WhatsApp on Chromebook: this is how you install within 1 minute

Can you whatsapp on Chromebook use? That answer is a resounding yes! You even have two options at your disposal, so it’s entirely up to you how you do that. You can of course get the official Android application from the Google Play Store or use the web version.

WhatsApp on Chromebook

It has been possible for quite some time now to install Android applications on your Chromebook. Your Chromebook naturally runs on Chrome OS, which basically has many similarities with Android OS. Both operating systems are from Google and have grown together considerably.

As a result, it is possible that you can install almost the entire range of apps from the Google Play Store on your Chromebook. That depends on two factors. Of course, the developer must have given permission and your hardware must be strong enough for the app in question.

In the case of WhatsApp, you have nothing to worry about. Chromebooks aren’t known for their high-end hardware, but WhatsApp is just such an app that runs on almost every phone. So that also means you can use WhatsApp on Chromebook regardless of the Chromebook.

Via: Google Play Store

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Install WhatsApp from Google Play Store

So let’s start with installing the app. If you have a bit of a modern Chromebook, then you have access to the Google Play Store. If you already know that store from an Android phone, you now know how to proceed. The stores are identical to each other.

The Google Play Store is at the bottom of the apps in the app shelf. Otherwise, you can search for the app in the app drawer. Open the Google Play Store (that is the arrow that appears in four colors) and search for WhatsApp at the top of the search bar. If all is well, the first search result is the correct one.

After following this step-by-step plan for WhatsApp on Chromebook, you have installed the app and you can start WhatsApping.

Open the Play Store and search for WhatsApp

You can find the WhatsApp app in the Play Store. Can also be reached by clicking on this link

When completed, the install button changes to the ‘open’ button.

You can do this by pressing ‘open’, or by searching for the app between your app overview on the Chromebook.

View Terms of Use

If you want to use WhatsApp on Chromebook, unfortunately you have to agree. Otherwise the service will not work.

Enter ‘personal’ information

In the next screen you will be asked in which country you live and if you want to enter your telephone number. That phone number is needed for verification, so that someone else is not suddenly in your account. So make sure you enter your own number (or a number that you use in combination with WhatsApp).

Enter the verification code

In the next screen, enter the verification code that arrives on your smartphone.

Optionally import a backup from Google Drive

You will now be asked if you want to get a backup from Google Drive. If you have not made a backup, you can skip this step. Otherwise you can indicate that you want to restore the backup. This gives you access to all chats and files that are already stored in the cloud. This only works for Android and not (yet) for iPhone users.

The next window asks you to enter your personal details. Fill that in and you’re ready to use WhatsApp on Chromebook.

If you have removed your files from Google Drive, all chats that you also have on your smartphone will immediately appear on the screen. Meanwhile, all kinds of media that are in Google Drive, such as received photos and videos, are downloaded in the background.

If you have a iPhone Unfortunately, it is not possible to retrieve your old chats via the Android app. At the time of writing, WhatsApp is working on a solution to this problem. And when that fix is ​​here, we’ll provide this article with a much-needed update.

WhatsApp Web also works of course

If you prefer not to install WhatsApp on Chromebook or if the app does not work properly (for whatever reason) or if you have an iPhone, you can use WhatsApp Web. You will then need a smartphone on which the communication service is already installed.

If you’re using an iPhone and want to keep your messages (history), WhatsApp Web is the only option. There is (at the time of writing) no method to synchronize cross-platform (i.e. Android and Chrome OS/iPhone). If you want to keep using the iPhone, WhatsApp Web is the best choice.

WhatsApp Web is often seen as a kind of extension of the default app. The web version constantly syncs with the Android or iOS application. That’s why you need a smartphone that controls traffic, as it were. Incidentally, this is the only option for iPhone users with a Chromebook.

Via: WhatsApp Web

Go to the WhatsApp Web website. On that page you will see a QR code. You can scan the QR code with your smartphone. Open WhatsApp on your smartphone, press Settings and select the WhatsApp Web option. Scan the QR code and the page should refresh itself.

You can now save the page to your favorites so you can get there faster next time. Within the Google Chrome browser you can also drag the link from your favorites (Bookmarks) to the bookmarks bar, so that you always have access to a shortcut to Web, as it were.

There is even a possibility for WhatsApp on Chromebook. You can link the shortcut to the app shelf at the bottom. You can do this by going on the WhatsApp Web page to Settings > More tools and then to Save page as.

  1. A pop-up will now appear.
  2. Give a name to the shortcut.
  3. Check the box if you want to open the page in a new window.
  4. Press the blue button for confirmation
  5. The site will now open in a separate screen, which you can see at the bottom of the icon.
  6. Right-click on that icon and select the Pin option.
  7. Now WhatsApp Web is pinned and the service is always accessible.

Of course, there are many more cool things you can do with the Chrome OS desktop.

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