I recently found myself quite the situation. I am in between phones but then there is a very important WhatsApp group that I am in and I need to be updated on what is being discussed.
WhatsApp’s in-house solution for using a PC on their platform, WhatsApp Web, is less than elegant as it requires users to have the phone with WhatsApp turned on and be online. I mean, every other Instant Messaging platform out here, from Telegram to Viber has standalone PC applications.
I have tried many options but the one that makes sense at all is BlueStacks. BlueStacks is, for all intents and purposes, an Android sub-system for your Windows PC. It is more like running an Android Virtual Machine and then using the Android environment, Google Play and all, to install WhatsApp and any other Android app for that matter.
How to Install and Use Whatsapp on BlueStacks
- Download BlueStacks Emulator Software via BlueStacks on your PC and install it.
- Enable the Google PlayStore in BlueStacks
- Download and Install Whatsapp Messenger on your PC from Google Play Store.
BlueStacks is free to download and install but if you are running on “modest” hardware, welcome to lag city. The application itself is rather heavy, clocking in at a little over 500MB. For smooth running, you need at least 4GB of RAM, although more is definitely recommended. You will also need a capable processor as you are effectively running two systems, Android, and Windows at the same time. Once in BlueStacks,
- Open up Google Play Store and download WhatsApp
- Enter your Whatsapp phone number
- Activate Whatsapp with the activation code sent as SMS to your mobile number.
- That’s it. Enjoy all the way!
Issues and Limitations
For basic needs like catching up on a Group Chat or messaging your contacts, you might be fine. But I ran into a few issues while using WhatsApp on BlueStacks.
- I haven’t been able to access my Windows files from BlueStacks so you can’t exactly send files from your PC through WhatsApp on BlueStacks. I am sure there are workarounds but I haven’t been successful.
- Checking out videos and statuses is a choppy affair. This could be because BlueStacks was not using my dedicated graphics drivers but beware, it is bad.
- If you had a Google Drive backup of your chats and ou want to restore, you might want to wait for a week or so before using BlueStacks as there was a bug limiting you from doing so successfully.
All in all, for a quick-fix/band-aid solution, this one works just fine. How do you use WhatsApp on your PC? What has been your experience with BlueStacks? Is there another alternative we need to check out? Tell us in the comment section below.
The messaging app will no longer work on handsets powered by the Microsoft software in December 2019, a spokesperson wrote in a blog post.
‘You’ll no longer be able to use all Windows Phone operating systems after December 31, 2019,’ they wrote. ‘Because we no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time.’
WhatsApp also announced that by 2020, they will also withdraw support on Android versions 2.3.7 and older, or iOS 7 and older. They also warned that some WhatsApp features might stop working at ‘any time’ on these devices, which Microsoft discontinued in 2017.
In an attempt to hold a spot on mobile, Microsoft has bought the Windows 10 PC browser, Edge to Android and iOS.