WhatsApp for Mac is finally available and now it’s easy to run WhatsApp on Mac for free including on Yosemite and El Capitan. On May 11th 2016, WhatsApp released the long awaited desktop client for Mac and although you could already use the web version of WhatsApp, the desktop app is better because it has more support for desktop notifications and better keyboard shortcuts. Most importantly for iPhone users, the new WhatsApp for Mac desktop client also syncs messages with WhatsApp for iPhone whereas the web app doesn’t.

How To Download & Install WhatsApp For Mac

It’s easy to download and install WhatsApp for Mac for free. Just download the client directly here or by going here to the WhatsApp download page. When you’ve downloaded and unzipped the file, just double click to install the client on your Mac and drag it into your Applications folder. When you open the app, you need to scan the QR code with your phone in order to sync your mobile with the desktop app. When you’ve done this, you can start using WhatsApp on your OS X desktop.

whatsapp for mac downloadAll messages that you send with WhatsApp for Mac are synced with your phone and vice versa. Some of the advantages of the new desktop client include keyboard shortcuts such as CMD + Shift + M to mute a conversation and CMD + Shift + U to change the read status of a message. You also don’t have to log back in every time you close your browser like you have to with the web app. Note that you cannot make voice calls from WhatsApp for Mac.

How To Use WhatsApp Web On Mac

The web version of WhatsApp was released in early 2015 and was the first time Mac users could use WhatsApp via Google Chrome with one drawback. The web version of WhatsApp does not work with iPhones due to “platform limitations” with Google Chrome (that’s basically Google/Apple talk for “we don’t like each other much”). It only works with Android, BlackBerry, Nokia and Windows phones. However, if you don’t want to install the desktop version on your Mac, the web version works in your browser and requires no download or installation.

Here’s how to use it on Mac:

  • Update WhatsApp on your mobile device to the latest version. This is very important, otherwise, the web version will not work with it.
  • Make sure you’ve installed the Google Chrome browser on your Mac. Open it and go to the following address: https://web.whatsapp.com. You will see the following page with a QR code on the screen.

whatsapp for mac - how to use whatsapp on mac

  • If the QR code is not generated first time round, try restarting Chrome or clearing your browser cache.
  • Simply can the QR code on the screen with your mobile device. To do this open WhatsApp on your phone. Select the Menu button by touching the three dots in the top right corner and you’ll see the option “WhatsApp Web”. whatsapp for mac - whatsapp for webSelect this option and The QR code scanner will appear with a message to go to the WhatsApp web page that you’ve already got open in Chrome. whatsapp for mac - scan codeWhen you’ve scanned the code in Google Chrome, you’re done. You can then chat using WhatsApp Messenger on your Mac. Like on your phone, you will receive desktop notifications when a user has messaged you.
  • All chats will be synced with your phone when you return to it. You can logout of WhatsApp Web on your Mac at any time but if you do, you’ll need to go through the QR code scanning process again to log back on.

Warning: It’s a good idea to make sure you are using WiFi on your phone when logged onto WhatsApp Web on Macs because if your phone is connected to WhatsApp via 3/4G, it will also use your data plan to sync messages while you are using WhatsApp on your Mac!

Alternatives To WhatsApp for Mac

There are several unofficial WhatsApp apps for Mac such as App for WhatsApp, Supertab for WhatsApp, Easychat for WhatAapp and ChitChat (formerly WhatsMac) that allow you to use WhatsApp on a Mac.

App for WhatsApp for example is very easy to use, allows you to both send and receive messages and syncs with your current WhatsApp account on your iPhone. App for WhatsApp is the only unofficial WhatsApp app for Mac that allows you to both send and receive messages – the others only allow you to receive WhatsApp messages on your Mac. It’s also the only one that can sync with iPhones too:

whatspp for mac - app for whatsapp

ChitChat meanwhile is a free app that basically wraps the web app into Safari and then makes it available as an application that you can launch from your Dock like any other. It means that you don’t need a browser to use WhatsApp web and works like a separate app on your Mac:

whatsapp for mac - chitchat

It also means that you can use keyboard shortcuts to manage WhatsApp on your Mac:whatsapp for mac - chitchat keyboard shortcuts

There are some little glitches like the media upload button doesn’t work but you can also upload video and audio to ChitChat by dragging it into the app. However, the release of the official WhatsApp for Mac client by WhatsApp in May 2016 means that these unofficial clients really aren’t necessary anymore.

Finally, the most complicated way to use WhatsApp on your Mac is to install an Android emulator. This method is definitely more complicated and impractical because it requires an extra mobile number since WhatsApp only allows you to have one account installed on one device at a time unless you’re using the official app. The Android emulator method is worth doing however if you plan to install other apps on your Mac which are only available on mobile (such as Candy Crush). Here we show you all the ways to use WhatsApp on your Mac so you can decide which one is best for you.

Android Emulator Method: How To Install WhatsApp For Mac Without Bluestacks

The new desktop version of WhatsApp and the web version mean that the following way of installing WhatsApp on your Mac is no longer really necessary. It’s also not very convenient because you need two mobile numbers – one for the WhatsApp account on your phone and one for installing WhatApp on your Mac because WhatsApp only allows you to have WhatsApp installed on one device at a time. However, if this isn’t a problem for you or the web version doesn’t work for you or you’d rather not install an app, this way of installing WhatsApp on your Mac is the most up to date method available and works on all versions of OS X. It’s also worth following this tutorial if you want to install other games or apps which are only available on mobile but not on Mac such as Candy Crush. Although Bluestacks used to be the most popular way to install Android apps on Mac, it has become less reliable in recent years so this method does not require the Bluestacks Android emulator.

  • Download this ISO image of Android. Download the first file in the list – the one with the most downloads.
  • Download Virtual Box for Mac. Virtual Box allows you to run other operating systems – such as Android and Windows – on your Mac. Download the file that says “Download Virtual Box for Mac Hosts”.
  • Install VirtualBox on your Mac and then when you open it, click “New” in the top left corner.whatsapp for mac - virtualbox

In the Name field, you can write WhatsApp and in the Type just select “Other” as Android is not on the list.

  • Move the Memory slider somewhere in the middle.whatsapp for mac - virtualbox memory
  • Select the second option “Create a Virtual HardDrive Now”.whatsapp for mac - hard drive
  • Select the first option “VirtualBox Disk Image”.whatsapp for mac - hard drive type
  • Select the first option “Dynamically Allocated”.whatsapp for mac - memory allocation
  • You can call the new Hard Drive “WhatsApp”. Click Create.whatsapp for mac - create drive
  • You’re now ready to setup Android on your Mac. You’ll see your new WhatsApp Virtual Drive in the left menu. Make sure it is selected and click Start. You’ll then be prompted to select a Virtual Disk which is the Android ISO you downloaded earlier. Browse to the Android ISO file and click Start.whatsapp for mac - select startup disk
  • When you see the Virtual Box mouse warning, just click capture and then simply hit “Enter” as the option you need “Run Android -x86 Without Installation” is selected by default. Once your mouse is inside Virtual Box, it is “locked” in there but if you need to get it out to use it in OS X again, simply press the left CMD key next to the spacebar to release it.whatsapp for mac - android setup
  • Android will not setup automatically.whatsapp for mac - android setup 2 Skip the WiFi setup and Google Account setup stages.whatsapp for mac - skip wifi
  • Once setup has finished, you are on the main Android screen. Select the Home Menu button as you would if you were using an Android device. You must first access Settings.whatsapp for mac - settings
  • Go to Security and enable Unknown Sources. Click OK when the security warning pops up and Unknown Sources is enabled.whatsapp for mac - unknown sources
  • Use the Back button at the bottom of the screen to go back to your Android desktop…whatsapp for mac - android homepageAnd then search for “WhatsApp apk” in the Google search bar at the top. If a Google Account prompt appears, just use the back arrow bottom in the bottom left to remove it and return to the Search Bar.whatsapp for mac - whatsapp apk Select the result that says WhatsApp for Android from the official WhatsApp site which should be the first result on the page.whatsapp for mac - download
  • Click the green “Download Now” boxwhatsapp for mac - download page And when WhatsApp has finished downloading, click on it. If you have problems seeing the download, drag on the download manager arrow in the top left of the screen and drag down. whatsapp for mac - download completeClick Open and Accept the Custom ROM warning. Then simply follow the WhatsApp setup process. whatsapp for mac - setup
  • You’ve now installed WhatsApp on your Mac.whatsapp for mac home

Of course, you’ll need a mobile number that is not already setup with a WhatsApp account to do this as you can only use one WhatsApp account on one device at a time. Important: If the verification method by SMS fails, you need to use voice verification instead. Make sure the SIM card is on your mobile and select voice verification. You will then receive an automated message with a code that you can then enter into WhatsApp on your Mac to activate it.whatsapp for mac - verfiy numberAt the time of writing, this is the only way to physically install WhatsApp on Mac that definitely works other than the web version. If you have any problem using this tutorial, please let us know in the comments below.

How To Install WhatsApp For Mac Using Bluestacks

Important Note: Bluestacks for Mac has been discontinued but this workaround provides an older version of Bluestacks to use instead. As a result, you may experience problems and bugs and we only recommend trying to install WhatsApp this way as a last resort.

Download and install this old Alpha 0.2.1.17 version of BlueStacks App Player. If you have problems with this version, or if the apps don’t appear in Bluestacks after installation, download and install this Beta version of Bluestacks for Mac instead. Let the installer run and Bluestacks App Player is installed on your Mac.whatsapp-for-mac-bluestacks

As the image below shows, you’ll find all of the pre-installed Android apps in your Dock which includes Whatsapp.

whatsapp for mac bluestacks dock

However, the preinstalled Whatsapp will not work. You have to reinstall it by doing the following.

Click on the Facebook app in Bluestacks and login into your Facebook account. Send yourself a message with the following link in it: http://www.whatsapp.com/android/

whatsapp for mac facebook

Click on the link and then click “Download Now”.

whatsapp for mac download

WhatsApp will then start to download in Bluestacks App Player. You can see the status of the download by dragging down the status bar as if you were using an Android phone.

whatsapp for mac download bluestacks

When its finished, click on it to install Whatsapp on Mac. Then simply follow the install instructions as if you were installing Whatsapp on an Android phone.

whatsapp for mac installRemember that you’ll need a phone number with which to verify your Whatsapp account, either via SMS or Voice Message.

whatsapp for mac verify number

There are other tutorials about how to install Whatsapp on Mac, most of them using newer versions of Bluestacks but in our experience they don’t work because the new version of Bluestacks for Mac doesn’t allow you to download and install apps using the above workaround. In the new version of Bluestacks, you’re also supposed to be able to search for and install Whatsapp using the search tool but at the time of writing, it returns no results.

Some Mac users have reported various different bugs with Bluestacks not working properly such as being stuck on the loading screen, icons not appearing or responding and stability issues especially with OS X 10.9 Mavericks. If this is happening to you, first close Bluestacks and delete the config files in Bluestacks. To do this go to Bluestacks in your Applications folder, Ctrl-click on the icon and select “Show Packet Contents”. Click on the Config folder and delete all of the contents:whatsapp for mac - config filesRestart Bluestacks and it may fix the problem.

We hope we’ve helped you use or install WhatsApp on your Mac. If you have any problems or questions, let us know in the comments below.

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186 Responses

    • MacHow2

      You can use install the Twitter app instead if you have a Twitter account. You can install any app in fact as long as it allows you to send the WhatsApp link to yourself.

      Reply
      • Harina

        what if i can not open any of the apps, Facebook included. it just takes me to the bluestacks app player homepage

  1. Michelle

    If I input my whatsapp number that is currently in my phone, would it work? Or should I use another number that has not been registered in whatsapp before?

    Reply
  2. varun

    I have OS Maverick and this trick doesn’t seem to work….please help!

    Reply
      • Tamer Madbouly

        i seem to be having the same issue, blue stacks doesn’t seem to be able to launch any of the pre existing apps. So the step of launching facebook cant be carried out rendering the whole process useless.

      • Manuela

        I’m having the same problem as Tamer, and I’m using the version from the linked you posted. It’s not sunning any of the apps

  3. Zohaib Mansoor

    hey i am getting an error when i am trying to log into either facebook or twitter that says: Sorry, login failedto reach facebook servers. Please check your network connection or try again later. (api.facebook.com [java.net.unknownhostexception]}

    Reply
    • MacHow2

      It sounds like a temporary problem with the Bluestacks servers. Keep trying and if it still doesn’t work after a few hours, let us know.

      Reply
      • André Kano

        Sorry, but I didn’t understand: how can Whatsapp get contacts from my address book if it is running inside an app (Bluestacks) on mac – not in a phone – that doesn’t have an address book? I’ve got to install, but I can’t add any friends… (I’m not a Whatsaap mobile user)

      • MacHow2

        André, The simplest thing to do to get your contacts on WhatsApp in Bluestacks on your Mac is to add your mobile contacts to your gmail or google account and then add your gmail/google account to Bluestacks and then autosync it with WhatsApp.

      • Klementyna

        how can I add gmail account to Bluestacks?

      • MacHow2

        You can’t add it as it’s a web application but if you search the store in Bluestacks (just like searching the Play store on an Android device) there are apps that you can download that allow you to check Gmail in Bluestacks.

    • MacHow2

      Bluestacks doesn’t come pre-installed with WhatsApp. You must follow the instructions above to install WhatsApp within Bluestacks.

      Reply
  4. Steve

    it worked for a while but now the bluestacks app player won’t start. any ideas?

    Reply
    • MacHow2

      Steve, What exactly happens when you try to start Bluestacks. What version of OS X are you using and have you updated it recently?

      Reply
      • Steve

        hi, thanks for getting back to me. I’m running os x 10.8.5 not updated for a while (only update available to me is maverick) when i tried to make it start it would say app player starting then eventually app player unknown.

        I’ve got it going again, i think it was conflicting with the software I’m using for my 3G dongle.

        thanks again for reply

      • Lyla Marika

        I’m facing the same problem too. i tried many times to log in to my twitter account, and also the same problem. i’ve restart my macbook ,reinstall bluestack and nothing appears on the bluestack apps player. need help here

      • Lyla Marika

        i used the old version.it took 24 hrs to stable i guess? but i tried again this morning and it works! thank you so much for this step-by-step instructions! god bless! xx

  5. adam

    hi
    i installed it and i treid to open Facebook but it doesn’t open can you please help me?

    Reply
  6. shashank

    how can i add contacts from my mac after installing it. I don’t have a smartphone..only mac…so how can i add..plz reply

    Reply
    • MacHow2

      If Bluestacks is crashing as soon as you click on an app, then I’d suggest reinstalling Bluestacks using the link in the post above.

      Reply
  7. furkan

    i broke my phone so i want to use whatsapp on my mac but i cant connect with whatsapp i mean whatsapp wants code that they sent but i cant open my phone so how can i reach my code ? on my mac

    Reply
    • MacHow2

      Unfortunately, you must be able to receive an SMS on a mobile to install WhatsApp on a Mac using Bluestacks. You’ll have to put the SIM card in another mobile that works!

      Reply
  8. steve

    is it ok if I use the same whatsapp account on my smart phone and on my mac?
    would it crash?

    Reply
  9. ANAS

    i want to know, how to setting the time? because for example, my time now is 1800pm, but the Whatsapp’s time is 0900am

    Reply
    • MacHow2

      Simply hit the Menu Button and then go to Settings and then Date and Time in WhatsApp and change the Timezone to your region.

      Reply
      • Marianee

        Hey, I managed to install bluestacks on my mac thanks to your great tutorial, but I can’t change time and date.
        I tried with the “menu button” but nothing happens.
        So can you please help me with this? the thing is that I use whatsapp for my job, and sometimes it is really important to know at what time people message me.
        Thanks!!

  10. reuben

    hi guys…first of all a massive massive thanks for helping us get whatsapp on macs….my prob is that i can’t send pics or videos from the app…it goes into gallery but its empty…any ideas how i can solve this issue

    Reply
    • MacHow2

      Reuben, Thanks and you’re welcome. You need to install another app within Blustacks called ES File Manager which allows you to browse and upload photos on your Mac to apps within Bluestacks. You’ll find instructions how to do so if you scroll down this post on How To Install Instagram on Mac. Let us know if you have any problems.

      Reply
  11. Sudhir

    I get error trying to open apk file, it says no application is available to open

    Reply
  12. Deepak Pradeep

    My bluestack app is stuck on the loading screen. I tried re-installing but doesn’t help.

    Reply
  13. Tony

    Hi
    I m trying to download whatsapp and I just downloaded twitter app to my mac ox.
    i tried to open it the app(twitter) using blue stack. but its not opening .
    can u help

    Reply
    • MacHow2

      The workaround above for getting WhatsApp on your Mac doesn’t require you to open Twitter – only Facebook. It sounds like it may be a server problem for you but for general problems with Bluestacks you should contact Bluestacks customer support.

      Reply
  14. will

    hi when attempting to open the whatsapp.apk, mac finder states “there is no aaplication set to open the document”, i have a choice to choose an application, canel or search mac app store

    Reply
    • MacHow2

      Are you sure you’ve downloaded the Whatsapp.apk in Bluestacks? If so, when Finder prompts you to choose an application, choose “Bluestacks”.

      Reply
  15. Vaishnavi Muralidhar

    Hi, i’m having issues with the installation of bluestacks app.

    After trying to install it, it says:

    The installation failed. The installer encountered an error that caused the installation to fail. Contact the software manufacturer for assistance.

    Reply
  16. idris

    ı could not see any Facebook or twitter page on BLUESTACKS APP PLAYER

    Reply
  17. alvin

    hello, thanks for the post. when input the number i want to register, it waits for the automatic code message, and doesnt allow me to input the code i received via text

    Reply
  18. Dworo Udono

    i was succesfully download, but the problem now is can’t working at the same time on my macbook pro and my iphone. The program want to verify if work on mbp an the same case if on the iphone

    Reply
    • MacHow2

      You must have a separate number to use WhatsApp on your Mac using this workaround. You can’t use it on your Mac and Phone at the same time with the same number.

      Reply
  19. Martina

    Hi! I just downloaded Bluestacks but when I try to install it it tells me that an error occurred and the installation failed! What can I do?
    I’m using OS X 10.9.2

    Reply
  20. Daniela

    I know that you have answered this before, but, I wanna make sure of something…if I have whatsapp on my phone, but I want it also in my Mac, but I cannot access the WiFi on my phone at the office, and I´m going to use the mac, can I use the same number? not been online with the 2 devices at the same time?
    Thanks!

    Reply
    • MacHow2

      Hi Daniela, I’m afraid not! You can only register one WhatsApp account to one number on one device. You would need to buy a new sim card with a new number to use it on your Mac.

      Reply
  21. gracenande123

    I have a question? Why is that every time I shut my computer and reopen it, Bluestacks isn’t working??? ( I always have to reinstall it every time and my apps that I downloaded aren’t)

    Reply
  22. gunjan

    The app player is not starting on my mac. “App player is unknown”
    I tried restarting, re-installing. No change. No pre-installed application is working either

    Reply
  23. rosie

    Hi, unfortunately yesterday someone stole not only my 5s but my ipad.
    I’ve tried to download BlueStacks and once done a message saying “We are sorry, but BlueStacks app player does not support your computer. Hardware model iMac4,1 is not supported.” What does this mean? please get back ASAP. Thanks.

    Reply
  24. Anusha Das

    Hi! i installed Bluestacks but its not opening. the computer says there is no app player for it and i can download software only from app store. i nedd whatsapp urgently. please help! and how do i check the OS version of my macbook air?

    Reply
    • MacHow2

      Hi, Go to the Apple logo in the top left of your screen and click on “About This Mac” and it will show you the version of OS X you are using.

      Reply
      • Anusha Das

        thank you. how can i change my profile photo on whatsapp? when i try to add a picture it takes me to some gallery where tere are no photos. how do i add more pictures to this gallery. please help

      • MacHow2

        You simply need to browse to the correct folder where the photos are stored or drag some photos into the folder that it is going to by default.

  25. Adil Kharam

    Hey i managed to finally install it using your brilliant tutorial! Thanks! Now i have one more question, can i use a skype number to configure my whatsapp? My skype number cant receive texts but can receive calls, is that enough to set it up? Please let me know! Thank you. 😀

    I will appreciate it if you can answer this query!

    Reply
    • MacHow2

      Hi, Glad the tutorial helped you get WhatsApp on your Mac! Unfortunately you can’t use Skype to configure WhatsApp – you’ll need a genuine mobile number and phone to receive the activation SMS.

      Reply
  26. Anusha Das

    Okay last thing. where is this folder?? i don’t understand my macbook air. there is this gallery it takes me to. and it shows me some of my photos which are linked to my google account/

    Reply
    • MacHow2

      If you’re trying to browse images on WhatsApp on your Mac, you need to install another app called “ES File Manager” in Bluestacks which allows it to browse your Mac’s files. Scroll down this tutorial about How to install Instagram on Mac until you reach the bit about ES File Manager and follow exactly the same instructions to enable the same thing on WhatsApp,

      Reply
  27. Ashleigh Baard

    How does the verification code work? It obviously won’t detect an automatic SMS, but i got the SMS, so where do I type in the code?

    Reply
  28. jason

    thanks for sharing this to us..however is there a way that i dont have to reconnect my whatsapp account on my phone after using it on my mac? thanks

    Reply
    • MacHow2

      Glad it helped Jason. Not sure what you mean? If you mean is there any way to have a separate WhatsApp mobile number for Mac there isn’t. You need a real mobile number to receive the activation code.

      Reply
      • jason

        haha sorry for the confusion clearly i wasnt thinking straight lol
        let me put it this way…is it true that one mobile number can only be connected to one device… which means I cant connect it to my mac and phone at the same time?

      • MacHow2

        Yes, Unfortunately you can only use one WhatsApp account with one device so you’ll need another mobile number to setup WhatsApp on your Mac.

  29. Jamilla

    Hi there. I just downloaded Bluestacks the following link you wrote above. Sadly when I try to open Facebook I only see the logo of Bluestacks in a black screen… Can you help me?

    Reply
  30. Marianee

    Hi, the thing is that when I try to download it from bluestacks nothing happens, that’s after sending the Facebook message.
    Can you pleeeease help me!?

    Reply
  31. Eline Oskam

    Heey, I did exactly as you did by downloading the older version, but all the apps in it have a circle with a line on the app pictures, and if I want to open any of the aps including whatsapp and facebook it says: You cannot use this version of the application Whatsapp/Facebook/.. with this version of Mac OS X. I have a Mac OS X 10.5.8. Can you help me?

    Reply
    • MacHow2

      Hi, Unfortunately this workaround to get WhatsApp on Mac doesn’t work with OS X 10.5.8 Leopard as Bluestacks doesn’t support it. You need to be using OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or higher. The best thing to do is simply upgrade your version of OS X.

      Reply
      • Eline Oskam

        Ahh, I see, thank you for your help, do you have any tips on how/where it is best to do this? Or where it is possible to get whatsapp for the OS X 10.5.8?

  32. lola

    hello i am trying to install whatsapp on my mac but none of the pre installed apps are opening so i can’t install whatsapp. please help

    Reply
    • MacHow2

      Not at all. You are simply installing Bluestacks on your Mac which is perfectly safe. It just allows you to run Android apps on your Mac that’s all.

      Reply
  33. viki viswa

    guys…install the beta version and as said by the author copy the link and send a message in Facebook and open that link from the conversation….now after opening the link…click on download and then…chose google market…login using google account…download and install it…it worked fr me…

    Reply
  34. Franco

    Hi, great tutorial! I was just wondering how can I download other Android apps like the ES File Manager on the Alpha version of BlueStacks?

    Reply
  35. SURABHI

    i tried downloading a newer version of bluestacks sometime ago. but it doesn’t display all the apps on android. hence i had to delete it from my system. i hope the link u have posted above will show me all the apps!

    Reply
  36. Rodrigo

    Hello friend, it was really helpful, thank you very much!! But i have one problem: i can’t see the menu button… i am using 0.2.1.17 alpha version… where is the button??

    Reply
  37. Ingrid

    Neat! I’m still figuring out how to add contacts, but at least it has installed correctly! Thanks loads!

    Reply
  38. yasoo

    Hi there, i downloaded bluestacks and did not finish downloading, i also wanted to know which one is which when i replay to a msg, i will use it as a back up on my mac , so i wanted to use the same number, what should i do??
    thanks

    Reply
    • MacHow2

      Just try the download again as the Bluestacks server may have been busy. Unfortunately, you can only activate WhatsApp on one device per account so you can’t use the same account for your phone as you can for your Mac. However, if you just want to receive WhatsApp messages from the same account as the one on your phone on your Mac, use Notifyr for Mac.

      Reply
  39. karunakar

    wen im calling to my mobile on verification… it is saying pls install new version of whatsapp though i installed so many times it is getting like tat.. nw wat i hav to do bro..

    Reply
    • MacHow2

      It seems that the older version of WhatsApp is not working for for some users when verifying. The only solution is to download the latest version of WhatsApp instead.

      Reply
  40. Jan

    Hello! Thanks for the help. However the SMS Verification seems to fail with my phone number and the ‘Call me’ results in the following message: “It looks like your client had been modified. Please download the latest version from our website: https://whatsapp.com/android.” Any idea what this could be? Thanks in advance!

    Reply
    • MacHow2

      It seems that the older version of WhatsApp is not working for for some users when verifying. The only solution is to download the latest version of WhatsApp instead.

      Reply
    • MacHow2

      You can’t use the same WhatsApp account as the one you’re already using on your phone. You need a separate phone number to install it on your Mac.

      Reply
  41. paa solo

    please bluestacks both version could not install on my mac powerbook G4 10.4.11.how can i get a version compatible with my mac

    Reply
  42. fabbie80

    i can download everything is working. but i only can see my past group message. i cant see individual past message. i wana chat only 1 frd cannot.

    Reply
  43. Swetha Mohan

    HI. When i download it and try to open Facebook, i just get the app player and nothing happens?

    Reply
    • MacHow2

      The Bluestacks app can be very temperamental on Mac as can the Bluestacks servers. Can you see any of the apps other than Facebook? If not, try uninstalling and then reinstalling Bluestacks.

      Reply
  44. George Michael

    What happens if you simultaneously use your WhatsApp account on your smartphone and Mac?

    Reply
    • MacHow2

      Unfortunately you can’t. You can only use one WhatsApp account on one device at one time. The best you can do is install Notifyr so that you can simultaneously receive WhatsApp messages on your Mac and iPhone but you can only send messages from your iPhone.

      Reply
  45. Gili

    Hey, I cant open any of the apps (including Facebook) using OS X 10.9.4
    Can you help me?

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  46. Gili

    I can see the icons but when I press something its shows up and then immediately disappear…

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  47. Israel Urbina

    ok everythings works fine…facebook, playstore etc…but i have a problem the sms verification code failed because i dont have another phone number what do i do?

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    • MacHow2

      You need another phone card i.e. another SIM card for WhatsApp on your Mac. You can’t use the same number that you currently have on your phone with this workaround.

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  48. Jonathan Poole

    Hi, Thanks for your instructions.

    I installed the latest beta version of Bluestacks and got Whatapp working nicely – but after exiting Bluestacks I now can’t open Bluestacks again – it hangs on loading. I have deleted config files as some suggest, reinstalled several times with no success.

    I ran BlueStacks under dtruss and it is hanging in a loop on (among some other stuff)

    open_nocancel(“/tmp/uHD-Instance-jonathan-Private/network-redirect-tcp-9900”, 0x0, 0x1B6) = -1 Err#2
    write(0x8, “2014-11-04 23:29:29.606819 UTC uHD-Frontend(49222: 1283): Cannot connect to peer: No such file or directory\n”, 0x6C) = 108 0

    I tried going back to the earlier version of Bluestacks – but that doesn’t seem to work at all.

    Max OS 10.8.5

    thanks

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    • MacHow2

      Hi Jonathan, Glad the tutorial helped you. Have you recently upgraded OS X? Try using Disk Utility to repair permissions first and see if that helps but restart your Mac afterwards. If it doesn’t, uninstall Bluestacks, then repair permissions and reinstall it again. Hope it helps.

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  49. Zakwan Khidzir (@zakwan_khidzir)

    My mac currently running on Yosemite. However, regarding the Virtual Machine step, I have stuck at the very last step which require me to enter the verification code by sms. Then it gives me this “SMS verification failed, please try voice verification”.

    Question is how do I put in the verification code using my macbook? Could you please help me with that? I could send you screenshot of it.

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    • MacHow2

      Zakwan, You must use the voice verification method. Make sure the SIM card is in a phone, and choose the voice verification method. You will then receive an automated call with a code which you can then enter in WhatsApp on your Mac to activate it. Let us know if you have anymore problems with it.

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  50. Shannon

    Hello! I have an android and the whatsapp web app on my mac, but I can’t send or receive media on from my contacts on the whatsapp web app on my computer? How do i fix that?

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    • MacHow2

      Do you see a yellow bar at the top of your chat list indicating that your device is not connected to WhatsApp web? Try logging out and then in again if so and make sure your WiFi connection is working properly.

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  51. dave

    i got the whatsapp downloaded on bluestacks but it wont open what should i do?

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  52. dave

    i managed to download whatsapp through virtual box but i can only write in english is there a way for me to write in a diffrent language(hebrew-wich is already on my macs keyboard (whenever i switch to hebrew it becomes capital)) ?

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  53. cyn

    Hello! Thanks a lot android emulator/ whatsapp working great! but how to have calls and video calls with it please?

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