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There are over a billion people using WhatsApp and counting. This only shows that the app has sustained its popularity, and is likely to continue to rack up staggering usage statistics. For Samsung users, however, WhatsApp is not always accessible.

The messaging service is only compatible with Android mobile phones or those with Android support. Because some Samsung devices run on Java, Symbian and Bada, installation is not as straightforward. It’s not exactly complicated either, just that more steps are involved.

How to download and install WhatsApp on Samsung phones

  1. Enable download from unknown sources. Go to Settings > General > Security > and then check or toggle the switch next to Unknown Sources. This will allow you to download apps outside of the default app store.
  2. Open a browser, and then search and download the APK version compatible with your particular Samsung unit.
  3. After download, search for the file and then tap on it to initiate the installation process.
  4. If the installation process doesn’t start, use the file manager to move the file to the Downloads folder. From the Downloads folder, tap on the file to retry.

You’ll know if the installation is successful when the WhatsApp icon appears on your phone menu.

Another alternative would be to download the APK file on your computer, and then transfer it to your phone using a USB cable, Bluetooth or through email. You can then follow step 4 above.

Note that WhatsApp will work on a range of Android versions, but it will soon pull the plug on Android 2.2 Froyo and below. That is, it will no longer support smartphones running on these operating systems.

Do you want to know how to install WhatsApp on older Samsung phones and tablets? The process is basically the same with a few minor differences. Here’s how to do it.