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How to Install WhatsApp on an Android Phone without Google Play

Posted on 2016-02-26 14:52:40 by Marica Panunzio - 0 Comments

WhatsApp it's a great app that has made communication simpler especially for those who are always on the move. It is the perfect instant messaging tool for Android, Windows phone  and Apple iPhone users, because, with it, you can forget about paying for text messages ever again.

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Can everybody install WhatsApp from Play Store?

As you know, the best way to download WhatsApp Messenger on your Android devices is through Google Play, the Google Android app store, which comes pre-installed on almost all Android devices. This store is of course an excellent resource and it gives Android users access to millions of apps.

Anyway not all Android mobile phones have access to it, a lot of cheep devices have not this app pre-installed and many other devices have access to the store but with restriction, because the device brand is pretty unknown and many application you want to download from Google Play to that device are wrongly considered incompatible.

I'm sure you think that WhatsApp app is an essential instant messaging application that everyone want to use. But what if you can't install it? What if your device has access to Play Store but it is erroneously considered incompatible with the app? I know it just does not make sense, but it can happen that you can't get that particular app on your device even if the device would be in fact compatible. 

Anyway, no fear! If you are in this unlucky case, continue reading because there is a good chance that you can get whatsapp on your phone  and use it to send and receive free text messages.

An alternative way to install WhatsApp

Luckily there’s a way to work around this problem. So, If you have one those phones that do not work with Google Play, keep reading and I will show you how to install WhatsApp. Following the same procedure you will be able to install other important apps that cannot be downloaded by using the official Android Store.

First Ste - Downloading the WhatsApp  APK file

Please make sure you're careful when you download whatsapp or any other app outside of the official Play Store. The download and installation should be done only from reliable sources. One of the website that you can use to download the APK file is a free Android App Store called TorrApk. It is a reliable alternative to the official one and it distributes a lot of free apps by supplying their .apk files.

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To get WhatsApp Messenger from TorrApk:

  1. Visit the WhatsApp App page on your phone

  2. Scroll to the “Download APK” section and click the button

  3. In the new webpage that you redirected to, scroll down and click “APK download" button to start the download

Second Step - Enable "Unknown sources."

On your phone, press menu and navigate to Settings->Security, make sure the "Unknown sources" voice is allowed. If not, enable it. 

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The "Unknown sources" voice is found under “Settings->Applications” in some old Android version.

Last Step - Install

Use a file manager such as Astro or FileExpert, to locate the APK file in your SD card and click on the apk file to start WhatsApp installation. Now you can start the app, and after typing the verification code that you'll receive via txt message you will be able to signing to your WhatsApp account. The process is very easy and you can do it also if you need reinstalling WhatsApp  or to update WhatsApp to the latest version. 

On TorrApk you will find also previous versions of WhatsApp.

The same procedure is applicable if you want to download and install several others application without using Google Play but remember: make sure that you get your APK file from reliable source.

If you want to learn more about how to safely install an apk file you can be interested in reading this article.


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Marica Panunzio
Marica is a lover of arts, design and technology. She loves reading books and she is a blogger for passion. She was born in Italy but she likes to think that the world is her home.
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