So you love Whatsapp and also have an Android tablet but you can not use Whatsapp with it just because your Android tablet does not support a SIM card – it’s a tablet and not a smartphone. This is because Whatsapp reads your phone status and identity using the mobile network. Since your tablet doesn’t have these properties, Whatsapp installation isn’t possible unless you try the method mentioned below.
I haven’t created this guide, it has been created by AnonFBI on XDA forums. Via this blog post, I am only sharing knowledge and might help you if you face any issues. Also, this method does not require root permissions and should work on all Android tablets irrespective of the Android version your tablet might be running.[box_light]Someone has reported that the version of Whatsapp used for this tutorial has become obsolete which means that this tutorial might no longer be helpful.[/box_light]
The procedure goes this way –
- Download BlueStacks and install it on your PC. BlueStacks is an emulator which lets you run Android apps on your PC – pretty useful software one can use.
- Download WhatsApp v2.8.7326 apk file on your PC. The creator of this guide is specific about this version because this guide works only with this version as the new version has some security protection.
- Download STR AppGuard on your phone. This app is useful for the user to read and modify the permissions of any app installed on the device.
- Right click on the Whatsapp APK file and select “”Open with BlueStacks APK Installer”.
- Install Whatsapp on your tablet from the Google Play Store but do not run the app. Once it is installed, tap the “Done” button. In case you ran the app, you will have to go to Settings>Apps>Whatsapp>Clear data.
- Launch STR AppGuard and select “Whatsapp” from the list of installed applications.
- You will get the following screen: (I am using my phone for screenshots because I don’t have a tablet)
- Tap on OK button and the app will finish the three tasks listed in the image above. It will uninstall Whatsapp and install a secure version of the app.
- After the app is installed, you will see the permissions of Whatsapp (see screenshot below). Just uncheck the “Phone calls – read phone status and identity” option which will prevent Whatsapp from reading your phone identity. Since there is no such identity, this criteria will be void.
- Launch Whatsapp onBlueStacks and enter your phone number. Get the verification code via SMS or via a phone call.
- Repeat the above step on your tablet and you will get some error. Select the “Call me” option and you will still receive an error.
- Tap the menu button on your tablet and enter the code you received.
- Whatsapp will now work on your tablet. You can import contacts via a Google account.
If you receive a 6 digit authorization code, you perhaps did not install the correct version of Whatsapp listed above. You can now uninstall Whatsapp on BlueStacks and also remove AppGuard if you don’t need it anymore.
If you face any issues, leave a comment below