ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Use WhatsApp for PC Without Any Emulators

Updated on June 9, 2015
WhatsApp group chat
WhatsApp group chat

Using WhatsApp on Windows PC Without an Emulator

WhatsApp is one of the commonly used cross-platform mobile messaging applications. On it, you can communicate with your friends for free (as long as you have Wi-Fi or a data plan), which is a lot cheaper than using short-messaging. However, WhatsApp only available for mobile devices officially (i.e. Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Symbian smartphones).

The most common way to install WhatsApp on a personal computer is by using Android Emulators such as BlueStacks. However, emulators can be resource-hungry, especially if you're only going to use it for messaging. In this article, learn how to use an open-source instant messenger—it's lightweight and free to download. Currently, the binary builds are available for Windows and Linux (Mac users may need to compile the source themselves).

How to Use WhatsApp on Pidgin

Pidgin, otherwise known as the universal chat client, is an all in one, easy to use and free chat client used by millions of people. It can connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, GoogleTalk, and more chat networks all at once, and their plugins feature extends this possibility further.

WhatsApp on Pidgin: Step-by-Step Installation Instructions:

  1. Download and Install the latest Pidgin or its portable version. I prefer the portable version because I don't need to set up Pidgin all over again when I reinstall my PC or move it to a different PC—just simply copy the whole directory.
  2. Download the latest Pidgin's third-party Plug-ins for WhatsApp (available for Windows 32bit, Linux 32bit, and 64bit).
  3. Put the Win32's DLL or Linux's SO file in the pidgin's plug-ins sub-directory (for example: %APPDATA%\.purple\plugins or ~/.purple/plugins). For the portable version, it's at x:\PidginPortable\App\Pidgin\plugins.
  4. Download the Unicode Emoji (smileys) for Pidgin.
  5. Extract the ZIP content and move the Emoji-for-Pidgin folder to the purple/Pidgin's smileys sub-directory. For the portable version, it's at: x:\PidginPortable\Data\settings\.purple\smileys.
  6. Download the latest version of WART EXE file—this doesn't need to be installed, it's a standalone program. Click the "download zip" or "view raw" to download the file.
  7. Run WART-x.x.x.x.exe and register your cellphone number (make sure your phone can receive SMS in order to receive the verification code). Your optional password can be anything. The verification code SMS might arrive in your cellphone instantly or take a few minutes, so don't close the program yet, otherwise you'll have to wait for hours before you can re-register again.
  8. After registration is verified and completed, you will receive a password (which looks like random letters) and your username which will be your full phone number. Make sure you save this password somewhere, you'll need it to login to WhatsApp, if you lost it you may have to re-register again. The phone number needs to include a country code but it doesn't need to be prefixed using plus (+) sign.
  9. Run Pidgin and Enable the WhatsApp plug-in (optionally, you may also want to enable the built-in History plug-in), and Choose "Emoji for Pidgin for Smiley Theme" from preferences.
  10. Add your new WhatsApp account (optionally, you may also want to set your nickname locally in the "Advanced" tab).

Note: Currently, Pidgin's WhatsApp plug-in is unable to retrieve nicknames automatically, so you'll need to edit each of your contact info and assign a nickname one by one (hopefully nicknames retrieval feature can be added soon). A more complete set of Unicode Emoji can be downloaded, but it could crash Pidgin.

Another alternative for using WhatsApp on Windows is a program called Wassapp, a non-official client for WhatsApp Messenger. This one can retrieve nicknames automatically but it has its own separate issues that you may want to research before you download it.

Pidgin's WhatsApp plugin

WhatsApp Registration
WhatsApp Registration
Add WhatsApp Account
Add WhatsApp Account

Comparisons

Implementation
Pros
Cons
Emulator
Stable, full features (as it uses the official WhatsApp client).
Uses too many resources, a bit difficult to add contacts (unless you synchronize it with your real smartphone).
Pidgin
Easy to use, can be enhanced by additional plug-ins.
Doesn't have many features supported yet.
Wassapp
Easy to use, has more features than Pidgin's WhatsApp plug-in (at the time this review was written).
Has more bugs than Pidgin's WhatsApp plugin(at the time this review was written). Registration always fails, I can see chats in group but my chats sometimes don't get sent to everyone.

Users Poll

Which one you use the most on PC?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      whatsappuser 3 years ago

      when i launch pidginportable and log in with my whatsapp data it says: "(Phone number) logged out. Server closed the connection" Any help?

    • topblog profile image
      Author

      Adam 3 years ago

      Hi, whatsappuser, sorry for the late reply.

      Are you using the same phone number on other device? (ie. your smartphone), because you're not allowed to login using the same phone number on more than one device.

      Also, the plugin may occasionally disconnects (usually when idle for too long) but pidgin will automatically try reconnect it again. However, you'll need to close down the previous whatsapp window (the one that shows disconnected message) and reopen the window to chat again.

    • profile image

      abhilodha 3 years ago

      it works lol...thanks

    • profile image

      Lotsov_Phun 3 years ago

      This Pidgin plugin works just fine for me. The only problem is that after disconnecting from a whatsapp server with my pc my cellphone app asks me to verify my phone number and I have to refresh contact lists every single time on my phone. I guess there is no quick solution to this if there is any?

    • topblog profile image
      Author

      Adam 3 years ago

      Hi Lotsov_Phun,

      Yes, when using the same phone number on 2 different devices Whatsapp will ask you to re-verify the phone number, because each device uses a different password hash to login. In the old days the password hash can be matched by filling the "optional password" with IMEI/MAC address of your smartphone/tablet during registration on PC, but it's no longer works now (whatsapp changed the way they encrypt the password now).

      Although there is still a way to get the password hash used by your smartphone/tablet (to be used for login on PC also) but the method is a bit complex for most people. So it's better to use a different phone number on each device, to prevent whatsapp from asking to re-verify.

    • profile image

      abhilodha 3 years ago

      that's a bit of a problem'

    • profile image

      sugan 3 years ago

      Hi,

      while registering i couldn't found whatsapp option in the protocol.Can u plz help me to create whatsapp account

    • profile image

      sugan 3 years ago

      how to add buddies in whatsapp?

    • topblog profile image
      Author

      Adam 3 years ago

      Hi sugan,

      To add buddies in pidgin, goto Buddies menu - Add Buddy - Select your Whatsapp account.

      Set your buddy's whatsapp phonenumber in "Buddy's username", and set your buddy's nickname in the "(Optional) Alias".

      Phone number includes the country code (and area code if existed) but without the "+" sign prefix.

    • profile image

      sugan 3 years ago

      Hi.

      I can't able to connect to whatsapp,getting error as "unable to connect connection time out" :(

    • topblog profile image
      Author

      Adam 3 years ago

      Hi sugan,

      I don't see any problem connecting to whatsapp through pidgin, may be it's your internet connection.

      Are you using proxy?

    • profile image

      anuj 3 years ago

      is pidgin is free to dowld and how i can dowld it

    • topblog profile image
      Author

      Adam 3 years ago

      Hi anuj,

      Yes it's free, because it's open source (just like how linux is free), all the download links are in the Step-by-step Instruction on top of this page.

    • profile image

      Elio 3 years ago

      hi. when i open wart1.6 and i enter the phone number and choose Voice and click on Request Code, i always get this error message:

      Could not request verification code

      {"status":"fail","reason":"no_routes","retry_after":3600}

      I tried several times yesterday (at 1 hour interval) and today also. I tried also several numbers. why am i getting this message?

    • profile image

      suji 3 years ago

      hi,

      My whatsapp dp and status was not visible to others.what should i do to make it visible to my friends..?

    • topblog profile image
      Author

      Adam 3 years ago

      @Elio, please use the SMS instead of Voice for verification code, i never tried the voice one so i'm not sure whether it works or not.

      @suji, status feature may not be fully implemented yet in the plugin, that's why i always update the plugin by redownloading the plugin whenever there are new release, hoping more features being implemented and bug fixes.

    • profile image

      suji 3 years ago

      okie.Waiting for the updated version.make it soon !!!

    • profile image

      Elio 3 years ago

      hi topblog.

      thanks for your reply. the problem was with phone numbers i am using.

      it finally worked with voice also. but i have another question.

      i installed the Emoji-for-Pidgin in: C:\PidginPortable\Data\settings\.purple\smileys\ and i enablesd it in preferences, but when i am putting emojis in my conversations and send them, it is not showing in my friends' whatsapp in their cellphone. it's just showing as : and ) ( etc.. I also used the default emoji but it still didn't work. Do you know how can i resolve this? thanks

    • profile image

      sugan 3 years ago

      @Elio,

      I am also facing the same problem..then can ur friend's able to c ur whatsapp dp and ur status.?Is it visible for them?

    • profile image

      Elio 3 years ago

      @sugan,

      hi. you are right. my profile picture can not be seen, and for the status, i don't know where can i change it. there's just available, away etc..

      And when i asked my friends if they can see my status they said it is:

      "hey there ! I'm using whatsup"

      I hope topblog can help us :)

    • profile image

      Elio 3 years ago

      @sugan,

      hi. you are right. my profile picture can not be seen, and for the status, i don't know where can i change it. there's just available, away etc..

      And when i asked my friends if they can see my status they said it is:

      "hey there ! I'm using whatsup"

      I hope topblog can help us :)

    • profile image

      sugan 3 years ago

      @Elio,

      Hii..s elio letz wait and see..hope topblog will us..

    • profile image

      kamal 3 years ago

      how i am insert a pic or video on whatsapp........???????

    • profile image

      Shubham 3 years ago

      it doesn't work i am getting an error message 'Lost connection with server (out cb): Bad file descriptor'

    • profile image

      kamal 3 years ago

      how i m insert a video in a group on whatsapp with using of pidgin...........??????????

    • profile image

      Hich 3 years ago

      worked perfectly for me, many thanks sir.

    • profile image

      Prateek Joshi 3 years ago

      I am having 64 bit laptop. Can anyone provide me information for downloading 64 bit whatsapp plugin ?

    • profile image

      syQic 3 years ago

      You can use Wassapp, easy to use and setup, have more features than pidgin's WhatsApp plugin, but have more bugs just like the author said especially the "Registration failure". The solution is, use WART to register instead of Wassapp registration method and use data from WART to login Wassapp.

    • profile image

      Pan 3 years ago

      While adding the account, the option to select whatsapp is not available.

    • profile image

      KAKcm 3 years ago

      Hi, am experiencing a problem Elio experienced before but mine has persisted for days. After entering my phone number and optional password and pressing Request Code, it displays

      ''Could not request verification code

      The underlying connection was closed: could not establish trust relationship for SSL/TLS secure channel.''

      What could the problem really be? Am almost giving up

    • profile image

      WY 3 years ago

      Works perfectly. Even with voice on Google Voice

    • profile image

      Sree 2 years ago

      I'm using Ubuntu 14.04.

      I am a basic user of linux.

      Can you please tell me how to make it from step 3.

    • profile image

      Yogesh Patel 2 years ago

      Done all those steps but error - Provided number doesn't match with any pattern Uzerbistan.

      Also there is no such smiley directory under Pidgin on my Windows 7 32 bit PC.

    • profile image

      George Mathew 2 years ago

      This is my error

      919446031747 disconnected

      Server Closed The Connection

      (the phone number i tried to register whichis not active on any phones now which i had registered a couple of months back)

    • profile image

      Roberto 2 years ago

      Wow, thanks. It works great! Just a note for anyone having problems: I had to create the "plugins" directory in the "purple" directory because it did not yet exist. Once you do this and paste the .dll file you can then add a WhatsApp account under Accounts. Thanks again for the great post. I hate texting with my phone so now I can use the keyboard and type out my texts 1000000000x faster :D

    • profile image

      sujithra 2 years ago

      Done all those steps but error - Provided number doesn't match with any pattern in India

    • profile image

      sujithra 2 years ago

      Error

      could not request code using either sms or voice

      SMS {"status":"fail","reason":"no_routes","retry_after":3600}

      {"status":"fail","reason":"too_recent","retry_after":119}

    • profile image

      massimo 2 years ago

      Hi, I've put last-whatsapp.dll in "\PidginPortable\App\Pidgin\plugins" but I can't see it in the Plugins area (if matter, I don't have a Pidgin account and I've not run WART yet)

    • profile image

      massimo 2 years ago

      solved, you need to create a new account, choosing whatsapp as provider...

      But Smileys and the profile photo don't display correctly

    • profile image

      Tanveer 2 years ago

      ''Could not request verification code

      The underlying connection was closed: could not establish trust relationship for SSL/TLS secure channel.''

    • profile image

      don 2 years ago

      server close the connection .... always show this errror... plz. i want rid from it??

    • profile image

      happy singh 2 years ago

      kuch km nai karta whatsapp????

    • profile image

      76 2 years ago

      i've put the plugin libwhatsapp.dll [18 kbs] in the portable directory as you've posted bfore - and can't find what's app account in "add account" menu;

      where is no plugin whatssapp in plugins also ?

      any solution ?

    • profile image

      jj 2 years ago

      wart is not give code to my mobile no ..and it give same issue that is upper written-SMS {"status":"fail","reason":"no_routes","retry_after":3600}

      {"status":"fail","reason":"too_recent","retry_after":119}.....

      and i use every method.....so give me good trick.....

    • profile image

      Azi 2 years ago

      well this is really complicated it didn't work and i waste my money :(

    • androidfan profile image

      Rajesh Bhuin 2 years ago from India

      I like your tutorial and I would like to try it myself.

    • profile image

      saqib 24 months ago

      the download link of library is not working anymore, last-whatsapp.dll is not found here please check

      http://davidgf.net/nightly/whatsapp-purple/win32/l...

    • profile image

      last free version 23 months ago

      The last free version of the plugin can be downloaded here https://web.archive.org/web/20141104095730/http://...

    • profile image

      Dror 22 months ago

      from where can i download the WART for pc in 64bit?

      thank u

    • profile image

      vgb 22 months ago

      gfhgfh

    • profile image

      latest WART 21 months ago

      The latest version of WART.exe can be downloaded from http://github.com/mgp25/WART

    • profile image

      aslm 19 months ago

      'Could not request verification code

      The underlying connection was closed: could not establish trust relationship for SSL/TLS secure channel.''

      What could the problem really be?

    • profile image

      SSV 16 months ago

      i tried many times & finally lost patience

      can u pplease upload of whole installation bro

    • profile image

      robinson 15 months ago

      how do i download this wassap app i am strugling hey

    Click to Rate This Article