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How to: Install WhatsApp on your Nexus 7

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By codenamezero, Senior Member on 21st August 2012, 03:32 AM
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METHOD 1
What your need:
  • Your mobile phone
  • Titainium Backup * Root

Steps to install WhatsApp to your Nexus 7:
  1. Use TI Backup to backup WhatsApp on your phone
  2. Copy the 3 backed up files (properties, tar.gz, apk.gz) from your Titainium Backup folder from your phone
  3. Install Titainium Backup on your Nexus 7
  4. Copy over those 3 backup files to your Nexus 7 (into Titainium Backup folder)
  5. Run Titainium Backup and restore WhatsApp (App+Data)
  6. Titainium Backup will first restore the app, and might self open
  7. When WhatsApp opens up just close it
  8. Titainium Backup will resume to restore the data
  9. Now run WhatsApp again, and it will prompt you to follow the initialization procedures
  10. It will fail after you submit your "mobile phone" number and Force Close
  11. Run WhatsApp again, and you are good to go



Edit: Please note that my TitaniumBackup was done on a custom ICS ROM (ParanoidAndroid) from my Samsung Infuse 4G phone. ICS is the closest thing to JB... so perhaps if you back up from Foyo or GB, it might not work. But give it a try.

METHOD 2
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Originally Posted by StrangerWeather

This is my method. Might work with an landline if you don't have a mobile at all, I haven't tried. I have an ordinary mobile (not a smartphone), and I managed to get Whatsapp to work on the N7 using Bluestacks.

Start by following this:

Install Whatsapp apk: http://www.whatsapp.com/android/current/WhatsApp.apk

Install Appguard - details here for the next few steps: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...1&postcount=17

Now if you fail verification for both the SMS and Voice methods like I did, and if you don't have a smartphone, the following is an option.

You need: a pc, a mobile phone for texts (an ordinary mobile phone is fine).

1. Download and install Bluestacks on your PC http://www.bluestacks.com
2. Select "Social" and install Whatsapp on your PC.
3. Input your mobile number. The SMS verification should work this time. Be patient, it can take 10 minutes.
4. Once you have your code go back to your Nexus 7 and input it.

Hope this helps!

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21st August 2012, 03:33 PM |#2  
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and the Nexus Whatsapp will use the same number as my phone?

So... if my phone gets a message, both phone and nexus will get it?
21st August 2012, 03:47 PM |#3  
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and the Nexus Whatsapp will use the same number as my phone?

So... if my phone gets a message, both phone and nexus will get it?

I've tried this before.. apparently it screws up the entire system. Some messages get send over to the phone, some send to N7 and some both! I wouldnt know if any of them didnt get sent over though..

But since this confusion started, i decided to take another number and use whatsapp along with it.. At least both my devices can chat with each other
21st August 2012, 03:51 PM |#4  
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and the Nexus Whatsapp will use the same number as my phone?

So... if my phone gets a message, both phone and nexus will get it?

Yes, it has the same number as your phone. But think of it like this, is not really a "number". WhatsApp treat your "number" like the account name (username).

It will go to your currently active device. I don't have issues with the messages, I used Nexus 7, all the messages went to my Nexus 7. If i start using my phone, messages will go to my phone. However, it MIGHT cause confusion if BOTH of your devices are active.
21st August 2012, 04:24 PM |#5  
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I've tried this before.. apparently it screws up the entire system. Some messages get send over to the phone, some send to N7 and some both! I wouldnt know if any of them didnt get sent over though..

But since this confusion started, i decided to take another number and use whatsapp along with it.. At least both my devices can chat with each other







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Yes, it has the same number as your phone. But think of it like this, is not really a "number". WhatsApp treat your "number" like the account name (username).

It will go to your currently active device. I don't have issues with the messages, I used Nexus 7, all the messages went to my Nexus 7. If i start using my phone, messages will go to my phone. However, it MIGHT cause confusion if BOTH of your devices are active.

I've had this issue when i did it last year on my touchpad and desire hd...messages in conversation go to one device or the other and aren't synced

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21st August 2012, 04:44 PM |#6  
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and the Nexus Whatsapp will use the same number as my phone?

So... if my phone gets a message, both phone and nexus will get it?

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I've had this issue when i did it last year on my touchpad and desire hd...messages in conversation go to one device or the other and aren't synced

Sent from my HTC EVO 3D X515m using Tapatalk 2

Think of this as Microsoft MSN Messenger... you only receives message towards your active client...
Anyhow, I'm using my mobile phone right now with WhatsApp, zero issue, since it is the currently active device.

It doesn't screw up anything, WhatsApp server just delivers to the whatever active device, and there is no sync just like MSN Messenger...
21st August 2012, 08:43 PM |#7  
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THANKS for this, I was a little disappointed when I can't install Whatsapp at the Play Store.
21st August 2012, 10:11 PM |#8  
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Didn't work for me. Install went fine (restored from TB), but on running, it says that it can't identify my device, and that tablets aren't supported. Thinking that maybe it was my DPI, I changed to 160 and tried again. No dice.
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Didn't work for me. Install went fine (restored from TB), but on running, it says that it can't identify my device, and that tablets aren't supported. Thinking that maybe it was my DPI, I changed to 160 and tried again. No dice.

That's normal, just hit cancel when it says can't identify your device, let TB restore the data as well. Then launch it again, the restored data will trick WhatsApp to bypass the initial device checking. It will "think" your device is supported (because it thinks it was from your mobile phone).

If it failed, just uninstall WhatsApp completely from your Nexus, then do a restore completely from your TB (MUST BE APP+DATA).

PS: My TB backup was done on ICS from ParanoidAndroid ROM for Samsung Infuse 4G, so, MAYBE there could be some conflict if you come from Foyo or GB. ICS is the closest thing to JB.
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21st August 2012, 11:56 PM |#10  
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Thanks for sharing, working beautifully on my 7 now!

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
22nd August 2012, 01:08 AM |#11  
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This trick works also with viber... Thanks OP for sharing!

Edit: I used my Galaxy Nexus running JB for backing up the apps. They both run great without errors or fc's.
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