In this tutorial you will learn how to install and use WhatsApp on Android tablet, so that you can enjoy this wildly popular messaging service on the larger screen of your tablet.
We are showing you two methods of installing WhatsApp on an Android tablet that we tried successfully. You can take a look at both methods and choose the one that suits you the best.
The first method uses WhatsApp Web application while the second method directly installs WhatsApp on to your tablet via the third party application route.
WhatsApp on Android Tablet Using WhatsApp Web
WhatsApp Web version was released by WhatsApp to enable the messaging system on Windows PC and MAC. Here in this method we are installing WhatsApp Web on an Android tablet.
WhatsApp Web application is basically designed to create a mirror image of WhatsApp as it appears on your phone to your PC (in this case your tablet). Hence, in this method you will need a phone with WhatsApp installed on it.
1. Install Chrome or Firefox browser
WhatsApp web does not work on Internet Explorer, for this reason make sure that your tablet either has Chrome or Firefox browser installed on it.
2. Download WhatsApp on your phone
As mentioned above, you need a phone with WhatsApp installed on it. If you haven’t downloaded WhatsApp on your phone yet then do so before you proceed with the next steps.
Also, make sure that you have the latest version of WhatsApp on your phone.
3. Back to Your Tablet
Now open Chrome browser on your tablet and type https://web.whatsapp.com/ in the address bar.
4. Switch to Desktop Version
Once you hit enter you will be taken to the mobile version of the WhatsApp website. This is because you are trying to reach the site from a tablet. You need to switch to the desktop version in order to access WhatsApp Web which is designed for PC’s.
Click on the 3 dot symbol located at the top right hand corner of your Chrome browser (see picture above), in order to launch a slide down menu.
Click on ‘Request Desktop site’ from the slide down menu – You will be taken to the Desktop version of the site.
4. QR Code on your Tablet Screen
Once you reach the Desktop version of WhatsApp, you will see a QR code (see picture below) on the screen of your tablet and you will be prompted to scan the code using your phone.
5. Scan the QR Code
Coming back to your phone, launch WhatsApp and point your phone to the QR code on the tablet. Simply follow the instructions to complete the scanning of the QR code by your phone.
6. Done! – Try Sending a Text Message
Once you have scanned the QR code, you are ready to use the WhatsApp messaging system on your tablet. Test this by sending a text message to you contacts from your tablet.
Now, take a look at the second method to get WhatsApp messaging system going on your tablet. This method directly installs WhatsApp on your tablet and does not require a phone.
WhatsApp on Android Tablet Using Third Party Route
The steps in this method require you to install a third party application to your tablet. In case you are wondering, the third party in this case is WhatsApp itself.
Technically, WhatsApp is considered as a third party application since you are installing it directly from WhatsApp website and not from Google Play Store.
1. Visit www.whatsapp.com/download
Open Chrome browser on your tablet and visit www.whatsapp.com/download.
2. Request Desktop Site
Since you are trying to reach WhatsApp using a tablet, you will be directed to WhatsApp mobile site. Click on the 3 dot Chrome icon (located on the top right hand corner), to open a drop down menu.
From the menu click on ‘Request Desktop Site’ – You will now be redirected to the desktop version of the site.
3. Download whatsapp.apk File to Your Tablet
On the desktop version of the site you will see options for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and other phones.
Click on Android phone option to be directed to the WhatsApp messenger download link > Next click on download.
You might see a warning “This type of file may harm your computer, do you want to keep whatsapp.apk anyway”
Click on ‘OK’ to download the whatsapp.apk file to your tablet.
4. Install WhatsApp on Tablet
Next, open downloads app on your tablet and locate whatsapp.apk and click on it to start the process of installing WhatsApp messaging system on your tablet by completing steps 4.1 to 4.4 below.
4.1. Change Settings
Once you click on the whatsapp.apk download, you will be presented with another warning asking you to change your settings. Click on Settings from the pop up window. (See image below)
4.2. Allow Unknown Sources
Once the settings tab open up, locate Device Administration and under this locate Unknown sources. Allow Unknown sources simply by tapping on it. You will once again be presented with a warning > Click OK to allow third party apps.
Note: Installing third party application on your tablet may make it vulnerable to attacks.
4.3. Exit Settings
Now exit settings by clicking on the back button on your tablet and you should find yourself back in the download center.
4.4. Click on whatsapp.apk Again
Now click on whatsapp.apk again and this time you will be prompted to click on Next to complete the installation.
5. Setup WhatsApp
Now open WhatsApp and complete the setup. For this process you will need to provide WhatsApp with a phone number so that WhatsApp can send you a confirmation SMS.
As you can see above, you may see a message – “SMS verification failed Please try Voice Verification” – Click on CALL ME to receive an automated phone call from WhatsApp.
6. Ready to Roll!
Once you have successfully verified WhatsApp, send a message to your contact using WhatsApp in order to check if the app is working.