How Can You Get WhatsApp on Your iPad without Jailbreaking Your Device
WhatsApp is one of the hottest messaging services for mobile devices nowadays, so it’s no surprise that a lot of people want to get their hands on it. Unfortunately for iPad users, the app is not officially available on their device. On the FAQ page titled “Can, WhatsApp be used on iPods or iPads?”, the WhatsApp team explains that the app is “specifically for smartphones, and therefore is not compatible with iPod and iPad”. They also crush people’s hopes by stating, “We have no plans to do so in the foreseeable future”.
This can be devastating if you own an iPad, but you can find several ways around these rules. One thing you can do is to jailbreak your device so you can install all the apps you want, including WhatsApp. However, jailbreaking can void your warranty and expose your device to malware so, if you don’t want to take the risk, you can take steps to install WhatsApp on your iPad without jailbreaking. We’ve listed some of these alternatives below:
Use WhatsApp Web
WhatsApp Web allows you to use messaging service on a desktop browser. It’s designed to be used on a laptop or desktop computer, but you can take a few steps to use it on your iPad.
Before you can start, make sure that you have a smartphone with WhatsApp installed and that you have an existing account on it. Next, open the Safari browser on your iPad and type web.whatsapp.com on the address bar. The browser will automatically redirect you to the WhatsApp home page; to get to the WhatsApp Web page, you’ll need to tap on the URL, swipe down, and choose the “Load desktop site” option. After the page reloads, you’ll be taken to the WhatsApp Web interface, where a QR code will appear. Scan the QR code using your smartphone. This will connect your two devices and allow you to access your WhatsApp messages and chat groups using your iPad.
Download an Unofficial Version of WhatsApp
Because of the lack of WhatsApp support for iPad, many developers have realized that there’s a huge market for similar applications. This has led to the rise of unofficial WhatsApp apps that mainly run WhatsApp Web on built-in browsers. You can find lots of them in the iPad App Store, although one of your best options is “Messenger+ for WhatsApp”. It runs on WhatsApp Web like other apps but is optimized for the iPad and other touchscreen devices, so you’ll enjoy a smooth, fast interface.
Sideload WhatsPad++ to Your iPad
WhatsPad++ is a modified version of WhatsApp that’s specially designed for the iPad. To install it in your device, you’ll need to download the WhatsPad++ IPA as well as Cydia Impactor on your PC or Mac. Once you’ve downloaded the files, connect your iPad to your computer using a USB cable. Open Cydia Impactor, drag and drop the WhatsPad++ IPA into it, then input your Apple ID when prompted. WhatsPad++ should then start installing in your device; once it’s installed, go to Device Management in your device’s Settings, tap on the “Trust” button, then start using WhatsPad.
These are some of the ways to use WhatsApp on your iPad without jailbreaking it. Since you’re not using an official version of the app, you might run into some issues, such as experiencing frequent app crashes or not receiving notifications for new messages.