How to install WhatsApp on Android

To install WhatsApp on Android, you have two options: do it from Malavida or Google Play Store.

How to Install WhatsApp from Malavida

Just below this little guide, you will find a green button. If you tap on it, you will go to the WhatsApp download page. Here, tap the green button again:

WhatsApp page on MalavidaWhatsApp page on Malavida

In the next one, tap the green button again and the download will start:

Downloading WhatsApp from MalavidaDownloading WhatsApp from Malavida

Now, exit the browser and open your favorite file manager (in our case, Google Files). Tap on Downloads to view recently downloaded files:

Download folder in FilesDownload folder in Files

Tap on the APK file to start the installation:

WhatsApp APK in FilesWhatsApp APK in Files

In the next screen, tap on Install:

Manual installation of WhatsAppManual installation of WhatsApp

The installation will start:

WhatsApp installation in progressWhatsApp installation in progress

You will receive a notification when it is installed. Tap on Open to start the app:

WhatsApp installedWhatsApp installed

On the following screen, tap on Agree and continue:

WhatsApp’s home screenWhatsApp’s home screen

In the next screen, we enter our phone number:

Entering our phone numberEntering our phone number

A message will appear on the screen informing us that our number will be verified. Tap on OK:

Confirming the phone numberConfirming the phone number

In the following screen, we will have to introduce a numeric code that will arrive at us by SMS (it is very common for the app to introduce the code for you automatically, without you typing it. It happens if you grant it permission to read messages):

Entering the verification codeEntering the verification code

Coming up next, we will have to grant WhatsApp permissions to access our contacts:

Access to contactsAccess to contacts

Then to our media files:

Access to multimediaAccess to multimedia

Finally, we will have to select a profile picture and enter our name:

Entering our user nameEntering our user name

The app will start:

Starting up WhatsAppStarting up WhatsApp

Before it allows us to start chatting, it will ask us if we want to set up a backup of our messages on Google Drive. We select the option that suits us best and tap on Done:

Configuring the chat backupConfiguring the chat backup

And we will be ready to go.

How to Install WhatsApp from Google Play

To use this second method, open Google Play and tap on the search bar:

Google Play’s front pageGoogle Play’s front page

Type WhatsApp here and tap on the magnifying glass button on your phone's keyboard:

Searching for WhatsApp in Google PlaySearching for WhatsApp in Google Play

On the screen you will arrive to, tap on Install:

WhatsApp page on Google PlayWhatsApp page on Google Play

The app will download and install automatically. When it is done, tap on Open to start it:

WhatsApp installed from Google PlayWhatsApp installed from Google Play

And that is it, now you have WhatsApp installed on your device. Remember that you will have to follow the same method of entering your phone number and code as explained above.

You may find the Google Play method to be the most direct and simple, and while it has some advantages, sometimes, the Google Store does not offer you the latest application updates. Updated packages that are available on trusted servers like ours. If you want to have the latest version of the app on your phone, we recommend you to use our website to get it.