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Please tell me how to install WhatsApp in Ubuntu?

I have heard of WINE. Can you guys please clarify ?

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See this link: eurobytes.nl/tutorials/… hope this might help you –  blade19899 Oct 8 '13 at 11:39
    
Check out this answer : askubuntu.com/questions/279816/… –  Atul Makwana Nov 20 '13 at 13:13
    
possible duplicate of How to use Whatsapp mobile application in Ubuntu? –  unor Dec 8 '13 at 19:38
    
WhatsApp is a little different since it requires a mobile number to run, so although it is related to this one but cannot be considered as a duplicate. As far as this question is concerned, that one is about installing on Ubuntu Touch whereas this one is about installing on Ubuntu (the desktop), so cannot be considered as dupes at this point of time (maybe later after the convergence story comes out to be true) –  Aditya Jan 2 at 14:08
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Whatsapp needs of a phone number to function:

All WhatsApp accounts are tied to mobile phone numbers. Since it is common for phone numbers to be recycled by mobile providers, it is possible that the previous owner of your current phone number used WhatsApp.

What this means, that Whatsapp is tied to phones to work. If you don't use phones you don't get Whatsapp.

Hack your way:

There are efforts to make Whatsapp works with pidgin with the whatsapp-purple plugin.

You should have pidgin-plugin-compatible client to make it work:

Of course you must already have an account with your phone, so, no, you can't have a independent account for your PC (unless you connect a SIM-Card to your computer).

WhatsApp FAQ - Why is my phone number already in WhatsApp?

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@Brairam Where can I find plugins/ directory –  shravan Dec 30 '13 at 16:41
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I have opened .purple but I can't find plugins –  Kitizl Mar 16 at 17:07
    
@Kitizl because you have none installed... –  Braiam Mar 16 at 17:19
    
But I have installed the .so file! –  Kitizl Mar 16 at 17:27
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Before reading this answer please carefully read this answer first by Braiam: http://askubuntu.com/a/333882/7035

With that said, I have done the following and got WhatsApp working on Ubuntu (Desktop). Know that this is for advanced users that have a bit of knowledge about Android, SDKs, Ubuntu and anything else you need to do the steps I will mention here.

You will need to do the following:

  1. Download & Install the Android SDK from http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html

  2. Configure & Start the SDK environment with any version of Android you want (I recommend latest 4.3 or 4.4).

  3. Install the Gapps to get the Google Play Services. After which open Google Play and search/download WhatsApp from there. Run Whatsapp and input the number you ACTUALLY have with you at the moment. A message will be sent to your phone (The one you have right now). Accept the message and from there on, you can use the Whatsapp emulated environment in your Ubuntu system with Whatsapp. This also works for Viber, Telegram and others (Did not make an actual call using viber, only texting and receiving audio/video).

For information regarding the Android SDK in Ubuntu please see the following links:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AndroidSDK

https://developer.android.com/sdk/installing/index.html

Complete Installation Guide for Android SDK on Ubuntu

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/17962661/install-android-sdk-on-ubuntu

This was done to test if this was possible and learn a couple of things I wanted from the Android SDK and yes it is possible but you need to actually own a smartphone with WhatsApp already installed and to have the phone physically with you while you do this.

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Although Whatsapp is an Android app, there are workarounds not named in the link above which allow you to use if IF your Ubuntu PC has a 3G or 4G modem (not talking about WiFi) and a phone number. The linuxicleblog has a step by step explanation, as does Eurobytes.nl and Linux.com has an explanatory video. All three require you to install the Android emulator before installing Whatsapp.

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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  Braiam Mar 16 at 17:32
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Steps for Whatsapp in Ubuntu 14.04:

Step1: Download Genymotion

Step2: Download VirtualBox

Step3: sudo dpkg -i virtualbox-4.3_4.3.12-93733~Ubuntu~raring_amd64.deb; sudo apt-get install -f

Step4: tar -xf genymotion-2.2.0_x64.bin; cd genytmotion; ./genymotion

Step5: Download image, run it and download WhatpsApp in the emulator

Step6: Register with your mobile number, you'll receive a code. Enter it after 5 minutes.

Working proof till step 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHmMDEzsJEY

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