How to run WhatsApp messenger on Windows or Mac

WhatsApp Messenger is only available for mobile platforms and so far there has been no announcement for any official desktop client.

However there exist several solutions how to run WhatsApp on desktop computers and we will show you some of them.

You can probably find more ways on internet and as the popularity of WhatsApp increases, more will probably appear. We just focused on those that are easy, quick and preferably free.

Run Whatsapp through Android Emulator

It is possible to install WhatsApp for Android on Microsoft Windows or OS X through Android emulator. The advantage of this is that this solution does only require your phone once and then you can use WhatsApp comfortably from your computer.

Bluestacks App Player

First you need to download and install the Bluestacks App Player, which is a very easy to use software that allows users to run Android apps on computer and available for both Windows and OS X.

More detailed information about Bluestacks can be found in another of our articles called How to run Android apps in Windows and How to run Android apps on Mac.

BlueStacks for Windows
BlueStacks application

After you install Bluestacks and set the basic options, click on Search button → find the WhatsApp Messenger app in Google Play → Install app to Bluestacks.

Install WhatsApp to Bluestacks
Find WhatsApp in BlueStacks

Install WhatsApp to Bluestacks
Install WhatsApp to BlueStacks

Open WhatsApp in Bluestacks and prepare your phone with telephone number that you want to use in WhatsApp.

It doesn't matter what type of mobile platform your phone usingClick on Agree and Continue button.

WhatsApp Installation to Bluestacks
WhatsApp in BlueStacks

Fill the country code and telephone numberClick on OK button

WhatsApp verify your phone number in Bluestacks
Verify your phone number in WhatsApp

Wait 5 minutes till the WhatsApp Messenger try to verify phone via SMS code.

WhatsApp verify your phone number with sms
Wait till the SMS verification failed

Click on Call me button and wait till the phone start ringing. Pick the call and listen to automatic voice that will tell you your verification code. Fill the verification box with it.

WhatsApp verification with telephone call
Wait for call from WhatsApp

If you have stored any backups of messages in your Bluestacks WhatsApp you will be prompted to recovery them.

WhatsApp old messages recovery
Restore old WhatsApp messages

Fill the the profile information and click on Next button in right upper corner.

WhatsApp profile info
WhatsApp profile info

Wait a few seconds till the WhatsApp will finish initialization processes and click on Continue button.

WhatsApp installation to Bluestacks finished

WhatsApp settings complete

And that's it. You can open your Contact list and start conversation with your WhatsApp friends.

WhatsApp in Bluestacks contact list
WhatsApp contact list

WhatsApp chat in Bluestacks
WhatsApp chat

WhatsApp client needs access to your Phonebook to find your contacts with WhatsApp. You can import your contacts to Bluestacks from Gmail, Facebook etc.

Also you can import from *.vcf files by using BlueStacks Settings → Import Windows/Mac Files → Select *.vcf file with contacts → Manage Contacts → Option button in right upper corner → Import/Export → Import from storage option.

Import contact list Bluestacks
Import contacts to Bluestacks

Run WhatsApp in web browser

Another option would be to use a web based solution which is provided by the developers of WhatsApp and can be found at WhatsApp Web website. It only works for Google Chrome so far and only with certain mobile devices, which excludes iOS devices.

WhatsApp on Web
WhatsApp Web app

A huge downside to this is that your phone needs to be connected to the internet whole time you use Whatsapp on web because both your device and the web client must be connected. It also does not work for iPhones users.

The usage is simple, you pair your web browser and phone via QR code shown on the screen and then can write messages directly on web.

Related software and links:

BlueStacks App Player for Mac icon

BlueStacks App Player for Mac    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
Android virtualization software for Apple Mac

BlueStacks App Player for Windows icon

BlueStacks App Player for Windows    Microsoft Windows platform
Android apps virtualization software for Windows

WhatsApp for Android icon

WhatsApp for Android    Google Android platform
Popular instant messaging client for Google Android


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