How to Install and Use WhatsApp on Windows and Linux PC

WhatsApp is a popular cross-platform messenger app. It lets you exachange messages without having to pay a single penny. In the core it uses your internet plan to send and receive messages. WhatsApp is available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Nokia and Windows Phone. But if you don’t want to use the App on your phone, then here’s how you can install and use WhatsApp on your Windows based PC.

You don’t need to use any Android emulator for running WhatsApp on Windows. Here comes a free and portable program known as ThatsaPC.

  1. Download ThatsaPC. Extract and run thatsapc.exe from this folder.
  2. Now you will be able to see the login screen. Enter your nickname, country code and your mobile number. IMEI number can be obtained by pressing *#06# on your mobile phone and enter that number in this window. Once done, click on “Login.”
  3. login to Whatsapp

  4. This will now open the main window of ThatsaPC program. Click on Contacts -> Add Contact to start adding contacts.
  5. Add contacts

  6. Enter country code, phone number and nickname to add a new contact. Click on “Accept.”
  7. Now double-click on the name from the left bar to start messaging that contact.
  8. chat

One limitation of this app that I’ve come across is that it doesn’t saves any information that we add. So if you start this program again, then you’ll need to add your IMEI, phone number and contacts information again. This may be a bug with the program as it is in alpha stage and I hope the developer solves this issue.

One advantage that you get with this program is that you can receive messages on WhatsApp but the sender won’t get a read receipt. It means you are invisible on WhatsApp.

ThatsaPC is also available for Linux 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Get it from the download link mentioned in step 1.

This is a one of its kind program that lets you use WhatsApp Messenger on Windows and Linux PC. Try it out.