Install Whatsapp app in non-cellular Android Tablets

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Nitesh Kunnath
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Tablet owners with no SIM slot provided must be at wrong impression that the increasingly popular Whatsapp app isnt compatible with their devices. Yes, you read it right. You can now install Whatsapp App in your tablet which has no SIM slot with ease.

All you need is to download Whatsapp app .apk file from their official website: http://www.whatsapp.com/android/current/WhatsApp.apk

You may also download Whatsapp app from Google Play Store, but I suppose it may mention your device as non-compatible. You can always bypass this using Allwinner mod App available at Google Play Store and change your Device ID via this app making Google Play Store consider your Tablet as desired compatible Phone model. Here I see that you need to perform additional steps to download the apk setup file of Whatsapp and hence I will suggest you to download the file directly from their official website.

Install Whatsapp application in your tablet and run it. Below I have taken some screenshots to demonstrate the same. Follow this carefully:

Welcome Message after you start Whatsapp App: 

Step 1: Select Country and Phone Number

Select Country and Phone Number

Step 2: SMS Verification

Check if the provided number is correct and then click “OK”

It will attempt to verify twice. By this time, you should have get a verification code via SMS to your mobile number.

The auto SMS verification method will fail and you will see something like the below screenshot. Just enter the verification code which you received in your mobile via SMS in the code box shown below.

Now that your tablet is verified, you will see the successful verification message as below:
Enter your Nickname and proceed.

Verification Complete

Now you will be taken to the chat screen window of Whatsapp.

Whatsapp Chat Screen

Enjoy the Official Whatsapp app in your Android Tablet. Have fun!

This method has been tested in my Micromax Funbook P300 Tablet powered with Android ICS 4.0.3

Hope you like the tutorial/demonstration to activate Whatsapp in your tablet using the most simplest method. If you have any doubts pertaining the same, do feel free to ask via comments below.

  • Ben

    I have a Sony tablet & I assume the installation should be the same. But what about the contacts update for the tablet?

    • http://gizmolord.com die2mrw007

      Yes, the method is same. You will need to update the contact details in Google profile. It will auto-fetch from Google profile of each contact.

  • gray

    I installed the app to my android tablet (Wifi only), had to change security settings to all the install but, as soon as I accepted the terms and conditions, I got the following message “We can’t identify your device. Please turn off the phone, take out the battery, restart it and start again. Note: tablets are not currently supported”

    • http://gizmolord.com die2mrw007

      Do you tablet have Google Play Store or Android Market?

    • http://gizmolord.com/ Die2mrw007

      Do you tablet have Google Play Store or Android Market?

      • Gray Power

        Google play store which does not have Whatsapp available, I downloaded it as above and installed the app with no problem. Until I try to use it.

        • http://gizmolord.com/ Die2mrw007

          it seems your device doesnt have the build.prop file which contains the model and make of you device. May I know which device you are installing into?
          I may investigate on this and could provide you with any solutions if possible.

          • Gray Power

            The installation seemed to be fine, it shows up as an app but fails when I try to open it. I have an ASUS EEE slider SL 101

          • http://gizmolord.com/ Die2mrw007

            Yes, installation might be possible in this case. The thing is that, there might not be a build.prop file in the system kernel of your device which Whatsapp searches for and collaborate the info with the app.
            If there is any app for your device which changes the build.prop info to something of a smartphone, your whatsapp installation will setup fine. After the whatsapp setup, you can revert it back to your original build.prop
            I will soon get back to you with proper instructions to implement this task. I wish you could use Whatsapp in your tablet very soon :)

          • peer

            I’m having the same issue..i’m using Sony Tablet S…pls help,,,

          • Linda B

            do you already have a solution for this?

  • http://gizmolord.com/ Die2mrw007

    Do you tablet have Google Play Store or Android Market?

    • Gray Power

      Google play store which does not have Whatsapp available, I downloaded it as above and installed the app with no problem. Until I try to use it.

      • http://gizmolord.com/ Die2mrw007

        it seems your device doesnt have the build.prop file which contains the model and make of you device. May I know which device you are installing into?
        I may investigate on this and could provide you with any solutions if possible.

        • Gray Power

          The installation seemed to be fine, it shows up as an app but fails when I try to open it. I have an ASUS EEE slider SL 101

          • http://gizmolord.com/ Die2mrw007

            Yes, installation might be possible in this case. The thing is that, there might not be a build.prop file in the system kernel of your device which Whatsapp searches for and collaborate the info with the app.
            If there is any app for your device which changes the build.prop info to something of a smartphone, your whatsapp installation will setup fine. After the whatsapp setup, you can revert it back to your original build.prop
            I will soon get back to you with proper instructions to implement this task. I wish you could use Whatsapp in your tablet very soon :)

          • peer

            I’m having the same issue..i’m using Sony Tablet S…pls help,,,

  • Captivate

    Hello I just got a asus infinity tablet and this method does not work. It gives me the same error as user gray. Any advice?

    • http://gizmolord.com/ Die2mrw007

      I have tried this in Micromax Funbook Tablet which works great. I need to figure out why exactly it isnt working for some specific tablet brand or model

  • L.l

    Hii I have the samaung galaxy tab 10.1 sim free.
    I can’t find the app in the google play so I download it from the web and still I get the message “we can’t identify your device… ” what I nees to do?

    • http://gizmolord.com/ Die2mrw007

      Did you try a restart after the installation of whatsapp? In my view it should have worked fine with Samsung Tab 10.1

  • gourav

    i have installed whatsapp on my funbook its done but my msg are not going to the contacts i saved,so pls tell me how to send the msg through funbook so the people can see my msg

    • http://gizmolord.com/ Die2mrw007

      You need to update your Google Contacts online so that you get all your contacts under whatsapp.
      Update your contacts in cloud storage of Google: https://www.google.com/contacts/

  • ro

    I installed the app to my android tablet (Wifi only), had to change security settings to all the install but, as soon as I accepted the terms and conditions, I got the following message “We can’t identify your device. Please turn off the phone, take out the battery, restart it and start again. Note: tablets are not currently supported”.. i have karbonn smart tab it has play store

  • Subhradeep

    Getting an error a cellular data connection is required to activate whatsapp messenger

    Any solution??

    • http://gizmolord.com/ Die2mrw007

      Yeah, your tablet should be connected to Internet via Wifi, or USB data card.

  • keutan

    I installed the app to my android tablet (Wifi only), had to change security settings to all the install but, as soon as I accepted the terms and conditions, I got the following message “We can’t identify your device. Please turn off the phone, take out the battery, restart it and start again. Note: tablets are not currently supported”..

    • http://gizmolord.com/ Die2mrw007

      Did you try restarting it and again initiating the process? By the way, which tablet you are using? Which brand and model?

      • Quinteng

        didn’t work fot me, on asus infinity (700t), the app still says ‘ẃe cant identify..take out battery…’śomeody please help!!:)

  • rocky

    hi dude, this is working in iberry tab …i am enjoying this..

    • http://gizmolord.com/ Die2mrw007

      great to know :)

      • abhishek

        is iberry axus ax01support whatsapp?is this trick will work?ROCKY said that in his iberry its working but he doesn’t mentioned which model number he is using ? please i am waiting to purchase this tab because of whatsapp!!

    • Abhishek

      which iberry you using ax01?

  • Manzil Cutting Chaiwala Thakka

    i have an HCL Me U1. It gives me the same error message. ”tablets not supported”. wht should i do?

    • http://gizmolord.com/ Die2mrw007

      Is your tablet rooted?

      • asim

        How we root the ssame????

  • Ivan

    Thank you very much friend.

    • ivan

      P.D. I have an Hq Platon and it works.

      • http://gizmolord.com/ Die2mrw007

        Thats great :)

  • Jelle de Jong

    Does somebody know what settings in the build.prop needs to be changed? I’m trying to get whatsapp getting trough the device identification on my Nexus 7 but I can’t get it right, I keep changing little things in the build.prop even so far that the device doesn’t boot any more and I have to do a re-flash.. 2second time now… so I’m a bit confused what strings to change for WhatsApp to finaly continue.

    • http://gizmolord.com/ Die2mrw007

      Try changing the build prop with that of a mobile phone identity so that Watsapp app identifies your tablet as Mobile and get you install it successfully.

  • andeep

    Thank nicely this is gret

  • Ivan

    I also get the message ”
    “We can’t identify your device. Please turn off the phone, take out the battery, restart it and start again. Note: tablets are not currently supported”. Has anyone been able to solve this problem so far?

    • Kenzie

      I have the exact same problem and i don’t know what to do

      • john urena

        I have the same isssue. I can’t seem to find a solution.

        • Kimvouch Tan

          I’ve got the same problem too. Anybody know how to solve this ?

          • Sahil Jangra

            I also have Same Problem,Please Help Us..

  • messer

    it installed ok on my Ampe A96 and working good but the problem is icant find any contacts pliz help

  • Zeeshan.amjad18

    Hi… i have an ancer tab a100 and it doesnot work… do i need to root the device???
    If not…. then what should i do, ive installed the app, ive even restarted it… but it still gives me the error saying “ ur device isunrecognised, restart, take out batery” and stuff
    It also said “note: tablets are still not supported”

    • http://gizmolord.com/ Die2mrw007

      It sometimes happened with me too. I did a reset to the software/Firmware/ROM and then it worked fine.

  • Dayson Luffy

    non-root or need root?

    • http://gizmolord.com/ Die2mrw007

      It doesnt need root

  • Gray Power

    Tried the Allwinner mod App on my Asus SL101 and none of the actions take effect, it doesn’t let me choose any of the options no matter what I try, just keeps the default settings. Next solution? *L*

    • http://gizmolord.com/ Die2mrw007

      Just let me know if your phone is rooted. If so, you can change the build prop file within the phone itself using root explorer file manager app

      • Gray Power

        It’s NOT a phone, it’s an ASUS tablet, that’s the problem

  • Suyi

    would it work for Sony tablet?

    • http://gizmolord.com/ Die2mrw007

      It may work…You should try it once.

  • Suyi

    does it work for your Sony tablet? =)

  • AC Hasbullah

    as usual, failed to install. my device is acer iconia tab a500

    • http://gizmolord.com/ Die2mrw007

      Try to root the tablet and then changing build.prop file values from Model : Acer Iconia a500 to any of the smartphone name.

  • as i am

    I have hcl me tab and downloaded what’s app as per above instructions but still got the same msg,,,,,,,,,,,,, plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz help ,,,plzzzzzz

    • http://gizmolord.com/ Die2mrw007

      Try to root the tablet and then changing build.prop file values from Model : HCL Me to any of the smartphone name.

  • asim

    Got. Same error in my hcl me tab .plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz help …

    • http://gizmolord.com/ Die2mrw007

      Same error you mean? What error exactly?

      • asim

        Same error … “We can’t identify your device. Please turn off the phone, take out the battery, restart it and start again. Note: tablets are not currently supported…I am using hcl u1 tab with out sim slot.

  • Alim

    can i installed and play whatsapp in Zen the master (zapa10) 7” wifi tablet….?

    • Alim

      how can i install

  • s.s

    I have key in the phone number in step 1 but can’t click on “OK” button (“OK” button didn’t turn on). No sms verification prompt out.

  • Lord Epoy

    I cant install it. doesnt work on my tablet. also, the allwinner mod wont allow me to change it’s settings too.

  • sharanya

    Hello.. I just did as u said but unfortunately I’m not getting any contacts.. how do I get it?

  • jagjit singh samra

    my karbon smart tab is working fine thanks

  • ank

    Why it is not installing on hcl me?

  • Abhishek

    is iberry axus ax01support whatsapp?is this trick will work?ROCKY said that in his iberry its working but he doesn’t mentioned which model number he is using ? please i am waiting to purchase this tab because of whatsapp

  • Boudin

    Whatsapp has changed the install file and knows when you try to install this app on a tablet for instance Samsung Galaxy tab2. How can I know get whatsapp running on this ?

  • boudin

    Whatsapp has changed the installation file it is notifying that youre trying to install on a tablet ! How can I get whatsapp on my Samsung Galaxy tab 2 without rooting ?

    • Tate

      I got da same problem

  • mo

    Worked perfectly, thanks mate!!

    I have a Kidige 7 tab (ice cream sandwich) ….first I used Allwin mod app to modify the build to gingerbread.

    Then used the direct apk link to download and use whatsapp!

    Now to import my phone contacts in the tab.

  • Abhilash

    Back up your contacts on your android phone’s sd card and then import in your tablet without sim card. Whatapp messenger should now work though you don’t have contacts in your Android tablet. But, you will need to do verification using the “call me” in whatapp.

  • vivan

    working 100%

  • Michael James

    I get the messege but there is no place to type the code!

  • PINKY1234

    HI. I HV HP TABLET .INSTALLED WHATS APP WHERE MY TIME STAMP WILL BE SEEN ON PHONE AS REGISTERED WITH PH. NO.OR SOME WHERE ELSE.AS I COULD NOT FIND IT.OR THAT CONTACT WILL SEE ONLY TO WHOM IM CHATING

  • Prashant

    Thanks a bunch….worked perfectly with my micromax p275

  • Tate

    Its giving me the take out battery stuff…*note tablets are not supported* on my Galaxy tab 2

  • Hesen Soxdu

    This not in Tablet U30GT-H i doesnt find for this version.

    please solve that.

  • ira

    I can get whatsapp installed on my samsung galaxy note 10.1 but when I tap the ‘agree and continue’ tab (first screenshot above), I get a popup alert that says ‘Note: tablets are currently not supported’; from there, I can’t proceed.

    Any help would greatly be appreciated. Thanks in advance

  • esth09

    It’s working for Micromax P275 tablet frnd …just follow below steps…Simple :)

  • Grace Blackwell

    I tried on play store on my samsung galaxy tab 2 and it didnt let me so i tried on the internet and worked fine until it came to the part were you choose the device your sending the app to and it just says in grey my tablet and when i click onto it it says again my device isnt compatible with it. And ive downloaded that all winner mode thing. Help!

  • suad

    I download the whatsapp when i hit the agree button give this messege tablet are currently not supported

    • prajwal

      so what can we do?

  • jyoti bhadauria

    I can get whatsapp installed on my HCL ME U1 tablet but when I
    tap the ‘agree and continue’ tab (first screenshot above), I get a popup
    alert that says ‘Note: tablets are currently not supported’; from
    there, I can’t proceed.

    please help .. . i have even installed “go contact ex”..

    • viral karia

      same prblm i m facing jyoti. do u get any solution for this prblm?? then pl pl let me know.

  • Sayan Guha

    can it work on infinity funbook p275???? please reply :D

    • Deepak Kumar

      It Should Work!

  • arsi

    it shows tabs are not currently supported…help plz

  • Silvia

    Instalar wasap

  • Huzefa

    after tapping ‘Agree and Continue’, i get a popup, ‘Note: Tablets are not currently supported.’. after tapping ok. the same initial screen of whatsapp appears…. how to go ahead?

  • nidss

    thanks a lot…. it worked well.. did the same way as given at it is working well on my Micromax P300.

  • viral karia

    i installed whatts app in my hcl me u1 but the tab does not support it. so its not running on hcl me u1. wht to do to fix this issue?

  • nick

    I ave samgsung galaxy tab 10.1 n it doesnt work

    • ani

      On mine too. I even move my second sim to my ”modern ” phone registred viber and whats app and after 5 min. It trew me away.

  • MOHAMMAD

    INSTALLED AND WORKING FINE.. ON GALAXY TAB 3 8.0, THANK YOU SO MUCH

  • sumesh

    how i register with pc

  • yusuf

    How to auto-fetch the contacts from google profile pleas, im a bit of a new user in this. Please help

  • http://gizmolord.com/ Die2mrw007
  • panda

    so on ur tablet u hav to go to google contacts, add the contacts and they will come in ur whats app? tell me plzz
    i use fun book pro will it work on it?