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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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  • http://www.facebook.com/Dhwanil.Girish.Savla Dhwanil Savla

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

  • arpit

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

    • Arun

      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…..

  • http://twitter.com/ms4you Slevin Sam

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

    • jojo

      Same prob! someone help, please?

  • Me!!

    where do i download the whatsapp program?

    • cukymonster

      DUDE go to whatsapp .com andd click download for android

  • Kae

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/vishalsukhadia VisHal SukHadia

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

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  • http://www.facebook.com/harshil.patel.167189 Harshil Patel

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

    • jurassic

      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

      do you have interweb?

  • bertrand

    do you mind giving us links to get these things?

  • amrendra

    working for me tooooooooooooo

  • JuniorGH

    Thank u guys. it worked for me too

  • Lou

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

  • Nick Smith

    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.

    • John Arhorns

      Hey Nick I saw the same from http://www.whatsappforpc.com as you said it is 100% free. They said they are doing a youwave post aswell. Still waiting for that. But all of them seem pretty much the same on youwave.

  • Clement Afreh

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000175838236 Dhruvdutt Indishell

    Thanks Dude :D

  • qwr

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

    • Clement Afreh

      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.

      Regards

  • Nebuloticus

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

  • RSG

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

  • surya

    hey how to download whatsapp on pc window xp

    • cyn

      download BlueStacks player on your PC and run Whatsapp from there. the best i tried so far

  • AZOUGH

    DFSA

  • bone

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

  • VARUN GUPTA

    is it working guys?

  • bb

    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

      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!!!

      • temple

        guy pls i do i down load whatsapp on my pc cus im using win7 laptop

      • SS

        Its still not working :(

  • PeterG

    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.

  • neha

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

  • Muhammad Mushthafa

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

  • Hitesh

    good 1….

  • Tom

    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?

  • Kalpeshshah

    wht is d meaning of whatsapp

    • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Kapil

      Nothing I guess, it’s just a name of an app.

  • C Jogaraj

    How to install in my laptop please guide me

  • Lul

    this is fake

    • Philippe

      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

      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!!!

  • Heartdeep94

    can i downlord whatsapp in qmobile

  • CLasSicsIDYllic

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

    • Philippe

      Lol! It should be 5 minutes. Try redoing everything.

  • Andy Sam

    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?

    • Marijke Bosch

      Mine does exactly the same! Did you manage to get it to work though?

  • Kingnoss

    Oh my word thanks guz. Thank

  • Suprit G Gupta

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

    • Me

      1. Go to
      http://youwave.com/store/
      2. Click on either “Pay with PayPal” or “Checkout with Google”
      3. Fill out the form

      Alternatively, as the author says, Google is your friend.

  • Rockymaheta

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

  • Anon

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

  • Salexp

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

  • http://www.jellyfishaudio.com/ Mark

    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.

  • guest

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

  • Shadreckmupara

    how do you configure

  • Rineh_13

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

  • Gerard Scheffel

    working fine on windows 7 64 bit even whattsapp

    • Batra Shubham1998

      But how to download It on PC!

    • ne

      how its possible in win7 teach me

    • misty

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

  • Joseph

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

  • Timon

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

  • Michel Khan

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

  • Tuyos777

    whatsapp cant be installed

    • Amirjk5

      ma betkafik 3a khat l beit???:P:P:P

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