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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 5 of 7: Download and start up iFunbox

The next step is to connect your iPad (or iPod touch) to your Mac (or PC). We need a program other than iTunes to manage the files on our iPad. The one we're using in this tutorial - iFunbox - is available and is free.

Download the latest version of iFunbox for your platform of choice, and start it up.

Click Install App, navigate to your desktop and click on the WhatsApp .ipa file. It will quickly install, and hey presto, you've got the WhatsApp icon on your iPad screen. But we're not there quite yet - if you click on the icon you'll see that it doesn't work. We'll fix that in the next few steps.

Step 6 of 7: Install WhatsApp on your iPhone

For this bit you need an iPhone. Install WhatsApp on this iPhone in the normal way (it needs to be a fresh install - you may need to delete it and reinstall if you had WhatsApp already), start it up, and then register a phone number - the one you wish to use with WhatsApp on your iPad. You'll have to confirm this using a code sent to the number you give.

Now unplug the iPad, plug the iPhone into the Mac and go back to iFunbox. Click in User Applications under the entry for the iPhone, double-click on the icon for WhatsApp, and then copy the Library and Documents folders in there on to your desktop. This will contain the registration data.

Step 7 of 7: Load the registration data on to the iPad

We're nearly there. Unplug the iPhone, plug the iPad back in, and in iFunbox, click on User Applications under the iPad's entry, and then WhatsApp - as before. We will now replace the Library and Documents folders in here with the ones on the desktop, thereby copying the iPhone's registration data on to the iPad.

That's pretty much it. A few people have found glitches at this point but you should be ok if you've followed the steps carefully. You may need to close WhatsApp on your iPad and start it up again to stop it saying that the device isn't supported.


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