Gone are those days when you could only use WhatsApp on a compatible mobile device. That limitation meant that if you happened to lose your mobile or it malfunctioned due to any reason whatsoever, there was no chance of you communicating with your contacts via WhatsApp until you could manage to lay your hands on another compatible mobile device.
Thankfully, that is no longer the case as now you can run WhatsApp on your desktop computers and laptops by using Android emulators. Bluestacks is one of the most popular emulators on the market and has the ability to support almost all applications that run on the Android platform.
Here is a complete guide as to how you can use this software to run WhatsApp on non-mobile devices and stay connected with your friends and relatives.
How To Install WhatsApp On The PC
You must download the Bluestacks App Player which is going to work as an Android emulator. Download the file from the official website and just verify the account with a mobile number.
During the installation process, the App Player will ask permission for App Store Access and for App notifications. You may choose to uncheck them when installing the software. The installation takes a bit if time so do not get hassled as there is no need to panic. Try to click on the diagonal line icon to get out of the full screen and go into windowed mode.
Now you must download the WhatsApp APK file from your web browser. Remember to keep Bluestacks running. Double click the APK file and it will automatically install itself.
Bluestacks will now display all the apps that you may have installed on the device. Try to locate the WhatsApp icon and click on it to launch the app.
Now you just need to enter your phone number to verify your account. The app will try to send you a verification SMS on the number given by you. If this fails then you will have the option of voice verification after 5 minutes. You will get a call and your verification code will be spoken out to you. Listen to it carefully and enter the code at the specified box to complete the verification step.
Now remember your contacts will not show up when you are done with this step. You will have to individually add up contacts which will be saved locally on the device you are using. However, you can still receive messages from anyone even if they are not on the contact list. In order to add contacts, you will have to manually search and add them.
Another thing that you should know is that if you have been part of different groups on WhatsApp, you will have to ask the group moderator to add you again as they will not show up when you are using WhatsApp from the PC.
Just remember the fact you cannot use two devices with a single number at the same time so if you plan to use a phone too, you will have to verify yourself again after a delay of 20 minutes. So there you go. If you complete the above steps properly then you may resume interacting with your friends and contacts while using WhatsApp from a PC without needing a SIM card.