Previously, I’ve written an old guide (See Whatsapp on Mac!) on how to run Whatsapp on a Mac.
Time has passed and a lot of things have changed since then. So here’s a brand new guide on how to run Whatsapp on Mac and PC (Windows)!
Please note that this set of instructions are accurate at this point in time (9 Feb 2013). I’m not sure what changes Whatsapp or Bluestacks will make in the future. (UPDATE 13 May 2014: The latest report I’ve got is that Whatsapp still works on Mac/PC. You may have problems getting your contacts set up though, but do it give a try. It might be an isolated problem. If you have problems with activation, you might want to be patient (and make sure you read the instructions below carefully). If you want something that’s less of a hassle, I do recommend Viber. It’s a service like Whatsapp, but it comes with an app for Mac/PC, and you don’t need an additional mobile phone number.)
Some important things to note before we begin: If you already have Whatsapp on your phone, THIS METHOD REQUIRES AN ADDITIONAL MOBILE NUMBER. You can only use one telephone number for each device running Whatsapp! If you register your mobile number on your computer, you will be logged out from WhatsApp on your smartphone.
You can try using a home residential number. But some time ago, WhatsApp started blocking residential numbers in several countries.
So… How do you run Whatsapp on Mac/PC? Here’s how!
Step 1: Open your browser and go to the Bluestacks website (http://www.bluestacks.com/) and download the latest version of Bluestacks.
Step 2: Install Bluestacks just as how you’d normally install applications on Mac or Windows.
Step 3: Open Bluestacks. You’ll see this:
Step 4: To install, Whatsapp, click on the magnifying glass button at the top right hand corner of your screen:
Step 5: Type “whatsapp”.
You’ll see WhatsApp Messenger listed in the search results.
Step 6: Click “Install.”
BlueStacks will now search all the AppStores for WhatsApp, and display a few options for you.
Step 7: Click on the WhatsApp icon listed under the 1Mobile AppStore. (You can also choose to install via the Google Play Store, but that will require you to sign in. To avoid confusion, I will not cover this here.)
WhatsApp will begin installing.
Once installed, you should see WhatsApp listed on the home screen:
Step 8: Click on WhatsApp to launch the application.
Step 9: Select your country and key in your mobile phone number. (Remember: If you are already using WhatsApp on your smartphone, you cannot use the same telephone number! You will need a second number!)
WhatsApp will attempt to send you a verification code via SMS.
Of course, this won’t work because you are using a computer. So, you’ll just have to wait.
Step 10: The SMS verification will fail. So, click on the “Call me” button to get the verification code through a phone call. The verification code will come from a USA number.
You might encounter this error:
If this happens, you’ll just have to wait about a minute or two until the “Call me” button is clickable again.
Step 11: After you’ve gotten the verification code by phone, key in the verification code:
Then, feel free to set your name and profile picture.
Step 12: Because you’ll be sending WhatsApp messages using a computer, you’d want to use your enter key to instantly send messages. It’ll be quite a huge annoyance if you have to move your mouse or finger (on the trackpad) each time you send a message. So, to enable this option, click on the “More Options” button at the bottom left hand corner of the screen (it’s the button with 4 horizontal lines – see picture below).
This will bring up an additional menu. Click on “Settings.”
Step 13: Next, click on “Chat settings.”
Step 14: Click on the checkbox next to the words “Enter is send.”
This will now enable you to send messages easily by pressing the enter button. You can click on the back arrow button to return to WhatsApp.
So far so good?
Importing Contacts from your Phone into Bluestacks
Now, the next question is: How do you import all your phone contacts into Bluestacks? For ease and simplicity, I’ll only show you how to import contacts from Google (if you use Google to store all your contacts). If your contacts are stored on iCloud, please google for instructions on how to transfer iCloud contacts to Google. It’s too lengthy to write it here.
Step 15: Click on the Bluestacks Settings button at the bottom right hand corner of the screen:
Step 16: Click on “Manage Contacts”
Step 17: Click on the More Options button (the circle with the 4 horizontal lines at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen).
You’ll see a menu appear at the bottom. Click on “Accounts.”
Step 18: Click “Add Account.”
Step 19: Click on “Corporate.” This will enable you to set up an Exchange server account. If you have contacts stored on other Exchange servers (other than Google), you can adapt accordingly.
Step 20: Enter your Google/Gmail address and password.
Step 21: You’ll then be asked to fill in other information to connect to the Exchange server. Fill in the following information:
Domain\Username – If you are using Google, leave the domain blank. Therefore you should type something like: \your_username (The slash is necessary). If you are using some other Exchange server, you’ll have to fill in as: your_domain\your_username
Password – Already filled in in the previous screen. Nothing to worry about.
Server – Type: m.google.com
Tick the two options (“Use secure connection” and “Accept all SSL certificates”)
Step 22: Set the following settings:
Inbox checking frequency – Never (You’re already checking your e-mail from your desktop, you don’t need to check it in Bluestacks)
Amount to synchronise – Just leave it alone, you don’t have to modify it.
Only select “Sync contacts from this account.”
Step 23: Give your account a name. I called it “Google”.
Step 24: You’re done!
Now, all you have to do is to wait a few minutes for all your contacts to transfer over.
When you go back to WhatsApp, you’ll see all your contacts!
You’re done! Happy WhatsApp-ing!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I just verified WhatsApp on my computer but now, I have to re-verify my number on my smartphone. Why is that so?
A: You cannot use the same telephone number for WhatsApp on both your computer and your smartphone. You MUST get a second telephone number.
Q: How do I transfer photos/videos/music/files into Bluestacks so that I can Whatsapp them to my friends?
A: I can’t think of a simpler method. I suggest installing Dropbox (or Google Drive) in Bluestacks, and then using Dropbox to transfer the files into Bluestacks. Similarly, you can transfer files from Bluestacks into Dropbox so that you can easily access your file attachments.
Q: My contacts are stored in iCloud. How do I import them?
A: Here’s a quick answer:
(1) Go to www.icloud.com and log in with your Apple iTunes password.
(2) Click on the “Contacts” icon.
(3) Press Ctrl+A (PC) or Cmd+A (Mac)
(4) Click the Settings button (the icon at the bottom left-hand corner with the picture of a gear). A menu will appear. Click “Export vCard” and download the .vcf file.
(5) Go to www.google.com/contacts/ and log into your Gmail account.
(6) Click on “Import Contacts” (found at the left side of the screen), and select to import the .vcf file that you just downloaded.
And you’re done! All your contacts have been transferred from iCloud to Google.
I strongly recommend that you google for detailed instructions. One thing to note, if you continue to use iCloud, your contacts will not be updated with Google contacts. You might want to search the Internet for instructions on how to migrate from iCloud to Google.
Q: I don’t want to use Google. Is there any other way?
A: Well, I guess there is, but you’ll have to find out yourself. I’m afraid I’m not able to help you with this as I have not explored other alternatives. Happy searching!