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21 March 2012

Installing WhatsApp, Android & Android Apps on PC



There is only one option to install WhatsApp through a PC at the moment and that is through an Android Emulator in a PC environment. Not only can you install WhatsApp, you can install any Android app through the online app stores within the emulator itself. You don't even need an Android Phone! YouWave is one of the best emulators there is, so I will be using that for the tutorial below. 


I also made a YouTube video (step numbers are different to that of the written tutorial) at the end of this article that shows you how to install it for those who are more visually inclined. I think it is a great idea to have this installed as a backup. If you were phoneness or without a phone without WhatsApp on for a period of time you still will be able to connect with your WhatsApp friends / family through YouWave.

Note: I am using Windows 7 (64 Bit) on a separate NTFS partition in Bootcamp on my Mac. I also have the same Windows 7 (64 Bit) in an Parallels Desktop virtual machine environment. You could try to run this in VMware, I doubt it will work but no harm in trying!


Also, you cannot have two devices registered with the same phone number. The latest one you authenticate with will deregister it with your first device.

Also check out my Installing WhatsApp on Mac or PC Doable? article if you are keen to make an Adium plugin or develop a native app.


How to Install Android, Android Apps with WhatsApp as an Example


Step 1: Check to see you have the minimum system requirements:

• Intel Pentium 1.6GHz CPU 
• 1GB DRAM 
• 500MB disk space 
• Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit) 
• Internet connection 
• Cellular coverage with a phone that can receive SMS (for WhatsApp) / X or
• A Phone and a phone number you can call if SMS verification failed / X

Note: I do believe that it is technically possible to register WhatsApp with a landline home phone through phone verification.

Step 2: Be aware of the product limitations:

X Some Android Apps have ARM native code which require phone hardware and Flash for them to run. They will not work in an emulation environment 

X YouWave cannot be installed inside host machines, only on guest machines. It is not recommended that you install YouWave on a host machine unless you have VirtualBox uninstalled 

 If you are upgrading your version of YouWave, you should save your Android device ID. How to do this see here.

Note: Because WhatsApp uses your phone number as part of your Jabber ID that enables you to verify your device, you could essentially hijack peoples conversations without them knowing. This is by using the same phone number that was registered in the first instance. 

Step 3: Download one of these:


I recommend that you install the trial version and if it suits you pay for the full version, unless you can't afford it.


Step 4: Install it in Windows


Step 5: If you installed the trial or the full paid version go to Step 10


Step 6: Logout of Windows


Step 7: Move the patch file to C:\Program Files (x86)\YouWave_Android


Step 8: Right click and run as administrator


Step 9: Run the patch and click apply


Step 10: Run the YouWave Program


Step 11: Click View > Online Content (See Below)


Step 11: Online Content Button
Step 12: Double click an Online App (WhatsApp in this case) to install or double click to browse the stores (See image below)


Step 12: WhatsApp Install Button


Step 13: After installing (if you installed an app) go to View > Apps


Step 14: Double click to launch the desired app (if not WhatsApp)


Step 15: If you installed something other than WhatsApp you are finished at this step



Step 16: Double Click WhatsApp (See Below)


Step 16: Click WhatsApp twice



Step 17: Click Agree & Continue (Watch Video Below @1:31 to see detailed instructions)


Tip: Using keyboard arrows and clicking enter is easier than clicking with mouse


Step 18: Enter your country code (see here if you do not know, Australia is 61)


Step 19: Enter your phone number as an example: +61 452 432 422 enter this 452432422


Step 20: Check your number to see if it looks right, then proceed. WhatsApp will send you an SMS from +44 7624 803 777


Step 21: If WhatsApp does not send you an SMS within 5 mins, click the call me button


Step 22: Enter the 3 digit number you hear or type the 3 digit number you got sent via SMS, then a name you want everyone to see you as and.....


Results
You are done :) Now you can type messages and receive them on your PC. However, as I said before it is not the most ideal option as you can't have your computer on you all the time like a phone and using WhatsApp in YouWave will deauthenticate WhatsApp on your phone, reducing functionality. 


Video Tutorial


Notes
• You will have to add existing contacts manually through YouWave Android


• Group Chats show if you have used WhatsApp before


• You're conversations will not be transferred over to your android emulator 


• A native app would be best, however this is the best option (at the moment to get WhatsApp on your PC)


• Remember, you can install other apps, games and utilities through this method


• Would be a good way to emulate the Android experience for someone who is thinking of making the switch from iPhone / Nokia / Blackberry for example to Android OS


• You could download Android Developer SDK and use that as an emulator as an alternative. But it does not work out of the box. Additional downloads are needed and the files are quite large as well. But it would probably be more responsive than YouWave but can't say for certain as I have not tried or researched into it.


• Another option is that you could use BlueStacks which is another Android OS emulator.

8 comments:

  1. how do you send a photo, where do you put them so can be found

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  2. Really not sure, I do not think it is possible, trying to access and upload picture files to the virtual hard drive would be a good place to start.

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  3. my pc becomes slow anytime i install youwave on my pc. what can i do 

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  4. perform maintenance on your PC, Install latest version of Youwave, buy more RAM or computer.

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  5. Seriously need a crack for it...or can you give an activation key?

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  6. WHAT TOD DO..CANT DOWNLOAD THE WHATSAPP FROM THE UWAVE

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  7. my PC crashed as soon as i used bluestacks application for running andriod apps especially whatsapp and now whenever i install it and try opening whatsapp, it crashes

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