Whatsapp for PC Installation Guide


Whatsapp for PC

Whatsapp is one of the most popular cross-platform messaging services currently available across iOS, Android, Blackberry & Symbian S60 platforms.  Unlike the popular Blackberry Messenger a.k.a which works exclusively across Blackberry devices, Whatsapp is cross compatible across all the platforms that it supports, and users can message each other irrespective of the device being used.

Since WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends. In addition to basic messaging  WhatsApp Messenger users can send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages.

But in case you don’t have a data plan on your mobile or want to chat with long texts, then you would definitely wish that you could use it on your laptop or PC. While there is no official WhatsApp application available for Windows PCs, you can still use it by applying a workaround. Lets have a look at how to do that and get chatting with your friends in minutes right from your Windows PC or laptop.

How to Whatsapp on PC

  1. We would be using an a free Android emulator called BlueStacks on your PC to download and use Whatsapp services. Download BlueStacks to your PC,and install it like a regular Windows application, by double clicking the exe file. Let the installer take its time to download runtime packages and install fully.
  2. Once BlueStacks has been completely installed, it will automatically launch and you should see the home screen, like in the screenshot below. BlueStacks runs like any other Windows app, and you can Alt-Tab between your other open windows and BlueStacks with ease
    BlueStacks Home
  3. Now go ahead and search for Whatsapp by clicking on the blue colored Search button on the Top right. Once you see it in the search results, just click the Install button next to it to start download and installation in BlueStacks.
    BlueStacks Search Results
  4. Once BlueStacks has downloaded and installed Whatsapp, you should get a notification in your Windows system tray that Whatsapp has been installed. You’re running an Android emulator inside Windows, remember?
  5. Now click the Home button in the BlueStacks window, to go the home screen. You should now see the Whatsapp icon there, just like you would on your Android device home screen. Double click the icon to launch Whatsapp and you should be greeted with the familiar welcome screen.
    Whatsapp welcome screen
  6. Click the Agree and continue button to proceed. On the next screen, select your country from the dropdown list. The country code will get automatically populated by Whatsapp. In the Phone Number field, enter an active phone number that you have access to. If you want to use the same number as the one you are using on your phone, you would need to uninstall Whatsapp from your phone before proceeding. Reason being that Whatsapp only allows one account per phone number.
    Phone number verification
  7. If you are using a phone number which has already been registered with Whatapp in the past, it will automatically pick up your avatar image and default Whatsapp name. Add your name and click Next on the Top right of the screen
    Profile picture and name
  8. That’s it. You now have Whatsapp installed successfully on your Windows machine. But we are far from done yet. To be able to chat with all your friends over Whatsapp on your PC, you still need to add all your phone contacts to BlueStacks. Even if you have your Android contacts synced with Outlook on Windows, BlueStacks cannot read them. So we’re going to have to employ a slightly more circuitous route to get your contacts into BlueStacks. To do so, go back to your Android device and install a free app called MC Backup from the Play Store. Launch it on your phone, and tap the Green Backup Button on the main screen. The app will immediately start backing up all your phone contacts. Once it is done, just tap the Send button and enter your own email address in the email window that opens. You can then open your email on your PC and download the vcf file with all your phone contacts that the app would have sent to you.
    My Contacts Backup app
  9. That’s half the job done, with your Android contacts having been sent to your PC over email. Download the MCBackup.vcf file that you would have received in your mail, and save it to your desktop.
  10. Next, on your desktop browser, go to the Dropbox website, go ahead and create a free Dropbox account, if you don’t already have one. If you do, just sign into the web interface of Dropbox, and upload the MCBackup.vcf file that you saved to your Windows desktop in Step 9.
  11. Now go back to BlueStacks and click on the Search button. Search for Dropbox, and install it in  the same way you did Whatsapp.
  12. Once installed, launch Dropbox from the BlueStacks home screen, and click Start on the welcome screen of Dropbox
    Dropbox welcome
  13. Enter your Dropbox login credentials and sign in to Dropbox. Click Next on the screen that follows, and Skip on the next screen. You should now see your main Dropbox account dashboard, along with the MCBackup.vcf  file that you just uploaded to the web version of Dropbox. Just click on it once to download it to BlueStacks.
    Dropbox dashboard
  14. Once BlueStacks finishes downloading the contacts file, it will present you with an option box. Just click on Contacts and then click on the email address under which you want to save those contacts.
    Save contacts
  15. BlueStacks will now start importing all your contacts from the vcf file.
    Import contacts
  16. That’s it. Now click the Home button in BlueStacks to go to the homescreen, and launch Whatsapp. Click on the Pencil icon on the top right, and you should see all of your Whatsapp contacts listed. Click on any one and start chatting, just the way you would on your phone.
    Whatsapp contacts

You have now installed Whatsapp successfully on your Windows PC, and can comfortably handle long chats through your PC or laptop keyboard. Keep in mind though, that this workaround will not let you transfer images or videos like you can on your phone or tablet. But that’s a minor inconvenience compared to being able to successfully use Whatsapp Chat on your PC.

Go ahead and try this out step by step, and you should be up and running with Whatsapp on your PC in about 30 minutes. Share this guide with your friends too, and if you or your buddies have any comments, we’d love to hear them in comments below.

Note: We’ve removed the old method which included the use of paid software YouWave.

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  1. Tuyos777 says:

    whatsapp cant be installed

  2. Michel Khan says:

    no internet, and whats app says it need mobile network to run

  3. Timon says:

    yes, this solution not working, mobile network needed…n

  4. Joseph says:

    Not work together one phone number. if PC ready, in phone is connection failed and you must delete and
    reinstal WhatsApp in mobile

  5. Gerard Scheffel says:

    working fine on windows 7 64 bit even whattsapp

  6. Rineh_13 says:

    very easy and useful..works great on windows 7 64 bit..

  7. Shadreckmupara says:

    how do you configure

  8. guest says:

    works alright but big effort and i now have to re register my phone when i want to used it on the device again

  9. Mark says:

    I installed the Android developers kit with free Android platform (I used 2.2), set up a virtual Android device, installed WhatsApp, ran it and waited for the voice call verification which all worked fine. Added contacts who use WhatsApp (including my own Android phone… different phone number of course) and tried it out. All works fine other than the typing speed on the Android emulated device is rather slooowwwwww.

  10. Salexp says:

    very easy, fast and useful. works on windows 7 64 bit..Thanks!!

  11. Anon says:

    Theres another guide over here.. this one gives the links to everything http://www.whatsappforpc.wordpress.com

  12. Rockymaheta says:

    How to upload photos on whatsup from pc???/

  13. Suprit G Gupta says:

     i have downloaded youwave but its trial version
    how can i get full version please give me the code

  14. Kingnoss says:

    Oh my word thanks guz. Thank

  15. Andy Sam says:

    mine keeps telling android pc is not ready and then tells to check the Ethernet setting by clicking on menu but i do no settings come for me to do that. does it work on windows xp?

  16. CLasSicsIDYllic says:

    You recently connected, please wait for 1320 minutes before trying again. how am i gonna do this?

  17. Heartdeep94 says:

    can i downlord whatsapp in qmobile

  18. Lul says:

    this is fake

    • Philippe says:

      Works great! I have it installed and running. Tip: when you run the YouWave installer, right-click and Run as Administrator, this solved all my problems regarding YouWave.

    • Missing In Action says:

      Be patient my friend and follow the instructions carefully. It’s simple, easy and very enjoyable. You can post a specific problem you are having and people will help you. Please be grateful & don’t condemn it. ENJOY!!!

  19. C Jogaraj says:

    How to install in my laptop please guide me

  20. Kalpeshshah says:

    wht is d meaning of whatsapp

  21. Tom says:

    it works fine, thanks for the guide.  Is there a way to send images through the PC in the same way you would using a smart phone?

  22. Hitesh says:

    good 1….

  23. Muhammad Mushthafa says:

    I can’t add from my Whatsapp in PC. i need some help for anyone!!

  24. neha says:

    the instructions are accurate and to the point..it works just fine…thanks :)

  25. PeterG says:

    There is another free way if you dont want to purchase YouWave i found the info on whatsappforpc.com thay talk about a smaller install and adding contacts. it worked for me and was pretty easy.

  26. bb says:

    For me it says that the messages cannot be sent and will be sent when the service becomes available. Its been saying that for an hour now. what do I do?

    • Missing In Action says:

      MY FRIEND I HAVE JUST INSTALLED IT ON MY WIN7 LAPTOP AND I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM. THE SIMPLE SOLUTION IS: Add the person you want to sms to the contact list first, then from the contact list you can now start chatting with the person. Remember to put the person’s number in international format please. Try it with someone who you are sure is ready. It is very simply and interesting. ENJOY!!!

  27. VARUN GUPTA says:

    is it working guys?

  28. bone says:

    thanks a lot , it works great. u are a good teacher. But how do i send pics. I tried several times. Reply pls

  29. AZOUGH says:


  30. surya says:

    hey how to download whatsapp on pc window xp

  31. RSG says:

    am failing to import my contacts vcard file from the SD in my pc

  32. Nebuloticus says:

    Download YouWave from TPB(torrent) and Whatsapp.apk from the link above(win XP and 7)… thats all you need ppl……

  33. qwr says:

    how to add contacts..??
    It’s showin no contacts added..

    • Clement Afreh says:

      u need to add them one by one.

      On the main page which looks like the screen of a fon, click the green handset button, click menu button, click new contact . put name and number in the international format eg +2550026356544.

      if that person is on whatsapp, the whatsapp icon will show by the number.


  34. Clement Afreh says:

    How do i copy pictures and music from my pc to youwave?
    How do I send files from my pc to my whatsapp contacts?

  35. Nick Smith says:

    What is meant by Google is your firend? I am assuming you are mentioning getting a crack? Also there is a full free version on using blue stacks. Just as easy as your guide.

  36. Lou says:

    installed to Win7 laptop just as published; no problems, works a treat – thank you very much!

  37. JuniorGH says:

    Thank u guys. it worked for me too

  38. amrendra says:

    working for me tooooooooooooo

  39. bertrand says:

    do you mind giving us links to get these things?

  40. it got installed corectly…. but messages cannot be sent as it shows no network coverage…. what is the solution for it??

    • jurassic says:

      u r trayin to send sms with the application wich u canot do. datz y it shows ”
      no network coverage”. u need to click on watsap logo aftr typin the text. wen a contact is selected, 2 options can b seen: 1-watsap 2-sms (both r differentiated by special type of logo only).

    • cukymonster says:

      do you have interweb?

  41. ibrahim dankour 79141694 says:

    whatsapp ibrahim dankour

  42. ibrahim dankour 79141694 says:

    79141694 abou 3azab

  43. azeez fatai says:

    add me up

  44. you wave cant working on my pc…
    ihave xps 15 …i had install it bt home did not open…

  45. Kae says:

    I love it.. Pls how do i sync my contacts to Youwave from my outlook?

  46. Me!! says:

    where do i download the whatsapp program?

  47. Slevin Sam says:

    Android OS not ready. Please wait a few seconds before retrying. & I can’t access the menu !!

  48. arpit says:

    very very very he;pful yaar
    i am able to user whatsup on my laptop

    • Arun says:

      when i’m trying to install whatsapp in the youwave, im getting the following command:: ” Android OS not ready. Please wait a few seconds before retrying.” please help…..

  49. Android OS not ready. Please wait a few seconds before retrying. & I can’t access the menu !! same error …

  50. How to Register a mobile number ? ?

  51. wow… its working fine properly,,,,,… great stuff….. btw how to add all the contacts at one go?

  52. Arun says:

    when i’m trying to install whatsapp in the youwave, im getting the following command:: ” Android OS not ready. Please wait a few seconds before retrying.” Somebody please help…..

  53. Shae says:

    I’m using WhatsApp on my pc with my number but i want to use the same phone number to run WhatsApp on my smartphone. How do i do that?

  54. kenneth says:

    add me 233248454001

  55. prit says:

    thnks a lot…..bt plz tell me…how can i import the pics from pc to this youwave application?????

  56. prit says:

    how can i upload the photo in wtsapp by using my computer’s pic

  57. ahmad says:


  58. mimo says:

    how do u downloads whatsapp on pc

  59. akash says:

    from where to download youwave plz help?

  60. lesley says:

    there is no internet connection in my youwave, how do i activate it?

  61. Junior says:

    +233244106896 add me

  62. Lazuli says:

    it works great!thank you!!!had little difficulty downloading,but followed the instructions and got through finally.I only got lost reading the part (Now copy the WhatsApp.apk file in to the directory OR you can also download it within the emulator through Android AppStore),i thought I had to do a separate download at first.but after getting through YouWave it all came together.

  63. Alan says:

    Wonder why the developers are so butthurt about creating a Windows version in the first place?

  64. myk says:

    when i try to connect to internet or try to activate whatsapp over android emulator…it shows that internet connection not available although i have it …..why???????

  65. firiimen says:

    looks working but can not invite any friends! it says the message will be sent when the service becomes avaliable!!!

  66. Kay says:

    Can anyone here help me get the activation key for ‘youwave’ mine seems to be a trial version.

  67. Game says:

    Unable to connect when I select call option for verification. Pls help

  68. tans20 says:

    i have tried several phone numbers but each time it says sms verification failed. the call me option is not working either. what can i do?

  69. huss says:

    same thing Im not receiving any call for verification code

  70. beth says:

    how to stop voice msg auto saving to my music files????

  71. Knilles says:

    Works much better with Blue Stacks. It’s free!

  72. Lenin Fernzz says:

    i dint get on step num.5 plzz tell in detail

  73. facebook says:


  74. dinkar says:

    no service is coming.. what 2 do??????

  75. rootagepirates says:

    not getting the verification call….what to do…?

  76. nii says:

    unable to connect. its letting me no network connection.pls any help

  77. keanuchiu says:

    You can download it by searching on google.

  78. daz says:

    unable to virify sms and the call option doesnt seem to work either

  79. trolololo13 says:

    how do u download whatsapp 2 ur PC plz help >_<

  80. plz reply says:

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  81. plz reply says:

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  82. ravi says:

    works awesum

  83. mohd says:


  84. Witek says:

    Well, I must say that this has worked for me so well, that if anything else in life follows this trend I will be the happiest man in the world. Simply, I just followed the given instruction. The only little snag is, which has nothing to do with this page, I tried to buy the YouWave with my Paypal account, but it failed, twice. So it will be a shame that in three days time I will not be able to use it. Thank you for your help

  85. rashi says:

    m not able to download it plezz help me

  86. azhar nawaz says:

    plz tell me how i download my laptop whatsapp??plz help

  87. azhar nawaz says:

    plz tell me how i download my laptop whatsapp??plz help

  88. azhar nawaz says:

    plz tell me how i download my laptop whatsapp??plz help

  89. azhar nawaz says:

    plz tell me how i download my laptop whatsapp??plz help

  90. anthony totti karageuzian says:

    can u pls send me the link to the download site?

  91. Javed says:

    How to use Whatsapp in Nokia N73

  92. fred says:

    l don’t know the site to download.please help me

  93. Juicy says:

    Got it working and all but how do I connect to people? I have a friend in Sierra Leone I want to get in touch with but whenever I send a message it says “waiting to send” … and then “sending failed”. What’s that aboout?

  94. Thato says:

    it keeps saying there’s no connection how do I fix that, because I do have a working internet connection, and I allowed it past the firewall

  95. hey i rajesh chopra

  96. robo says:

    thank you, works great! can I do the same with viber? I tried but got this message. “Viber has ARM native code and is not supported.”

  97. sss says:

    how do i cofigure whatsapp on windiws pc?

  98. qwerty man says:

    you wave takes age to download but it is totally worth it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  99. qwerty says:

    m trying to register my number but sms verification failed. tried call me also but its been 3-4 hrs i din get any call.. help me out plz

  100. rtrnavin says:

    android OS not ready. Please wait a few seconds before retrying.

  101. rtrnavin says:

    android OS not ready. Please wait a few seconds before retrying.

  102. swaroop says:

    use bluestaks it’s good one

  103. rajat tandon says:

    how i download whatsapp in my PC?

  104. Deepith Jain says:

    I loved your post so what I have decided is to post How To from your post and pasted on by blog.
    I don’t think I have violated copyright issues. you can check on my blog.

  105. pvm ram says:

    it says you already connected when i press the call me button

  106. heyy did everything….but while verifying i’m getting failure…:( NO call NO message !! why is it happening??

  107. Gilang says:

    thx thi site is very help fulll..

    but i have 1 question…
    how can i use atach in whatsapp ?
    the “browse” comand is nowhere

  108. adnan says:

    how to use whats up in nokia 6120

  109. vinod yadav says:

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  110. vinod yadav says:

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  111. vinod yadav says:

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  112. hazra says:

    saya suka kamu

  113. hazra says:

    @norsafini:disqus ki

  114. anthony says:

    where can l get the Application for What App

  115. anthony says:

    please where l can l download what App for my laptop..please help me out wannna put it on my laptop

  116. Jinal says:

    I lots of Try But Still i m not recieve any call from whatsup ??? what will i do for it? please help me if u have any suggestion please send me on jinal_j_mehta@yahoo.com

  117. sheko says:

    add me for sexy woman only00966541845913

  118. Kumar says:

    Thanks a lot

  119. Try But Still i m not recieve any call from whatsup ??? what
    will i do for it? please help me if u have any suggestion please send me
    on nashlampard@yahoo.com

  120. HOW TO DOWNLOAD YOUWAVE,,,,,,thanx!

  121. Murali says:

    sry i cud nt get workout………:(:(
    i ve uploaded d error pic.
    tis hapness wen i double click whatapp application….
    pls help me to solve it……..
    pls mail @ remo18m@gmail.com

  122. Jaco says:

    Tells me am using an old version 2.3.4, but it looks to be the newest on market!!!! am i wrong?

  123. raman says:

    Yaar nor getting you wave key..

  124. rehan says:

    how to download it

  125. nipul says:

    android OS not ready. Please wait a few seconds before retrying.

    only this msg.appears with youwave andorid

  126. king says:

    Im stuck,i copied the whatsapp app to the directory fine but i double click the icon on the view->apps but nothing is happening

  127. Agyei says:

    my whatapp messages dont seem to go
    still sending

  128. kk says:

    Is there a way to use watsapp on your PC, but with the same account you use on your phone? (in other words like not havin to reinvite your friends n stuf?)

  129. disqus_7ddKuagK9H says:

    how do i upload pics from pc to Bluestacks whatsapp?

  130. Swati says:

    Shows message “Requires atleast 2 GB of physical memory”. Please help.

  131. Swati says:

    print_screen of error message

  132. For me it worked perfectly.. and now i’m using Whats app on my lappi… Thanks Admin :)

  133. Umer Nasim says:

    can i use whats app on pc?

  134. yash patel says:

    my pc needed physical memory…what is it ?????

  135. diederik says:

    Here is a video showing you how to use whatsapp simultaneously on your computer and phone: http://youtu.be/PZrVK5fOT74

  136. Playa says:

    working :) add me 00923218996662

    • Ghulam Nabi says:

      which window u r using now … I have windows 7 64bit OS … on Core i5 but it showing the graphic error that its out dated … as my window and graphics are updated …

  137. zzzzzzzzzzz says:

    not working for me

  138. : ) says:

    i love you thanks tou soooo much ! ♥

  139. Lalit Sharma says:

    its showing grphic card error…how do i solve.?

  140. FISTON says:

    nt working on xp 32 bit

  141. sourabh says:

    yaar bhaut hi badiya cheez hai maze hi aa gaye thankyou your site

  142. dash says:

    BlueStacks install nahi horaha hai.. errors..

  143. ayush says:

    i have iphone then how could i download android app

  144. rachu says:

    how can i use?

  145. Davi Mourão says:

    BlueStacks doesnt work for me… “No App found. Please check network connectivity!”

  146. andriyani says:

    I’ve finished downloading but whenever installing pobud error …. please help friend

  147. megha says:

    good morning

  148. megha says:


  149. Mageshwar J says:

    on the start of installation of bluestacks i get this message “The application failed to initialize properly(0xc0000135). Click ok to terminate the application”….. pls help me

  150. Iam says:

    There is a simple way of installing whats app….
    1) Load the bluestack software
    2) click on apps store icon
    3) click on get jar

    4) click on the app you want
    5) a window will appear select the google play store
    6)and click on the install button.
    working through the play store allows you to stop getting messages say no network connection

  151. Eric says:

    Thanks for the info, got it up on running on the first shot following these instructions!

  152. Qazi Tanzim says:

    While installing BlueStacks I am getting a “Graphic Card doesn’t recognized’ error, what should i do. Or i’ll not be able to install BlueStacks.

  153. sharmila basu says:

    bt BlueStacks dont install in my pc pleeeeeee help me

  154. aniket says:

    i have symbion mobile how should i add contact to my list

  155. imtiyaz khan says:

    thanx dude,,, its working awesome…

  156. Javier Wei says:

    i dont have grafic card in my computer, and i really want to use this android enviroment, ist any other way to create android os in window?

  157. ipsa says:

    how to add contacts if i dont have an android phone…..that means if i cannot do that mybackup procedure?
    can i add even without it?

  158. Paresh says:

    wowowow its working awesome, i followed all the step n the result iz rocking __!!!
    thanks alot__!!!

  159. zunair89 says:

    Thanks a lot it working.. but my phone is not Android, I am using Nokia N8. Is there any way to sync mobile contacts with Blue-stacks?

  160. Harry garg says:

    net is not working on my ph, so can u plzz suggest a way out..how can i add all my ph contacts into my pc without net..?? by data cable or smthng?

  161. Lisa Ndlovu says:

    i cant seem to find whats-app on blue stacks some 1 help

  162. thanks a lot . This was really what i needed , it’s working like a charm . . .

  163. Angel Champaneria says:

    thanssszzxxx a lotss offffff…

  164. Chandan Tiwary says:

    not installing at the last stage …it stops..plz mail…chandantiwary17@gmail.com

  165. pooh says:

    bluestacks installing taking alooottt of time… please help :(

  166. Derok says:

    While I am trying to download BlueStacks installation, the attached error is shown by the system. Kindly guide me in installing BlueStacks. Thanks in advance.

  167. Kees Janssen says:

    I will use it online not with any program

  168. Scumbag Steve says:

    I can’t see any messages in whatsapp!

    • Scumbag Steve says:

      and I used same number as the one I’m using on my phone without uninstalling from phone. 1. Instead of downloading additional mc backup, just use import/export of android system. 2. Also, instead of using dropbox, just drag and drop vcf file on bluestacks player.

  169. banda says:

    its needs a 2gb

  170. naveen says:

    it could not recognize my graphics card…..wat to do

  171. akshay says:

    bluestacks installing taking alooottt of time… please help

  172. akshay says:

    i have downloaded bluestacks but it is not installing whats app

  173. me says:

    waste of time .. once it took the lonnnggggg time to actually install , it started crashing out the laptop .. uninstalled ill look some where else !!! not happy took about a hour

  174. Mayuresh says:

    its needs a 2gb

  175. tanuj says:

    somebody help me… tell me d way by which i save my chat dat i used in whtsapp for pc… email me plz asap tanuj.iam002@gmail.com

  176. Graham Chapman says:

    I am stuck. Is there any way I can import my list of whatsapp contacts from my Nokia N8 mobile into the above already installed Blue Stacks app on my window 7 SP1 desktop PC? Any help will be greatly appreciated. My e-mail address is jirehtrust777@gmail.com

  177. basil says:

    how can i see when a friend is online (i am not getting any notification as in a smart form)

  178. Arpit says:

    I can use what’s app in my laptop but the performance of bluestack is very slow and hang the application bluestack again and again..

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