Earlier this year, WhatsApp users got a new platform on which to send and receive messages – WhatsApp Web.
However, this platform can only be used by those on PCs. So, what about those who own tablets and would also love to use WhatsApp on these devices?
One surprising thing about WhatsApp is that it’s close to a billion user base is only based on mobile phones. There is no standalone app that can be used on other devices as with the case of Skype. Nonetheless, the world is full technology and geeks who made it a no-brainer when it comes to using the app on rooted tablets. But honestly, the process requires some level of technical know-how.
No more using of WhatsApp on rooted tablets
If you have been using WhatsApp on a rooted tablet, there is finally a way out for you thanks to Android Authority.
There is now a newly discovered method of using WhatsApp on a tablet without the need of rooting it. The good thing is that the entire process is very simple and easy, regardless of whether you are a newbie or not. However, there is a trade-off.
Unlike WhatsApp Web, which allows you to sync between your phone and PC, the new method of setting up WhatsApp on an Android tablet will mean that you give up the phone account. In short, you will no longer receive WhatsApp messages through your smartphone; instead, they will come through your tablet.
Steps for installing WhatsApp on an Android tablet
As mentioned earlier, it is very easy to download and install WhatsApp on a tablet as a standalone app. Here are the steps:
First download the latest version of WhatsApp APK from the official website of the app. However, it won’t be possible for you to install the downloaded APK file unless you perform the next step.
Android devices have been designed in a way that only apps from the Google Play Store are allowed to install on them. However, it does not mean apps coming from outside the store will not work on the device; rather, updating them once installed won’t be automatic as those installed directly from the Play Store. Furthermore, you will be notified if there are any updates available for these apps.
So, to enable installation of this APK file that was downloaded from the official WhatsApp website, you will have to tweak the security settings of your Android tablet. Check the “Unknown sources” option so as to allow installation of apps from unknown sources (sources from outside the Play Store).
The next step is to download and install a third party text messaging app such as TextPlus, which will allow you to send and receive messages on your tablet. Launch the app and enter your details as prompted.
Go back to the folder with the WhatsApp APK and then tap on it to start the installation process. Launch the app when the process is done and provide your details as asked. Make sure the number you provide is similar to what you provided during TextPlus setup.
Once this is done, you can now start using WhatsApp on your tablet for messaging purposes.