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Install WhatsApp on your PC or Mac

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WhatsApp is a cross platform instant messaging App which now supports all major mobile OS like Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Symbian. It is estimated that one million users register on WhatsApp every day.

WhatsApp is designed for installing on mobile OS, not for Windows or iOS. You can install it on a PC or Mac under these conditions.

  • Install BlueStacks App Player for your PC or Mac. Check this link for more details on installing Android on PC or Mac.
  • You can only use your WhatsApp account in either your mobile device or PC. If WhatsApp is installed on PC using your existing account, the one on the mobile device will be de-activated. So do it only if it is okay or get a new mobile number to register for PC or Mac.

Step by step procedure to install WhatsApp on PC or Mac

  1. Install BlueStacks App PlayerBlueStacks App Player
  2. Go to Google Play and install WhatsApp. If it ask for permission, just click Accept.google play whatsapp on BlueStacks App Player
    whatsapp on BlueStacks App Player
  3. Enter your mobile number for WhatsApp to send SMS with verification code. Enter the verification number on your mobile to register your device for using WhatsApp. (In my computer, SMS method didn’t work after repeated methods. You can use call me method, where WhatsApp will give you a call where the 6 digit number will repeated for 30 sec.)whatsapp on BlueStacks App Player
    whatsapp on BlueStacks App Player

 

Find the files sent using WhatsApp in BlueStacks App Player

The pictures or videos sent using WhatsApp cannot be directly retrieved on a PC as the windows or iOS operating system cannot directly communicate with Android OS inside BlueStacks App Player. You need to install ES File Explorer to see the files from Windows.

  1. Install ES File ExplorerES File explorer on BlueStacks App Player
  2. Open ES File Explorer.ES File Explorer browser
  3. Open WhatsApp folder inside the browser window. You can see the pics or videos sent to your WhatsApp inside the folder. Select the file which you want to retrieve on your PC, then click Copy option at the bottom. Then click on the back button to open previous window.ES File Explorer whatsapp
  4. Open Windows folder, then click on BstSharedFolder. Then click on Paste option at the bottom to copy the file to current location.
    ES File Explorer browser
  5. To see the file from a PC, go to folder ProgramData -> BlueStacks -> UserData -> SharedFolder. You can now see the file for retrieval in that location.ES File Explorer browser

Hope you find this information useful. Use the comment section for any queries.

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About the author: Anup Raman A Tech Enthusiast|Blogger|Tech Trainer with 10+ yrs experience in the field of IT. My expertise are in Operating Systems, mainly Windows and Computer security which comes from my experience, working as Tech Support and Trainer for Microsoft, Symantec and McAfee. Loves blogging about Technical Troubleshooting, discussing latest Gadgets, Games and doing Reviews.

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