade of 2.16.95 version my samsung tab 4 T231 stopped supporting whatsapp.
    I tried installing from different sources but after installation its not working, saying device is not compatible but till 2.16.95 version it was working very well.
    Any suggestion.

    • The one which they are currently rolling out is 2.16.330 and the one I am being asked to upgrade from is 2.16.309 – It looks like you are on a much older version. Which OS are you on currently? And see if you can find a forum that can help out.

  9. Can you have it on two devices at once? When I install on tablet it asks to verify on phone. When I verify on phone, it soon asks me to verify on tablet. Like, I can’t have two verified at the same time.

    • No you cannot have whatsapp on two devices – The only device sharing it allows is Tablet + PC or Phone + PC. Please keep in mind verification is for security purpose which is why the QR code allowing for a sync between PC and verified device is valid only for a little while.

  10. I’ve installed WhatsApp on my Samsung tablet via the APK but what happens if I have to update thr APK to a newer version. Will my contacts, messages etc. be preserved?

  11. Hi Zahra,
    Thank you for this how-to. Just installed it on my tablet w/o any problems. However, I’m not sure I understand your instructions for downloading on a PC. By saying:
    “go to https://web.whatsapp.com/ and log in via the QR code of your phone/tablet, you can technically use WhatsApp on PCs without any installation”
    Do you mean to do so on the PC/Laptop, or on the tablet?
    Thanks again,
    Mala

    • On Tablet you open the app, can go into “WhatsApp Web” – your tablet will then scan for a QR code. Meanwhile, you keep that link above open and scan that QR code from the camera lens of tablet. When they both syncronise you can use whatsapp on PC/laptop… but just make sure your tablet is connected to internet and whatsapp is still working on the backend of your device. Otherwise the browser version on laptop/pc will disconnect.

  12. You are the real God for me !!! I was unable to download whatsapp messenger from the day I bought this app….I was so disappointed, but then found your article….A little late , but too early. Thank you very very much !

  13. Hi there! It would be so great if it were allowed to be installed on two devices (phone + tablet). Due to poor service where I live, I have to turn my phone into a mobile hotspot and place it in a spot inaccessible for use. This is when I wish I could use my tablet which is connected to the internet through my phone.

  14. Hello! I followed the instructions but it still didn’t allow the text be sent and said it couldn’t call my number. I have the ellipsis 8 tablet without sim.

    • Is should have allowed both text and call. Your SIM is working, correct? And the SIM number you punched into the tablet’s whatsapp was accurate i hope? Can you attach few screenshots via our contact form: https://tech-vise.com/contact/ And select: I want to report a problem/bug on website. If the form doesnt allow attachments then add just 1 for now and then we can take it from there.

  15. WhatsApp works perfectly on smartphones but only calls and video calls on Android Samsung tablets. Is there anyway we can chat too. Previous chats from friends before I installed app on tablet are shown, but we can’t chat tablet to tablet.
    Is there anyway it can be completely VOIP like Skype?
    Thank you.

    • WhatsApp works easily on all phones and tablets which are not on WP or iOS. Just make sure you read their FAQ and if you are experiencing issues with conversation, then see if you can ask whatsapp for help. I dont think Whatsapp can be voip like Skype. Perhaps move to another messenger which is fully supportive of tablets and phones…

  16. just realized I can install whats’up on a tablet (not having phone number/sim…). Will video conferencing and audio call will still work (in the article it mentioned text messages will work…)?

    Tx,
    Dan

    • You should have a working SIM to activate Whatsapp. After that you don’t really need the SIM to work. But its better that its a working one.

        • Nope. What you can do is install whatsapp normal on one device, and install whatsapp business on another to communicated between the two devices. You can use same number for both these separate apps.

  17. Hi Zahra! I’m struggling to update my whats app on my android tablet. I downloaded the whats app app .apk from their website and I’m even getting a message “installed”. But when I open the app, I’m getting the updating message page that- This version of whats app became out of date……. Please advise. Thanks You Zahra!

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