WhatsApp is the world’s most widely-used messaging application. One annoying problem with WhatsApp is that it’s not available on PC.
Or is it?
WhatsApp isn’t officially available on PC, but thanks to a neat trick, you can easily make it work on your PC.
Today, I’m going to show you how to send and receive WhatsApp messages on your PC (and learn how to install any other Android app on your PC in the process).
Step 1) Download an Android app emulator. We recommend BlueStacks, which is free software and easy to use.
Step 2) Run the BlueStacks setup file and follow the steps to install the software. BlueStacks will request access to things like “App Store Access” and “App Notifications”. You can uncheck both of those options and this guide will still work.
Step 3) It may take a few minutes for BlueStacks to complete the installation. Towards the end of the installation process, BlueStacks will run in full-screen mode. To exit full-screen mode without quitting the installation process, click the diagonal line icon in the top-right corner of your screen.
Step 4) BlueStacks should now be running. Now, open your internet browser and download the WhatsApp APK file from here (WhatsApp will download automatically after you click that link). Alternatively, search for WhatsApp in the BlueStacks search engine.
Step 5) Double-click the WhatsApp.apk file from wherever it downloaded on your computer. BlueStacks should automatically recognize the .apk file and begin the installation process.
Step 6) Open BlueStacks once more and look for the grid of installed apps. WhatsApp should be somewhere on that grid.
Step 7) Enter your phone number and then click Verify. Wait 5 minutes while WhatsApp attempts to verify you over SMS. Then, after you’ve waited for 5 minutes, WhatsApp will suggest verifying by voice. Click “Call Me”. WhatsApp will call you and read out a verification code. Enter that verification code into the verification screen.
Step 8) After you’ve entered the Verification code, you’re all set up and good to go. Unfortunately, none of your contacts will appear. However, you’ll still be able to reply to message you receive.
Step 9) You can also add contacts manually to WhatsApp by clicking on the three dots icon in the top-right corner of your screen, then click Contacts. The contacts will only be saved locally on your system, but they’re viewable on your PC.
So what’s the catch?
The catch with this method is that you can’t seamlessly send and receive messages on both your phone and your computer at the same time. WhatsApp only lets you link your account to one device at a time, and there’s a 20-minute delay between verification attempts.
So aside from that restriction, you’ve got a fully working version of WhatsApp on your computer. And that’s pretty cool.
You can install any Android app using this method
That’s it! That’s all you need to know about installing WhatsApp on your PC! How easy is that? BlueStacks App Player really is pretty amazing. And no, I’m not getting paid to say that. But I really wish I was.
In any case, BlueStacks is one of several major emulators available on PC today. It’s arguably the best one out there, but its’ not perfect. Many apps will work seamlessly on PC, but certainly not all.