Here’s How You Can Download WhatsApp on Your Samsung Phone
WhatsApp is one of the biggest and most successful instant messaging platforms around the world, with around 1.2 billion monthly active users — many of which might be your friends and family members. Because of this, you might be interested in downloading the app on your Samsung phone. This way, you’ll get to see what the fuss is all about while having the chance to communicate with your loved ones, no matter what country they’re based.
Requirements for Your Samsung Device
Before downloading WhatsApp, though, it’s important to note that there are some requirements your device needs to meet. For one thing, it should be running on Android 2.3.3 and above since WhatsApp no longer supports older versions as of the start of 2017.
And take note: if your Samsung phone is running on Android 2.3.7 or older, it will no longer be supported by WhatsApp when February 1, 2020, rolls around. So, before this date, you’ll want to update your device and get a newer Samsung phone (or any other Android phone).
You also have to ensure that your Samsung device can receive calls and SMS. This is important since WhatsApp requires you to have an active mobile number to use their service, and they’ll verify that you indeed have an active number by sending you a text message during the verification process. If you don’t receive the message, their automated system will give you a call instead to verify your number.
But what if you have a Wi-Fi only device? Well, we have some bad news: WhatsApp doesn’t support Wi-Fi only devices as of the moment (which is why they point out that they provide only limited support to tablets, many of which rely solely on Wi-Fi). If you really want to use WhatsApp, you’ll need to get a Samsung smartphone that supports calls and SMS and has the newest possible Android OS version you can afford.
Getting WhatsApp for Your Samsung Device
If your Samsung device fits the requirements above, you can download and install WhatsApp by taking these steps:
- Open your phone’s Apps.
- Tap on Google Play Store.
- Type “WhatsApp” on the search bar.
- Choose “WhatsApp Messenger” on the search results.
- On WhatsApp’s main page, tap on the “Install” button.
- Read the list of items that WhatsApp needs to access; if you’re comfortable with allowing WhatsApp to access them, tap on the “Accept” button.
- Wait for the installation process to be completed, then open the app once it’s installed.
WhatsApp will then ask you to create an account before you can use its messaging services. To make an account, you’ll be asked to provide your mobile phone number. Make sure to type in your full international phone number, including your country code.
Just remember: you won’t use up your plan’s call minutes and SMS allocation when using WhatsApp, but you do need a data plan. This way, you can send and receive messages even when you’re not connected to a Wi-Fi network. If you’ll be using WhatsApp on a regular basis, it makes sense to get an unlimited data plan to ensure you won’t go over your data allocation and get hefty charges.