This article will walk you through various methods on How to install WhatsApp on Windows PC without an emulator.
There are various reasons why you may want to install WhatsApp on a PC. This can be because you spend most of your hours on the PC and you wouldn’t want to often get disturbed picking up your phone to reply to WhatsApp messages.
Well, there has always been an option of installing an android emulator on your PC and then run WhatsApp from the emulator. This is probably a nice idea if your computer has really good specs.
By good specs I mean a computer with at least 4GB of RAM, 2.5GHz clock speed and at least 320GB HDD. But having all the above specs doesn’t guarantee you that the android emulator will run smoothly. This is because having an emulator on a PC can be compared to practically having two computers using the same resources.
You can imagine that competition for resources like RAM. This makes a computer extremely slow. This is why I’ve tried as hard as possible to find an alternative to emulators.
This guide describes four ways how to install WhatsApp on PC without an emulator.
- 1 Method 1 – Use WhatsApp without a smartphone on an online emulator
- 2 Method 2 – Install WhatsApp on PC with Phoenix Operating System
- 2.1 Steps how to install Phoenix OS on PC
- 2.2 Download Phoenix OS
- 2.3 Create a new partition and restore point
- 2.4 Run the file as administrator
- 2.5 Start phoenix installation
- 2.6 Select disk partition for the installation
- 2.7 Choose data size
- 2.8 Phoenix Installation is done
- 2.9 Download WhatsApp from Google Play store
- 3 Method 3 – Download WhatsApp desktop app
- 4 Method 4 – Use WhatsApp web
Method 1 – Use WhatsApp without a smartphone on an online emulator
As the title says, this guide explains how to use WhatsApp on a Windows PC without an emulator. You’re probably wondering why am talking about the online emulator. What makes this different from the others emulators you know is that this emulator is not installed locally on your computer.
This explains why its so much better than the usual emulators for download. As I told you earlier, emulators utilize a lot of computer resources from RAM to graphics memory to hard disk space.
The online emulator solves all these issues, you don’t need to worry about any memory or storage since the emulator is cloud-based and therefore it is installed on servers somewhere away from your computer.
All you need is a browser and the internet. Don’t get worried about having a smartphone, you can just need any other phone for receiving the WhatsApp verification.
How to run WhatsApp on an online emulator
Install Google Chrome
The first step you got to do is to install Google Chrome. You can skip this step if you already have Google Chrome installed. Otherwise to install Google Chrome;
Visit the download page and download the Google Chrome installer.
Open the installer after download after which the full download of the program will be initiated.
Open the Chrome browser after download.
Add online emulator extension in Google Chrome
From the Google Chrome window, click on the three dots in the top right corner then More tools and click Extensions.
Pull out the sidebar of the extensions menu by clicking on the menu icon in the top left corner and click on Open Chrome web store at the bottom of the menu.
Search for Android Online Emulator and install the extension.
Download WhatsApp Apk
Since the emulator is android based, we shall head over to the WhatsApp official download page and download the WhatsApp Apk to installed in the emulator.
Install WhatsApp in the emulator
Click on the Android Online Emulator extension in the extension section at the top right corner.
Click on My Apk manager & Apk upload. From the Apk manager, click on the upload icon then click on choose file.
Locate the downloaded WhatsApp Apk and upload it.
Leave the New Filename field blank and click on Upload Apk.
To start the installation, click on Run_APK after which the emulator will start running.
Proceed with the WhatsApp installation process and log into your WhatsApp account.
You’re now done. Enjoy your WhatsApp on PC without a smartphone.
Method 2 – Install WhatsApp on PC with Phoenix Operating System
In this method, we shall be installing the Android operating system alongside the Windows Operating System.
Running Android on a PC is extremely be fast, compare it to having a phone with computer specifications. You can imagine a phone with for example 4GB of RAM.
In this method, you will have to download the Phoenix OS (android for PC).
Don’t get worried, this doesn’t mean that you’ll say goodbye to your Windows Operating System.
We shall be using dual boot to open Phoenix OS. Dual boot is basically where you have two operating systems on the same computer and you can choose to boot to any of the operating systems.
Steps how to install Phoenix OS on PC
Download Phoenix OS
Download the operating system from the manufacturer’s official website.
The installers available for download include; an online installer, ISO image, and an EXE installer.
These installers are categorized according to the Android version.
For purposes of illustration, we shall download and recommend the EXE installer.
Create a new partition and restore point
Before opening the installer. I recommend creating a different disk partition specifically for the operating system. The disk partition size should be at least 10GB. Additionally, I recommend creating a restore point as a way to back up the system.
Click here for details on how to create a restore point.
Run the file as administrator
Run the downloaded EXE file as administrator. To run the file as an administrator, right click on the file and click on run as administrator.
Start phoenix installation
Click on Install.
Select disk partition for the installation
Select the disk partition that you’ve just created and click Next
Choose data size
On the data size, Select 8G and click Install.
The installation will take several minutes. Be patient.
Phoenix Installation is done
When the installation is done, reboot the computer.
During booting, a menu of operating systems will be displayed, navigate to Phoenix OS and press the Enter button.
This will open the Phoenix OS. It is as easy to use as an android phone.
Download WhatsApp from Google Play store
The OS is pre-installed with the basic android applications including Google Play.
You can now install WhatsApp from Google play.
The only point you’ll need a phone is to check for the WhatsApp verification code sent to your phone number.
The OS is not limited to only WhatsApp, therefore, you can install any other Android applications you want.
Method 3 – Download WhatsApp desktop app
Note: This method works for Windows 10 users only.
Open Microsoft Store
Open the Microsoft store.
To open the store, open the start menu, search for “store” and open Microsoft store.
Before using the store, you may be prompted to sign into your Windows account. Sign in otherwise you’ll not get access to the Microsoft store.
If you don’t have a Windows account, there is an option of creating an account. Follow the steps to create an account.
After signing, you’ll get access to the Microsoft store.
From the search panel on the top right right corner, search for “Whatsapp” and from a list of displayed results click on “WhatsApp Desktop“.
Click on download to start downloading.
The download can then be monitored by clicking on the download icon at the top right corner of the store window.
Once the download is complete, open it.
Log into WhatsApp account
To log into your WhatsApp account, open WhatsApp on your phone, click on the three vertical dots at the top right corner of your WhatsApp screen.
From the options menu, click on Whatsapp Web and use the phone to scan the QR code on the Whatsapp desktop app.
Whatsapp on your PC will automatically log in when the scan is successful.
You can now always log into your WhatsApp account by just opening your WhatsApp desktop app.
Method 4 – Use WhatsApp web
With this method, you will be able to log into your WhatsApp from the web browser.
This is by far the fastest method to access your WhatsApp account as it doesn’t involve any download.
How to use WhatsApp Web
- From the web browser, enter web.whatsapp.com in the URL field
- A page will be loaded with a QR code for you to scan.
- Open WhatsApp on your phone and click on the three dots at the top right corner of your WhatsApp screen.
- click on Whatsapp Web from the displayed menu.
- Use the phone to scan the QR code in the browser after which your WhatsApp account will be verified and logged into.