Installing WhatsApp on your PC using the BlueStacks emulator

Installing WhatsApp on your (Windows) PC

If you have a desktop PC or notebook running Microsoft Windows, then this is the page you are looking for!

Please note, this website is not in any way related to the official WhatsApp. The app is not intended to be installed on your PC, and this is not in any way endorsed or supported by WhatsApp. Please download WhatsApp for a supported platform if you wish to enjoy it as it is intended. This website is an unofficial, fan project! Thanks.

What will I need?

The program we are going to use doesn’t need extreme system requirements, but you WILL need the following things:

  • Your PC needs to run Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8
  • You need administrator rights
  • Your graphics card drivers need to be up-to-date (read more instructions here)

Special requirements for Windows XP:

  • You need the latest service pack (sp3) (read more instructions here)
  • You need Windows Installer 4.5 (read more instructions here)
  • You need .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 (read more instructions here)

How does it work?

We are going to make WhatsApp “think” it is being installed on an actual phone, while you are actually installing it on your PC. This is done with a so-called “emulator”.

In this case, we are going to use an Android emulator. Android is the phone operating system made by Google, on which about 70% of the phones and tablets in the world run.

Sounds complicated? It’s not at all!

Downloading an emulator

For this tutorial, we are going to use the BlueStacks emulator program. In my opinion it is one of the best emulators, but there are more options available. In case you can’t get BlueStacks working, you can look at other options such as Android SDK, YouWave for Android, Google Android Emulator etcetera.

You can download BlueStacks from the official BlueStacks website. It is completely legal, safe and free. Click the large Download App player button on the website to start the download, and save it to your computer.

Download button on the BlueStacks website

Click the download button on the BlueStacks website

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