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.

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  1. Ben
    Reply

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

    • die2mrw007
      Reply

      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.

  2. gray
    Reply

    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”

      • Gray Power
        Reply

        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.

        • Die2mrw007
          Reply

          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

          • 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,,,

    • Gray Power
      Reply

      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.

      • Die2mrw007
        Reply

        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
          Reply

          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

          • 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,,,

  3. Captivate
    Reply

    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?

    • Die2mrw007
      Reply

      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

  4. L.l
    Reply

    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?

  5. gourav
    Reply

    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

  6. ro
    Reply

    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

  7. Subhradeep
    Reply

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

    Any solution??

  8. keutan
    Reply

    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”..

      • Quinteng
        Reply

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

  9. Manzil Cutting Chaiwala Thakka
    Reply

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

  10. Jelle de Jong
    Reply

    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.

    • Die2mrw007
      Reply

      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.

  11. Ivan
    Reply

    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?

  12. messer
    Reply

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

  13. Zeeshan.amjad18
    Reply

    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”

  14. Gray Power
    Reply

    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*

  15. as i am
    Reply

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

      • asim
        Reply

        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.

  16. s.s
    Reply

    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.

  17. Lord Epoy
    Reply

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

  18. sharanya
    Reply

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

  19. Abhishek
    Reply

    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

  20. Boudin
    Reply

    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 ?

  21. boudin
    Reply

    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 ?

  22. mo
    Reply

    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.

  23. Abhilash
    Reply

    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.

  24. PINKY1234
    Reply

    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

  25. Tate
    Reply

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

  26. ira
    Reply

    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

  27. esth09
    Reply

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

  28. Grace Blackwell
    Reply

    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!

  29. suad
    Reply

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

  30. jyoti bhadauria
    Reply

    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
      Reply

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

  31. Huzefa
    Reply

    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?

  32. nidss
    Reply

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

  33. viral karia
    Reply

    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?

    • ani
      Reply

      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.

  34. BB
    Reply

    When i tap ” Agree and continue”, Alert popping out ” A cellular network is required to activate Whatsapp Messenger”
    Can any body comment on how to proceed

  35. Tracy
    Reply

    Thank you !! Followed your very clear instructions , and unblocked the option to allow apps from unknown sources. Works great on my Acer A1.

  36. joe
    Reply

    You can only install on one device:put it on my Samsung note 10.1 will not work on my Samsung s4 ??

  37. Ashiq
    Reply

    I have got motorolla Xoom (wifi only and unrooted).. n aftr i install it says.. doesnt support tablets.. wat will i do nw.?

  38. hannah
    Reply

    Hi I have just downloaded it to tablet and all worked fine but noticed it messed up whatsapp on my phone. It says I can only have 1 whatsapp working on 1 phone number, so basically I can only use it on tablet or phone not both. Has anyone else had this problem?

  39. Anonymous
    Reply

    I tried this and I get an error message from WhatsApp that the +1-xxx-yyy-zzzz number is not a valid United States number. The TextPlus number itself is working fine, but looks like WhatsApp is filtering TextPlus numbers.

    • banana
      Reply

      Same problem for me, I have a Sony Xperia Z tablet though.
      I’ve had Whatsapp on my tablet once and it worked all fine, but then I removed. Now i want to install again but i have this problem all the time and i dont know what to do.. :/

  40. ak
    Reply

    A few days back I was able to use whatsapp (I got it using shareit) but as I updated it what I got was whatsapp has a problemand it needs to be installed again.I own hcl me u1 and it shows that it’s having an error try to uninstall it and reinstall it from Google play. I have tried this many times but it shows the same error. And I have used allwinner mod but it doesnt work.

  41. Lalitha
    Reply

    I used to have whatsapp in my old phone but I couldn’t install it again in my new phone. it was working fine in my old phone yesterday, but now it shows that I need to install a new version which I couldn’t fined. please help. I alway use whatsapp as my primary chat app

  42. yusuf
    Reply

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

  43. panda
    Reply

    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?

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