How to install WhatsApp and bypass its phone number

According to WhatsApp, you can’t install and use its instant-messaging service on a Wi-Fi only tablet. Yes, you can. Here we show you how to use WhatsApp on an Android tablet with no 3G or 4G connectivity.

If you’re browsing Google Play on a Wi-Fi-only tablet WhatsApp won’t be presented in the search results because it’s not officially supported on your device. To get around this you simply need to download and install the WhatsApp APK file — just Google ‘WhatsApp APK’ and you’ll find loads of download sites.

Before your Android tablet will allow you to install the WhatsApp APK file you’ve just downloaded you’ll need to enter your tablet’s Settings menu, scroll down to and select Security, then enable Unknown sources under Device Administration.

You can go back and disable this option once you’ve installed WhatsApp. You should now be able to simply click on the WhatsApp APK file-download notification in your tablet’s notification bar, then click Install. Once the app is installed press Open.

The next challenge is to bypass WhatsApp’s phone verification system. Enter your usual phone number, then click OK. You will receive a text message on your phone, but it won’t be detected on your tablet.

After five minutes WhatsApp will report that SMS verification has failed and you should try voice verification. Tap Call me, then answer the call on your smartphone to get the verification code you need.

You can now enter this code on your tablet and get started using WhatsApp. Note that WhatsApp will ask whether you want to restore your message history from its backup, but this didn’t work for us — presumably because none of that data is stored on the tablet.

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