WhatsApp doesn’t need any introduction. It is one of the most popular cross-platform messaging application. Every day millions of users use WhatsApp to stay connected with friends, family and loved ones. WhatsApp Messenger is available for almost all mobile operating systems like Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry and Symbian. However, there is no WhatsApp for PC and web based chat client or software is not available for computer. This may not be a big issue for most users. But for me it is a serious a problem. I hate typing on mobile phones, I always prefer physical keyboard over touch screen keyboards. So when I’m using the computer I always wanted to use WhatsApp on the computer to chat with friends. Fortunately, there is still a way to use install and use WhatsApp on PC. We know that there are some Android emulators like BlueStack and YouWave which allows to run Android apps and games on computers. We can use these software to use WhatsApp on computer in a similar way. There is also an unofficial WhatsApp client for PC called ‘Wassapp’ that can be used for this purpose. I’ll be discussing the both ways of using WhatsApp on PC or laptop.
Guide to use WhatsApp on PC:
Method 1:Using Android Emulators
In this tutorial I’ve used BlueStack App Player because it is free and works on both Windows and Mac. Using BlueStack we can use WhatsApp on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and latest Windows 8. BlueStack needs a powerful computer with dedicated graphics card to run all Android apps and games smoothly. First download and install BlueStack App Player on your computer. Once installation is complete you will be greeted with the BlueStack home screen.
We can install both free and paid Android apps and games on BlueStack from Google Play Store, Amazon App Store, Get Jar and 1Mobile. To install any apps on BlueStack, click on the ‘Search’ icon on top right corner. A new windows will open where you can enter the name of applications or games. In this screen type ‘WhatsApp’ and click on ‘Find’ button. You will get many alternative options to install the app, select any one and hit the ‘Install’ button.
Start WhatsApp Messenger on BlueStack and enter your phone number. Keep in mind that WhatsApp doesn’t allow to use the same phone number on more than one device. So you have to use any new mobile phone number or use a home phone number instead. WhatsApp will try to verify the phone number automatically but the verification process will fail. Then it will show a screen where you can manually enter the 6 digit verification code. If you don’t receive the verification code you can use the ‘Call me’ option. You will get a call from WhatsApp with the verification code.
Once the verification process is complete you will be able to create your account and add contacts. Now you are ready to use WhatsApp Messenger on computer.
Method 2: Using unofficial WhatsApp PC client
Wassapp: WhatsApp for PC Client:
There is another way to use WhatsApp on PC. An unofficial WhatsApp client for PC has been developed by a company called Low Level Studio. The WhatsApp computer client is called ‘Wassapp‘. While it is not the prettiest chat client, it gets the job done. Wassapp works on all Windows versions like Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. I’ve tested this WhatsApp desktop client on my computer running Windows 8 and it worked perfectly.
Wassapp is available as a dedicated Windows installer package which around 11 MB in size. Start Wassapp after completing installation process. On the welcome screen you will get two options, log in to your existing WhatsApp account or register a new account.
If you are already using WhatsApp on a mobile phone you need to enter the phone number and password. If you are using an Android phone then password is the IMEI number of the phone. Apple iPhone users need to inter Wi-Fi Mac address in the password field.
When I was testing it, I didn’t have WhatApp account, so I selected Register option. To register a new account, select your country first then enter the mobile phone number. Now you have to enter IMEI number of any mobile or WI-Fi Mac address if you have an iPhone. Next, select method of receiving the WhatsApp verification code and click on ‘Request Code’ button. Now you will receive the verification code either by SMS or by call. Enter the code you have received and proceed to the next screen. A password will be generated for your account, copy the password and login to Wassapp using it.
Once you have logged into the WhatsApp for PC client, you will be welcomed with a streamlined chat window. You can either add contacts or import existing phone contacts. Once WhatsApp contacts are added you can start chatting with them. Wassapp supports smilies and file sharing through attachments. It also supports group chatting and ‘Last seen’ feature. So it is basically a full-fledged WhatsApp for PC. You will get notification when you receive a new message, but for that you need to keep the software open in the background.
Share this tutorial with friends and start chatting on WhatsApp from computer.