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How To Run WhatsApp & Other Mobile Messaging Apps On Your PC

Chris Hoffman 12-11-2013

Mobile messaging apps like WhatsApp, Viber, Kik Messenger, Kakao Talk, Line, and BlackBerry Messenger, which recently launched on Android & iOS, BBM Finally Launches On Android & iOS; But There’s a Waiting Line The last time BlackBerry said that BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) was releasing on Android and iOS, it turned out to be a dud. Well, the wait's finally over. Read More  are all the rage these days. Which one is popular depends on which country you live in, but most of them have one thing in common: They don’t run on Windows. No web interface, no Windows desktop app, not even a Windows 8 app What Are The Best Apps To Get Started With Windows 8? Read More . But you can use them on your computer anyway.


If you’re lucky, your service of choice will offer a Windows solution — like Viber’s desktop app — but most don’t. To get around this, we’ll be using a trick that allows us to run the Android versions of these apps on Windows. As a bonus, running the Android versions gets us a touch-optimized interface, so these apps will be more at home on touch-enabled Windows 8 devices.

Install BlueStacks

BlueStacks is an Android emulator. In a nutshell, it’s the best way to run Android apps on Windows BlueStacks Lets You Experience Android From The Computer Back in January, BlueStacks was introduced to MUO readers in an article that provides similar alternatives to the emulation software. Since then, the development of BlueStacks has progressed in a way that, in my opinion,... Read More ; other solutions for running Android apps on Windows 3 Ways to Run Android Apps on Windows Wondering how to run Android apps on a Windows PC? Here are the best methods for getting Android apps on your computer. Read More are nowhere near as good.

You’ll note that we’re using the Android apps here, not the iPhone apps. That’s because Android’s openness makes it possible to emulate Android apps on Windows, whereas there’s no competing solution that would allow you to run iPhone or iPad apps on Windows.

First, download BlueStacks and install it on your Windows PC. BlueStacks is available for Mac, but we didn’t test it there.

1 bluestacks app player


Click (or tap, if your Windows PC has a touch screen) the Search icon at the top-left corner of the BlueStacks app player screen. Search for the mobile messaging app you want to use.

2 search for whatsapp

Tap the app’s icon and BlueStacks will prompt you to set up a Google account before you can start installing apps. You’ll have to sign in with an existing Google account or create a new one, so BlueStacks can access Google Play and get apps from there. You’ll then have to link BlueStacks with your Google account so it can download apps to your device. If you’d rather not use your main Google account, you can create a new one from within BlueStacks.

3 bluestacks one time setup


Install Your Mobile Messaging App

Once you’ve set up your account, you can install apps from Google Play within BlueStacks. This works just like it does on Android phones and tablets. Click the Install button and BlueStacks will download it to your computer.

4 install whatsapp on windows

When your app of choice is finished installing, click the house-shaped Home button at the bottom of the BlueStacks app player window. You’ll find your newly installed app at the top of the window — if you don’t see it, click the All Apps button at the right side of the window.

5 launch whatsapp


Set Up Your Mobile Messaging App

You’ll now have to go through the normal set up process to set up your mobile messaging app. We’ll be using WhatsApp as an example, but the process should be similar with other apps.

First, enter your phone number into the WhatsApp application and continue. If you don’t have a cell phone number, you could even enter a landline phone number here.

WhatsApp thinks it’s running on your cell phone, so it will wait five minutes for the SMS message to arrive. You can’t skip this part; you’ll just have to wait five minutes.

6 verify whatsapp on windows 2


After five minutes, WhatsApp will offer to call the number you entered and give you a verification code. Tell WhatsApp to call you, answer the phone, and enter the code WhatsApp tells you. This allows WhatsApp to confirm you actually control the phone number.

7 whatsapp call phone verification

Once you’re done, you’ll be able to use WhatsApp normally from your Windows PC or Mac. Note that WhatsApp was never designed to run on a PC, so you may encounter issues if you run WhatsApp on two different devices at the same time. If you’re just running WhatsApp on your PC, you should be fine. WhatsApp becomes just another program you can run on your Windows or Mac desktop, although it will stay confined to your BlueStacks app player window.

8 whatsapp on windows

Installing More Mobile Apps

You can install as many mobile messaging apps as you like, if you need to use more than one. They’ll all run in within the BlueStacks app player window.

BlueStacks will allow you to run other Android apps on Windows, so you could use it to run touch-enabled Android apps that aren’t available for Windows 8 tablets or play Android games on your PC.

Thanks to the MakeUseOf Answers community for inspiring this article! If you try this, leave a comment and let us know how well it works with other mobile messaging apps. We’ve only tested this process with WhatsApp.

Image Credit: Foxtongue on Flickr

Related topics: Emulation, Instant Messaging, WhatsApp, Windows 8.

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  1. Oladapo
    August 6, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Good one and Good Job!. am impressed with this development especially for those of us that are using blackerry and cant use whatsaapp app on our phones again,i believe this is an alternative for the time been to get android phone. i will love to know if my system is 32bit and i want to download PES or real football will it work perfectly?

  2. Parul
    July 18, 2017 at 1:25 am

    How to remove If someone mischievously synced my account in their pc

  3. Parul
    July 18, 2017 at 1:24 am

    How to remove account if someone mischievously synced my account on their pc

  4. tongonya
    January 15, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    great tutorial much appreciated Thanks huh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Jaychelle
    November 22, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Mine isn't working for android messeging

  6. kamran
    April 21, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    my bluestack is not woring in whatsapp call when i make call it come to menu what can ido for calling from bluestack

  7. Anant Aggarwal
    May 8, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    You can run an actual Android mobile on a PC to be able to run WhatsApp and other mobile messaging apps. Here is the setup.

    Use the following link to configure and run Android device on your PC:

  8. nakara
    April 3, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    But what about mobile? If I write smth on mobile what's up will this shown in pc???

  9. jbceg
    March 8, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    There is a great alternative - just use Skype

    • nakara
      April 3, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      But what about mobile? If I write anti on mobile what's up will this shown in pc???

  10. ....
    February 22, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    i cant see the aps !!

  11. Antonio Pinto
    February 22, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    It works well , however , as soon as you open it on your Android mobile this is when it messes up
    It asks you to verify you account again .When you do it then kicks you out of whatsapp PC and now is asking for me to verify my number again , telling me now I've to wait 48 hours. .Ok if you're not using it on mobile as well as pc but absolutely useless if you want it on both ..Don't bother if you have it on your mobile

  12. Gwyn Norris
    February 20, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    What is WhatApps? Can WhatApps just appear on your c/p without your knowledge? Recently found email stating there were several missed calls to cell phone and the date and time were provided,. Spouse states doesn't even know what WhatApps is, though it's his email and the missed calls to his number .

  13. OLIVER
    February 10, 2014 at 9:58 pm


    February 7, 2014 at 1:37 am


  15. renish
    February 5, 2014 at 6:50 am

    It's not working

  16. rake wak
    February 1, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Hey Chris , Installed blue stacks successfully !!!!! But, How to add NEW contact numbers of friends on blue stacks app player ??? Waiting for a reply, Thank you !!!

  17. Rashid Pathiyil
    January 23, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Blue Stacks installation failed.

    Error 25000. BlueStacks currently doesn't recognize your graphics card.
    It is possible your Graphics Drivers may needs to updated. Please update them and try installing again.

    I expecting your help.

    • sandhya
      January 28, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      hey me too..If u have solved then please help me too

  18. Sajid
    January 22, 2014 at 8:04 am

    don't try it folks it's just a waste of time, there's no 'whatsapp', in this blueshit

  19. Akash Nagraj
    January 20, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I have installed it on PC but I can't upload my profile photo to it so please help me the gallery is completely empty.So how can I upload the Profile photo

  20. Deepak Kumar
    December 31, 2013 at 5:14 am

    after i put my mobile no. in the given box and click "ok" , it says "unable to connect, please try again later" what should i do????

  21. dhrupad rajoria
    December 17, 2013 at 10:12 am

    how to use wats app

  22. sadamranjha
    December 15, 2013 at 4:03 am

    i dont know how to make this work

  23. neeraj
    December 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    installed bluestacks but it did nothing except searching channels .don't know how to make this work. !

    • nelly KL
      December 16, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      Assure you that you have a good internet connexion, and try to install "Bluestack Offline installed on your computer".
      If it doesn't work, you can download first the apk of whatsapp here: and import that to your bluestack. This will save you time to download online whatsapp.

  24. gulam
    December 1, 2013 at 11:12 am

    when install bluestack error shown : update Graphics driver when goes to update graphics driver error shown your computer does not have capability
    what can do?
    please help

    • Nick
      March 13, 2014 at 10:00 am

      download an earlier version

  25. test
    November 25, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    This is totally misguiding article. I'll request all of you to not follow it as no Whatsapp messanger is available after installing it.

    • Ak4j
      April 9, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      I just installed and set it up. so whats your problem

    • Ak4j
      April 9, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      how do i get phone numbers and contacts

  26. Sudhindra Arsikere
    November 18, 2013 at 2:49 am

    GrrrrrrrrrrT!!!!!!article and thanks for sharing it:)

  27. Kannon Y
    November 14, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Oh this is super clever! I just uninstalled Bluestacks, too. What was I thinking?!?!

  28. Mohanad S
    November 13, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Great !

  29. Thu Y
    November 13, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I got it. Move apk file into bluestacks apps folder in library and run the apk file.

  30. Thu Y
    November 13, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    how to sideload apps into bluestacks?

  31. Gourav
    November 13, 2013 at 4:39 am

    Bluestacks had been working smoothly for me for quite some time. However, once I uninstalled it and could never manage to install in back again as install always failed.

    Can you suggest me any other worthy (and free) android emulator for Windows ?

    • ashu
      December 2, 2013 at 1:38 am

      you can use youwave also better then bs

  32. Francois
    November 12, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Installing Whatsapp on your PC with Bluestacks will definitely cause issues if you also intend to use it on your phone. I would advise against even installing it at all if you are ever going to use it on your phone again.

  33. Kihara
    November 12, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Excellent article Chris!
    Some users may experience a lag issue especially with graphic intensive apps. I have also personally experienced a hanging Bluestacks load screen. For best performance, the minimum RAM should be 2GB and it works great!