When WhatsApp first came to life close to ten years ago, it was only supported on mobile phones, but today, you can use the app on quite a number of devices, including Android tablets.
However, there’s a catch.
The main reason WhatsApp free download was – and still is – strictly limited to use on mobile phones is because the app needs your phone number in order to set up. Without a phone number, you won’t be able to set up the app on your device and as you know already, not so many tablets out there have a SIM card slot.
Even with a tablet that has a SIM card slot, you won’t find WhatsApp for Android tablets in the Google Play Store like you’d do with other apps. The good side of the story is that this won’t deny you the chance to install and use the app on your beloved Android tablet. It’s quite easy to set it up on your slate, just keep on reading.
As noted, you need an active phone number in order to install and set up WhatsApp. If your tablet has a SIM card slot, even better, but if it doesn’t, there’s still nothing to worry about. First, you’ll need to download and install the latest WhatsApp APK for Android on your tablet. To do this, visit the APK Mirror and get the latest version on your device.
Once it’s there, tap on it to install, just like you’d do with any other application. You’ll be greeted with a very familiar window asking you to accept the terms. Tap “Agree and continue” and in case another window pops up telling you that WhatsApp for Android tablets is not supported, don’t mind it, instead, hit OK.
Go ahead and select your country of residence and key in your phone number. Make sure this phone number is active, even if it means having the SIM card inserted in another phone, which can even be any of those feature phones as long as it can receive an SMS. Also, ensure that this phone number is currently not registered on the app. A message will be sent to this phone number carrying a verification code. Use this code to complete the setup and you are good to go.
Now, you’ve successfully installed WhatsApp APK for Android tablet and is ready for use, but you still need contacts on the app in order to communicate with them. The app usually looks for Contacts or People app, any of which should be available on your tablet even if it doesn’t have a SIM card slot. Use this app to save contacts that you’ll be using to chat on WhatsApp.
Since this WhatsApp APK for Android tablets doesn’t have anything to do with the Google Play Store, you won’t be receiving direct updates when the developers roll out new features. Still, this doesn’t mean that you can get these features on your slate.
However, you will have to keep doing things manually in order to keep your installed WhatsApp in the best shape. To do this, you’ll have to keep visiting the APK Mirror to check for new versions of the app on a regular basis, download the latest WhatsApp APK for Android tablets and install it manually. Since the app is already set up, it will automatically install the updates while keeping the rest of the details intact, including the phone number, messages and contacts.
Note that WhatsApp APK for Android usually gets quite a number of updates on a weekly basis. Rather than download and install each version, you can choose only to update the app whenever the Play Store version is also updated to a newer version.