Installing WhatsApp Messenger on your phone can offer a good set of advantages. It is one of the options for replacing SMS and a good one at that.
While it might be inferior in terms of features, the app is the least buggy among the instant messenger apps. It also offers cross-platform compatibility (has versions for Android, Nokia, Windows, Blackberry, and Apple smartphones) unlike its OS-exclusive counterparts – meaning there is more flexibility on who you can contact. Furthermore, the app is completely ad-free. But, unfortunately, it has a $1.99 download fee for Apple. It is free to download and install for Android but there is a $0.99 subscription fee after the one-year free trial. But the fees will be significantly less compared to having a text plan especially if you text people internationally.
However, there is one aspect it lacks compared to some other messaging apps. Unlike Skype and Viber, it doesn’t have a desktop platform. Some people like to have a text messenger for their phone when they are outside the house. But upon coming home, they turn to their laptops since it is easier to type using its keyboard compared to the small onscreen buttons on a smartphone. WhatsApp doesn’t have that capability. However, there are options for you if you want to use the app on your laptop. Here are two methods in installing this App for your laptop:
Method 1: BlueStack Android Emulator
The first method involves BlueStack. BlueStack is an Android emulator meaning it allows you to run the Android OS in a different system, in this case your laptop. It is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8. There is also a version for Mac so you can use it if you have a Macbook. Now, let’s proceed with the steps.
Download the installer for BlueStack and install it.
Once installation is done, open BlueStack. The program starts at the Top Apps screen.
Go to the My Apps section. Click the icon at the header labeled “My Apps”. You will be brought to the screen. Locate the App Search function and click it.
The search will display results from three places: Google Play, Amazon App Store, and One Mobile. Click WhatsApp Messenger from One Mobile. A prompt will appear so click Install. The app will be downloaded and installed. Once done, it will be in the My Apps section. To use the app, you have to configure it first. Start by launching the app.
On the first screen, click “Agree and Continue”. On the next, choose your country and enter your number. The app will send a verification code to the number you entered.
Enter the verification code. On the next screen, enter your name. Add your contacts and you can start sending messages.
Method 2: Wassapp Client
The other method involves Wassapp. This program is from Low Level Studio and is also an emulator but only runs WhatsApp. Thus, it is lighter for the system compared to BlueStack. Download Wassapp and install it.
When you start the program, you will be presented with two options: login from an existing account or register. If you already have an account, just login. Otherwise, choose register.
Enter your phone number and password. Password would be the IMEI number for Android or WiFi Address for Mac. Choose your preferred mode of verification – SMS or voice. Click the Request Code button. Enter the code you receive. You will be given an auto-generated password which you’ll use to log into WhatsApp.