How to install WhatsApp on PC (Windows and Mac)(2014)

How-To

Many people wonder how to make use of WhatsApp on the computer.There are pages on the Internet that promise to have the WhatsAppinstallable file (WhatsApp.exe). That file isa fraud, because there is NOofficial WhatsAppapplication for PC(Windows, Mac, or Linux).

So if we want to use WhatsApp on PC,we must make use of a Android emulator for PC.

Beforewe begin let's clarify some basic concepts of this tutorial.If you already know what is Android, or have media-advanced knowledgein computers, you can skip this paragraph and go directly to thetutorial which explains the necessary steps to have WhatsAppinstalled on the computer.

Concepts:

  • Android: it is the operating system used by many mobile phones on the market. This operating system is Linux-based and has been developed by the company Google. In theory, Android can only be used on mobile devices (phones and tablets), but thanks to the emulation, you can install Android on personal Computers (Windows and Mac).

  • Android emulator: it is a program that is installed in the computer and allows to run Android operating system (OS) in the computer. Once installed, the program will be run like any other software, and we will have the Android OS installed in the PC. We can install virtually any Android application on the emulator, and handle it with the PC's mouse and keyboard.

  • .apk: this is the file extension of Android programs. When we open an .apk file in Android, the program inside the apk file will be installed. It is the equivalent of Windows .exe files.


Please note
: to be able to make use of WhatsApp onPC, you should have an extra mobile phone number.That is to say, we will not be able to use the same mobile phonenumber in the WhatsApp installed on PC. If our mobile number is777-77-77-77, we will not be able to use that number in the WhatsAppinstalled on PC, so we must use another different number.

Ifwe try to use the same phone number on the phone and on PC, it ispossible that our WhatsApp account will be blocked. Inthis web address http://www.whatsapp.com/faq/general/21009863 we willbe able to see the official web page information about using the sameWhatsApp account on different devices.
So, mobile number usedin for WhatsApp PC, will be used exclusively on thePC.

This tutorial is useful in the following situations:

  • We want to use a WhatsApp number in forums, sites of sale-purchase, social networks, etc. If we do not want to put our main phone number, we will be able to use a second phone number (virtual or real), and use that number to install WhatsApp without the need for another mobile phone.

  • We want to use WhatsApp as a PC program and only use it when we are in front of the PC. We need to make use of a second mobile phone number.


Download and Install Android emulator
:

The firstthing we need to do is to download BlueStacksAndroid emulator (free), which is available for Windowsand Mac. Here's the link to download Windows or Macversion: https://www.usitility.com/bluestacks/


Toinstall it, double click on the installer and wait it to finish. Theprocess may take several minutes, because the installer will downloadadditional files from the Internet.



DownloadWhatsApp.apk:

We will now proceed to download WhatsApp installer for Android. Here is the download URL:https://www.usitility.com/whatsapp/download-for-android. Remember that thisfile cannot be run on Windows or Mac directly, simplysave the file on the hard disk in order to use it later with theAndroid emulator.

WhatsAppInstallation inBlueStacks:

Now that we already have theAndroid emulator installed and have the WhatsApp file on the harddisk, we just need to double click on the WhatsApp.apk file,and it will automatically be opened on BlueStacks, and WhatsApp willbe installed on our virtual Android.


Ifdouble-clicking on WhatsApp.apk file it does not run BlueStacks, wewill click with the right mouse button on the WhatsApp.apk file andchoose the option “Open with...”, and we will chooseBlueStacks software.

WhatsApp Configuration:

Nowwe should simply follow the installation steps of WhatsApp.
Thefirst thing is to select the country of our mobile phonenumber.


Enter the mobile phone number and press OK. Ascreen will appear warning us that the mobile phone number will beverified.


We must bear in mind that the phone numberwe enter in this WhatsApp, must be different from the phone number weuse in our mobile phone WhatsApp.
We will receive a SMSwith a code that we must enter to finish the accountverification.
Once we verify our account, we can import contactsand make use of WhatsApp on the PC.


Theinstallation process is simple, and there should be no problem in thesteps above. Even so, if you have any problems or suggestions, do nothesitate to use the comments to let us know.


by Rubén Hernández

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