How to download WhatsApp without Play Store

by George Philip
Published: Last Updated on 1 comment

The WhatsApp version for Android can be installed on your mobile phone by other means without using the Google Play Store. it is possible to either install the application manually, through the .apk provided by the platform or use alternative stores. Check out our step-by-step how to download WhatsApp without the Play Store.

How to download WhatsApp without Play Store

There are two ways to download WhatsApp on your Android without using the Google Play Store. The first is by installing the application manually, with the .apk file provided by the platform itself on its website, while the second is using apps from alternative stores, also installed on your device alternatively.

No matter which method you choose, you need to enable apps from external sources to the Play Store on your Android phone. By default, your mobile device does not allow the installation of .apk, but you can release the feature easily.

If your device runs Android up to version 7.0 Nougat, do the following:

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  1. Open the “Settings” app;
  2. Enter the Security settings (varies by manufacturer);
  3. Turn on “Unknown sources”.

If your phone runs Android 8.0 Oreo or later, you need to authorize your browser to do the installation:

  1. Open the “Settings” app and tap “Apps”;
  2. Tap your preferred browser and then “Install unknown apps”;
  3. Turn on the “Allow from this source” key.

Now yes, you can download WhatsApp without the Play Store. Here’s how.

Method 1: with the APK

  1. Open the browser on your Android phone (on Android 8.0 and later, which you’ve authorized to install apps);
  2. Go to whatsapp.com/android and tap the “Download Now” button;
  3. Android will ask for a confirmation, tap “Download”;
  4. At the end of the download, tap “Open”;
  5. If you are running Android 8.0 Oreo or later, the browser will ask if you want to continue, then confirm. In previous versions, the app will be installed directly.

Once that’s done, the WhatsApp app will be installed on your phone, but you won’t be able to update it. To do this, you must always repeat the download of the .apk with each new version or use the following method.

Method 2: with alternative stores

Alternative stores offer apps and games from other regions, which are typically not available in certain countries, but also feature apps to download from outside the Play Store, which is normally available.

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In this example we use APKPure, but you can install other stores.

  1. Open the browser on your Android phone (on Android 8.0 and later, which you’ve authorized to install apps);
  2. Go to apkpure.com and tap the “Download” button on the homepage;
  3. On the next page, tap the “Download” button;
  4. Android will ask for a confirmation, tap “Download”;
  5. At the end of the download, tap “Open”;
  6. If you are running Android 8.0 Oreo or later, the browser will ask if you want to continue, then confirm. In previous versions, the app will be installed directly.

With APKPure installed, it’s time to install WhatsApp:

  1. Open the APKPure app;
  2. In the search bar, type “WhatsApp” and confirm;
  3. Tap the first option displayed, which is the official app (don’t tap the “Install” button);
  4. On the app page, confirm the developer as “WhatsApp LLC” and only then tap “Install”;
  5. The app will be installed normally.

The advantage of installing by APKPure or another alternative store is the fact that it is able to download the official updates from WhatsApp, although it is not able to download them automatically; the user needs to open the app from time to time and check availability, marked as a red dot on the “Plus” button (the three parallel lines).

However, avoid using the option to update all apps, as APKPure is also able to update other apps on your phone, including the ones you downloaded from the Play Store.

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felister mabiria August 17, 2023 - 6:58 am

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