How to install Whatsapp on your Wifi only Android Tablet

by Remy Pereira on 22nd January 2015

Whatsapp uses internet for messaging, but it requires a phone number to register it. Once you register it, all you need is internet connectivity. Tablet users with only wifi can still register and activate whatsapp on their device in few simple steps, as long as they have a phone and a number and this phone doesn't even need to be a smart phone.

Method A) Register new account using an available phone number

Step 1) Temporarily change the security setting to allow the Android to install apps from unknown sources.

Go to Settings → Security → Unknown sources and check the box for "Allow installation of applications from both trusted and unknown sources". This will let you install an app outside playstore.

Step 2) Download Whatsapp.apk from this link here

Step 3) Install Whatsapp apk file.

Step 4) Whatsapp will ask your phone number for verification. Enter your number complete with country code.

Step 5)You will shortly receive the verification SMS with the activation code. The message goes like this:

Whatsapp code ***-***.

You can also tap on this link to verify your phone:****** 

Since you can't do SMS verification on your Wifi only tablet, open the browser on the tablet and type the link from the SMS******
(****** denotes the 6 digit activation code)

Step 6)Whatsapp is now registered on your tablet with the phone number you provided.
The only problem with this is, if the phone number is already registered for whatsapp from some other smartphone, it will stop working on that phone when you register it using the tablet.

Method B) Get a mirror of existing account using the new Whatsapp Web

If all you need is access to the same whatsapp account from both your smartphone and your wifi tablet or any other device, you can make use of the newly launched official Whatsapp Web client. This one is simply an extension to your phone and lets you open a mirror of your whatsapp conversations on a chrome browser on another supported device. This currently works on Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry but not on iphones due to iOS limitations.

Step 1) Open the following link in chrome:
(If you dont have chrome on your tablet, get it from play store)

Step 2) Scan the QR code using your smartphone which already has whatsapp on it. If you have latest version of whatsapp the web version option is built-in and so is the scanner.

Your phone is now paired to the Whatsapp web client and you can see a mirror of all your chats and conversations.
This works as long as your phone is connected to the internet.

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Eve | October 30, 2019 4:49 AM |

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AZIZ M YUSOF | April 25, 2018 5:58 AM |

cant open web whatsapp it goesback to install whatsapp. no qr code

mavis makwasha | December 1, 2017 10:51 AM |

Want to install new whatsapp

capt akhilesh prasad | October 2, 2017 3:30 PM |

thanks for the valuable info.

Robert Crooks | June 22, 2017 9:30 PM |

This procedure assumes that you have a smart phone. I have a wifi Android tablet but no smartphone-- so no sms. Is it still possible to get whatsapp? Several friends overseas are bugging me to get it.

RonBea | May 6, 2017 11:45 AM |

Whatsapp on Wifi tablet

Ingrid | January 23, 2017 9:49 PM |

Please assist me to install what's up on my Android Ipad.

Khadija | December 17, 2016 8:30 PM |

I want to instal on my desktop

liverpool | December 9, 2016 4:20 PM |

Thanks for wasting my time. You should have stated that there's no way to use the WA .apk on 2 android devices at the beginning of the article. Tl:dr for the whole article 'use the web app'.

Khalid | October 25, 2016 3:16 PM |


maz pro | August 30, 2016 9:40 AM |

I like this app a lot

Nikko | May 18, 2016 10:15 PM |


Jerome | April 1, 2016 8:13 AM |

help please

salma | February 27, 2016 12:13 PM |

Je trouve pas le code QR que je dois scanner je ne trouve que des Faq a la place

vangeli | November 13, 2015 9:40 AM |

I want to install new whatsapp

Mahantesh | October 15, 2015 10:14 AM |

Whatsapp Photo Image

Muhammad Giwa Muhammad | June 25, 2015 6:08 PM |