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How to install WhatsApp on an iPad (without jailbreaking)

Lewis Painter | March 14, 2016
Here's how to access your WhatsApp messages on your iPad

Step 3 of 7: Alternatives to WhatsApp Web for the iPad

Admittedly, using WhatsApp Web via Safari on an iPad isn't a great experience because it wasn't designed with the iPad (or Safari for that matter!) in mind. Developers realised there was a gap in the market for a great WhatsApp Web app for the iPad, and we've been seeing apps appear in the iPad App Store ever since. Many of these apps simply load WhatsApp Web via a built-in web browser, and it doesn't provide a great experience - swiping is laggy, and push notifications (if offered) tend not to work properly.

There is one that stands out from the rest, to us at least; 20-year-old medical student Ryan Peggs developed "Messenger+ for WhatsApp", a WhatsApp Web app that has been optimised for touchscreen devices. According to Peggs, Messenger+ for WhatsApp wraps WhatsApp Web in a native app, providing smooth scrolling, keyboard responsive user interfaces (ideal for those of us with keyboard cases) as well as real-time notifications.

He claims that other developers use a method that flies in the face of Apple's guidelines, playing a 'silent song' in the background whenever the app is closed to keep it alive, which will of course cause unwelcomed battery drain and also stops users from being able to use apps that require sound. Messenger+ for WhatsApp uses background continuation and background app refresh to pull messages from the WhatsApp servers, as any good app should.

Step 4 of 7: Find and download the WhatsApp .ipa on your Mac

The methods we describe have helped a lot of people out since we first wrote this tutorial, but it seemed to stop working when iOS 8 launched. A clever chap on another website thinks the issue is with the specific version of WhatsApp - post-iOS 8 versions, such as 2.11.11 (actually posted the day before iOS 8 was released to the public) won't work with the iPad, but if you can get hold of version 2.11.8, that should work ok, even on systems running iOS 8.

One way you can conceivably get hold of this older version of the app is if your system has discarded it when updating: Gee Are recommends searching your Mac's Trash folder for WhatsApp 2.11.8.ipa. (This is likely to work only if you previously downloaded WhatsApp before iOS 8 was released.) You can then install that version, rather than the most recent one - currently 2.11.12 - from the iTunes Store.

If you can't find a pre-iOS 8 version of WhatsApp anywhere online, then we're afraid you're out of luck. If you have, then continue on to the next slide.


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