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How to install WhatsApp on an iPad (without jailbreaking)

Lewis Painter | March 14, 2016
Here's how to access your WhatsApp messages on your iPad

Step 1 of 7: How to install WhatsApp on an iPad

WhatsApp Messenger is an incredibly popular app for the iPhone. It lets you send messages to your friends, or to groups of friends, over Wi-Fi or 4G, thereby saving on your phone bill (although you may still end up paying for the data if you go over your limit!). It's a service that's used to communicate worldwide, and WhatsApp has over 900 million active users as of September 2015.

The sad thing is that the app is only available for iPhone - there isn't one for the iPad or the iPod touch.

But don't despair. In this tutorial we show you how to access WhatsApp Messenger on the iPad (or iPod touch) using WhatsApp Web on your iPad. WhatsApp Web connects to the WhatsApp account on your smartphone and forwards the messages on to your iPad, allowing you to send and receive WhatsApp messages, pictures and videos.

We've also added a section devoted to installing WhatsApp on an iPad unofficially (post iOS 8), which contains one possible workaround, but it's far from ideal: it requires you to access a version of the WhatsApp install file that both predates the launch of iOS 8 and is linked to your own personal account: no easy matter. And other than that, we (and the rest of the tech press) have been unable to really crack this issue. Give our methods a try, but prepare yourself for potential disappointment.

Step 2 of 7: WhatsApp Web

If you're looking to access WhatsApp on your iPad via WhatsApp Web, there are two ways to do so - either via Safari, or an unofficial app on the App Store. Here's how to access the service via Safari:

Step 1) Open Safari on your iPad and head to Upon loading the page, you'll notice that it doesn't take you to the WhatsApp Web interface and instead takes you to the WhatsApp home page.

Step 2) Tap on the URL and swipe down to access the 'top drawer' of the favourites menu that appears when typing a web address. You should see an option that says "Load desktop site" - tap it.

Step 3) The page should reload and display the familiar WhatsApp Web interface displaying the QR code to pair with your iPhone. Using your iPhone, head to Settings > WhatsApp Web and scan the QR code to pair the two devices together.

Step 4) Success! The page should reload and display all your recent messages along with any media or voice notes sent to you.

It's worth noting that there are a few limitations when using this workaround. The first limitation is that you can't send voice notes, as the browser isn't officially supported by WhatsApp (although you should still be able to play them). The second limitation is that unlike when the service is used on a Mac or PC, notifications from web browsers aren't supported on iOS and so you won't receive notifications of incoming messages. Apart from that and a few small bugs, the service is pretty easy to use and is a great alternative for most WhatsApp users.


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