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One of the increasingly popular mobile app today is WhatsApp Messenger. This cross-media platform is compatible with Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, Symbian, Nokia and Blackberry. In Android, there is what is known as an APK file or the Android Application Package. This file format is just like the .exe file in PCs that is important for installing software.

While WhatsApp Messenger can be downloaded via Google Play, there are instances when downloading directly from Google Play or the Play Store cannot be done. When this happens, here is where the APK file comes to play.

Do you want to know the steps in downloading WhatsApp APK on your Samsung device?

Here are the steps:



  1. Before installation, ensure that third party apps are allowed on your device.
  2. Go to Menu, Settings, General, Security and check “Unknown Sources”. This means that your device will be able to download apps from other sources other than Google Play Store.
  3. From the Samsung tab, go to your preferred browser and download the Apk version you want.
  4. After the download, click on the link and wait as the installation process continues.
  5. If installation does not take place or it is taking a while and nothing still happens, go to the file manager.
  6. Transfer the APK file to the “Downloads” folder and restart the installation process.

You can also download the WhatsApp APK version on your desktop and then copy the file to your Samsung phone or tablet at a later time, with the use of a USB data cable. After you have connected the data cable, you might be asked if you want to connect your phone or tablet as a Media device or if you want to charge your device. Go for the first option. Next, search for the APK file in your computer and copy the file onto your preferred folder on your Samsung device. Once this is done, search for the file in your “My Files” folder. Go to the APK file, tap it and you will be led to the installation page. Click install. Once this is done, you can now open the WhatsApp application.

The latest WhatsApp APK version is the 2.16.255 for Android so you might want to get this version but you might also want to check out what the WhatsApp APK 2.1.179 version has to offer.

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