How to Download Whatsapp on Android


How to Download Whatsapp on Android

‍Thinking of switching from iOS to Android? If so, then you’re probably also thinking about switching from Whatsapp to another messaging app, perhaps one that doesn’t have a limit on the number of contacts you can have, or won’t suddenly stop working for no apparent reason. If so, good call! Moving to an Android phone will give you much more freedom and control over how you use your smartphone. And the bonus is that there are loads of great apps available on Google Play which don’t come pre-installed on all new Android phones. 

But if you really must keep using Whatsapp, here’s how to do it on your new Android device. Installing third-party apps can be tricky on a new OS but it needn’t be scary. We’ll take you through the steps step by step and soon you’ll be chatting away with your friends again like nothing has changed.


How to Download Whatsapp on Android

Install Whatsapp on Android: Step 1

First, ensure your phone is running Android. The best version of Android to use for this is Android 5 or Android 6 but as these are later versions, you may need to buy a new smartphone if your existing one doesn’t meet these requirements. If you do need a new phone, then look out for phones that have the Google Assistant built in which you can use like an Amazon Alexa. Next, you’ll need to download the Whatsapp app to your phone. 

You can either download the app directly from the Google Play Store or if you’re using a computer, go to the Whatsapp website, click on the link to download the app and then click ‘Install’. If you’re downloading the app from the Google Play Store, you’ll first need to log into your Google account. Then click on the search icon, type in “Whatsapp” and then click on the Whatsapp icon. Next, click ‘Install’ and you’re done. If you’re downloading the app from the Whatsapp website, click on the ‘Get It’ button, click on ‘Install’ and then follow the instructions.


Install Whatsapp on Android: Step 2

You’ve downloaded the app to your phone, now it’s time to install it. Open the Google Play Store app and then click on the ‘Apps’ tab at the top of the screen. Next, scroll to the ‘Social’ section and then click on the Whatsapp icon. In the next screen, click ‘Install’ and accept the terms and conditions if prompted. Within a few moments, the app will be installed on your phone.


Whatsapp Alternatives for Android

If you want to use an alternative to Whatsapp, there are plenty to choose from. Here are a few of our favorites. - Line - Line is a free messaging app that allows users to send text, images, stickers and even make free calls to other Line users. You can also create groups and add an additional level of fun to your conversations. - Signal - If you want to go old school and keep things super secure, then Signal is the app for you. 

This is a free messaging app which uses end-to-end encryption so that the company has no access to your data whatsoever. - Skype - If you or your friends have Skype accounts, then you can use this app to send text or video messages to each other. You can also make voice or video calls to other Skype users as long as they have a computer or smartphone as well. - Amazon Alexa - Yes, this is an app, so you can download it to your Android device and then use it to send messages to your friends. You can also use it to dial or message people by their name if they have an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot device.


How to Download Whatsapp
How to Download Whatsapp on Android

Whatsapp Tips and Tricks

- You can use emojis and gifs in your WhatsApp conversations. If you hover over some words, you will see the option to send an emoji. If you want to send a gif, click on the paperclip icon and then click on the gif icon. - To send a voice message, click on the paperclip icon and click on the microphone icon. You can use this feature to send quick voice notes to friends. - If you want to send a message to a friend who is not using WhatsApp, then you can use WhatsApp Web to send and receive messages.

 Simply go to the website using your computer or another device and log in using your phone number and the password you chose when you signed up for WhatsApp. - You can delete messages from both ends of a WhatsApp conversation so don’t worry about accidentally deleting something important. Simply go to the conversation, click on the message you want to delete and then click the delete button.



Whatsapp is a popular messaging app but you may want to look for an alternative if you switch from iOS to Android. Luckily, there are plenty of other messaging apps to choose from and you can also download Whatsapp if you want to keep using it on your new device.

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