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Whatsapp for PC Installation Guide

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Whatsapp for PC

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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

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  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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  • tanuj

    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

  • Mayuresh

    its needs a 2gb

  • me

    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

  • akshay

    i have downloaded bluestacks but it is not installing whats app

  • akshay

    bluestacks installing taking alooottt of time… please help

  • naveen

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

  • banda

    its needs a 2gb

  • Scumbag Steve

    I can’t see any messages in whatsapp!

    • Scumbag Steve

      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.

  • Kees Janssen

    I will use it online not with any program

  • Derok

    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.

  • pooh

    bluestacks installing taking alooottt of time… please help :(

  • Chandan Tiwary

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

  • Angel Champaneria

    thanssszzxxx a lotss offffff…

  • http://twitter.com/BNblah Aiyappa Biddanda

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

  • Lisa Ndlovu

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

  • Harry garg

    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?

  • zunair89

    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?

  • Paresh

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

  • ipsa

    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?

  • http://www.facebook.com/javier.lcw Javier Wei

    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?

  • imtiyaz khan

    thanx dude,,, its working awesome…

  • aniket

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

  • sharmila basu

    bt BlueStacks dont install in my pc pleeeeeee help me

    • avinash

      hy first instal blue staks apps ,, then use

  • Qazi Tanzim

    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.

  • Eric

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

  • Iam

    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

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