WhatsApp is an insanely popular short messaging application that makes text messaging services for free via an Internet connection. Unfortunately, by default, WhatsApp isn’t compatible with tablets at present, but there are ways to deal with this. Some of the solutions require complex maneuvers such as rooting your device, but you don’t need to employ such kind of method. The following is a far simpler way to install WhatsApp on a tablet. Keep reading to know the guide.
Note: This will create a new WhatsApp account that is unique to your tablet and the downside is that this setup won’t sync up across your devices.
A phone number is required to create a WhatsApp account. If you use your current phone number for this, you will lose the WhatsApp account on your smartphone and it will be transferred to your tablet. Therefore, you have to buy a new SIM card to get a new number.
This can be considered as the cheapest, quickest, and most effective way to get WhatsApp on your tablet. Just insert your new SIM card into your smartphone and copy all of your contacts across to your new SIM before you start the setup. You will be able to insert your old SIM card again when you complete the procedure.
How to get WhatsApp on your tablet
- Download the last updated WhatsApp.apk from the WhatsApp website on your tablet. When doing this, so as not to be redirected straight to the Google Play Store, use your browser such as Chrome or Firefox and then request the Desktop site in the menu.
- From there, click on Android download and the .apk file will be downloaded to your tablet. (You also can download it on your computer and then move it to your tablet via USB or email.)
- Make sure that you’re able to install from unknown sources as by default, Android devices won’t let you install apps that don’t come from the Google Play Store. So go to Settings > Security > Unknown Sources on your tablet. In “Unknown Sources” option, check the box next to “Allow installation of apps from unknown sources”. If you are going to enable this option for long term, always make sure you know what you’re downloading and installing. Otherwise, uncheck the box as soon as this process is finished.
- Install the WhatsApp.apk on your tablet.
- Launch the app and follow the instructions. When the app asks for a number to authorize the application, enter in your new number. It won’t authenticate automatically, you will receive a SMS with a code to use to authorize the app first.
- Once your cell number is authenticated, proceed with the setup as normal.
- There you are! WhatsApp on your tablet!
How to move WhatsApp to your tablet
Following the instructions above, you will have WhatsApp installed on your tablet with a brand new account. If you want to transfer a WhatsApp account from your current device to your tablet, just follow the same steps using your current phone number.
The authorization will follow the same steps, but your account will be transferred over and it now can’t run on your smartphone any longer.