WhatsApp is one of the most popular cross-platform chatting apps nowadays. It is a free to download app a fantastic performer. It makes chatting with your friends or coworkers and is available for both iOS and Android.
However, tablets can’t run the application normally, but there is a way you can go around that restriction. We’ve seen WhatsApp run on rooted Nexus 7 tablets, but rooting a tablet is complicated and voids warranty. We are here to show you how to access WhatsApp on your Nexus 7 tablet without rooting it.
There is one downside to this – The method we are going to show you doesn’t sync WhatsApp between your tablet and other devices.
You are limited to a single WhatsApp account per device.
There are two ways to do this – You can either use a phone you have access to receive a confirmation SMS from the app or download textPlus, which generates a phone number for your device.
Here is what you need to go through with the method:
- A phone that doesn’t already have WhatsApp (it doesn’t have to be Android or iOS)
- The WhatsApp apk file
How To Install And Run WhatsApp On Nexus 7
First of all, you have to allow installations from unknown sources on your Nexus tablet. To do so, go to settings -> security -> unknown sources.
Then you have to download the official apk for WhatsApp from here: https://www.whatsapp.com/android/.
After the apk finishes downloading, locate it, and tap on it to start installing.
Follow the installation steps as prompted on-screen.
After the installation finishes, you have the choice of using textPlus on your Nexus tablet to receive the designated WhatsApp activation code, but that works only if you aren’t already using the app on the same phones.
TextPlus is used to emulate a phone number.
You can install textPlus on your Nexus tablet and input your phone number (which will ulteriorly be reassigned soon after registering).
After you finish installing textPlus, open it and go to Settings -> Contact info and copy your designated textPlus number
Activating WhatsApp On Your Nexus 7
Open WhatsApp. You will be prompted with the default welcome screen. Tap on Agree and continue. You will be prompted with a notice that says, “tablets are currently not supported.” Just ignore it and tap ok.
The app will take you to the setup screen. Pick your country and input your phone number. You can either use your textPlus generated number or your real phone number, depending on what you previously chose.
In some cases, the SMS will fail to send. Don’t panic; just try again or choose the phone call option.
Enjoy The App
That is it; you are all set. You can now enjoy chatting with whoever you want to. You will have to add your contacts since the app won’t sync them by default, but that’s not a big problem.
We hope you managed to follow the steps and install WhatsApp on your Nexus 7 tablet.
The method also works on other tablets, like the Galaxy Tab. The good thing about it is that you can mess around and try it on whatever device you want since it’s entirely risk-free.
You should generally avoid rooting your tablet in case you don’t know what you’re doing since you’re exposing your device to several risks.