WhatsApp is an extremely popular messaging app for your mobile, it is available on iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows phone but what if you want to use it on your PC ? Well luckily there is a way and in this tutorial I will show you how to get it up and running in no time. This method will work on most versions of Windows – 7, 8, Vista and XP so lets get started.

Download WhatsApp for Android

Android software is saved in a file format called APK which stands for “Application Package File” so firstly to install WhatsApp you will need the .apk file so head over to the WhatsApp site and download it here.

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Hit the “Download Now” button and save the file to your computer – we will need it later.

Install Android Emulator

Next you will need an Android Emulator,  there is a free one called “BlueStacks” which we will use for this tutorial so head to their site and download it.

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Run the file you downloaded to begin the installation process

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Load the WhatsApp .APK

The BlueStacks app automatically associates .APK files with itself so if you now find the WhatsApp file you downloaded before, you will see the icon now looks like this :

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Double click on it to load it in BluesStacks and it will appear like so :

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Install WhatsApp & Configure

Click the WhatsApp icon and you can install the app :

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Next you need to enter your mobile phone number and you will be sent a text message with a code :

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WhatsApp Running on Windows

WhatsApp is now installed and running on your Windows PC, the app adds contacts from your stored phone numbers so you will need to add contacts manually – you can import from Twitter and Facebook also.

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Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, an online media company based in the UK. Kooc Media builds Online Communities, Web Applications, WordPress Plugins and has been publishing content online for many years.

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  1. I think you should note that there is a chance that you will not be able to use WhatsApp on your mobile phone anymore, because WhatsApp only allows you to use your phone number for one instance/installation of WhatsApp.
    And you have to be fine with the fact that your messages will be in two places.

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