How to Install WhatsApp on Your iPad/iPod Touch Without Jailbreaking

Whatsapp Messenger is one of the most popular cross-platform instant messengers, mainly because of its seamless integration with iOS, Android and other devices. With that being said, one annoying feature of the app is the inability to install Whatsapp on iPad or iPod Touch. When you try to install, it will return a ugly error.

If your device is jailbroken, you can easily use various third-party app installers available in Cydia to install Whatsapp and keep up with your friends and family. But there’s also a way for non-jailbroken users to get Whatsapp, and it’s fairly simple.

For this, you simply need access to a PC/Mac and temporarily, to an iPhone with a new SIM that hasn’t been ever registered with WhatsApp.

The first step you need to take is to locate and get the WhatsApp .ipa file. To do this, simply open up iTunes and follow the steps below:

1. Click on the “iTunes Store” button in the top-right corner.

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2. In the search bar, enter “WhatsApp” and press Enter.

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3. Download the WhatsApp Messenger in the iPhone Apps section. Click on “Free” and enter your Apple ID and password when prompted.

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5. Once the app downloads, open up the Apps section in your iTunes library.

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6. Locate the WhatsApp app, right-click it, and select “Show In Explorer” for Windows, and “Show In Finder” for Macs.

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Alternatively, you can navigate to the following locations on your Windows and Mac computers:

For Windows:

On your Mac:

Here, you’ll find the WhatsApp app named “WhatsApp.ipa”. Copy it to your desktop for easy access later.

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You’ll now need a third-party iOS file browser on your Mac/PC to access your iPad. There are many file browsers available, but we’ll be using iFunBox for this guide. It’s free and does what it’s supposed to do. Other available file browsers include DiskAid and iExplorer.

Connect your iPad to your Mac/PC and fire up iFunbox. Click on “Install app,” navigate to the desktop and select the “Whatsapp.ipa” file.

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Click on it, and the app will install on your iPad. Once done, unplug your iPad from your computer. The WhatsApp icon should appear on your home screen. You’ll also notice that when you click on the icon on your iPad/iPod Touch, it won’t work. That’s because we need to perform a few other steps, detailed below.

The next step requires you to have access to an iPhone. Install Whatsapp on your iPhone as you would usually do, by downloading and installing it from the App Store.

Note: You need to make sure the number you register with has never been used with WhatsApp before. For this, you can simply insert a new SIM card in your iPhone. Register with the new phone number, and make sure that WhatsApp sends you a confirmation code. Without this, WhatsApp will not work on your iPad. If you already have WhatsApp on your iPhone, re-install it before adding the new number.

Once downloaded, open the app and then register a phone number – make sure this is the one you wish to use with WhatsApp on your iPad/iPod Touch. You’ll have to confirm this using a code sent to the number you give.

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Once set up, connect your iPhone to your Mac and open up iFunBox. In the iPhone section, click on “User Applications:”

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Here, click on the WhatsApp logo, which will open up a window containing a few different files.

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The ones you need are the “Library” and “Documents” folders, as these contain the registration data for WhatsApp. Copy these to your desktop by selecting the folders and clicking “Copy To Mac” from the Menu Bar.

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Now, simply unplug your iPhone and connect your iPad/iPod Touch to your Mac/PC. In your iPad/iPod Touch’s section, click on “User Applications” and click on the WhatsApp icon.

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Here, simply replace the Library and Documents folders with the ones we copied from the iPhone earlier, thus copying the registration data over to the iPad. Do this by selecting “Copy From Mac” from the menu bar and selecting the folders from your Desktop.

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And that’s it, you should now have WhatsApp running on your iPad/iPod Touch. If the app repeatedly says, “The device is not supported,” try restarting your device.

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Make sure you followed the steps above carefully, and if you still have any other issues with the install, make sure to let us know in the comments below.

79 comments

  1. I dislike everything Apple and ditched Whatsapp for Telegram but this is a great trick, hahahehe. :D

    Love this website best Techsite of all.

  2. Thanks Shujaa Imran for article. But i have a question:

    Step [Install WhatsApp On Your iPhone], I need to confirm the code in my iPhone or I enter the code when I open WhatsApp in my iPad?

    • Nope, only iPhone. You can borrow an iPhone from a friend or family member any then follow the steps above, if possible.

  3. Same problem. I have not iphone . I have note 3 do your think its documents and lib. Folder will work ?

    • Nope, only iPhone. You can borrow an iPhone from a friend or family member any then follow the steps above, if possible. A Galaxy Note 3 will unfortunately not work for this method.

  4. I broke my iPhone, the sensitivity of the screen is terrible now and I can’t do anything with it except to answer calls. I want to install whatsapp on my iPad but I can’t download the said app on my iPhone cuz of the screen. Is there any other way I can download whatsapp on my iPad without having to download the software on my phone too?

    • Technically, yes, you can install Whatsapp on your device without using your iPhone if you have iCloud Sync downloaded. By simply downloading the app on another device, it should automatically download and sync on your iPhone.

      But still, you’ll first have to follow the set up steps on your iPhone, which will require you using the iPhone screen.

  5. I had tried all the steps again and again but still it is not being install to my ipad mini.
    it is being installed to my ipad but when i tried to open it, it gives me an error like “sorry, your device is currently not supported.”

      • I experiance the same problems and i did use a new sim thats never been used with whatsapp before, what did i do wrong?

        • I did followed the same steps and installed whatsapp in my Ipod touch 1 year ago.. it worked well but suddenly a week ago i got a message like
          “sorry, your device is currently not supported.” So, again i uninstalled it and tried the same steps but im still getting the same error message..
          Is there any solution for this ??

  6. hey do i delete the whatsapp in the iphone after i am done? because my friend will definitely want her whatsapp back

    • Yes, once your Whatsapp is up and running on your iPad, you can delete it from the iPhone. Your friend can then re-download the app and set it up with her previous number.

  7. Hi there,
    I tried the same steps but I’m getting an error message ” “The device is not supported,””
    in my iPad. I recently upgraded my iPad to iOS 8
    Any suggestions

    Thanks much

  8. will this work for ios8 because it doesn’t seem to be going through for me. it brings up the screen to input my apple id info and then closes.

    • Currently, we have no idea whether this method works with iOS 8 or not. Be sure to let us know if it does for you. Sorry.

  9. Hello, thanks for this article, this should have help me because I have tried once and succeed. However, since I have updated my iPad to iOS 8. It doesn’t work. Error. Can you confirm it that iOS 8 also can undergo these steps? Thanks alot.

    • Currently, we have no idea whether this method works with iOS 8 or not. Be sure to let us know if it does for you. Sorry.

  10. Hi friends,

    Whatsapp was working in my ipad air before upgrading to ios8. i used one of my friends iPhone to install this. if i downgrade to ios 7, still can i use old documents,library files and whatsapp setup (WhatsApp 2.11.8 1.ipa) to activate whatsapp? because now i am unable to get again iPhone. Thank you so much.

    • I don’t think that’ll work, as you’ll need to reactivate Whatsapp, which can only be done with the other iPhone.

  11. I just tried it but i dont think it works with ios8. i recently upgraded to it but doesnt seem to work. it used to work on the previous software that is 7.1.2. But now no more. Please look into the problem

  12. If someone managed to make it work on ios ipod touch 5th gen , please reply to me and I would be more than grateful and I will mostly donate some bucks “paypal” for whom helps me make whatsApp work on ios8, TY

  13. Hi,
    i installed whatsapp on my ipad (4th gen, running iOS 7.0.4) using the above method.
    It worked perfectly until today when it randomly reverted to “device not supported”.

    I tried to uninstall and reinstall as above, but no luck.

    i have not updated my iOS because I did not want any issues.

    Any idea how I can install whatsapp so that it works? is it an issue with the current version? I cannot find older versions (I have an iPhone, mac, and ipad).

    I considered jailbreaking the ipad myself, but the steps to jailbreak include restoring any ota settings – which would mean apple automatically upgrades my iOS to 8 on the ipad, which I definitely do not want.

    any ideas?
    (my mom uses the ipad, because the iPhone is too small for her to read her whatsapp messages, and she really relies on it)

    • Umm, what do you mean restoring to OTA settings? You can easily jailbreak your iOS device and use Whatsapp using a tweak in Cydia, which is comparatively quite easier.

  14. After installing the whatsapp on ipad 2 cellular would it be necessary to perform the further steps

  15. Well, Google would be your best chance, but you’ll need a jailbroken device to install an older version of an app

  16. Sir, I am using Ipad Mini WiFi and I forgot the password of my Icloud and i dont know the answer of security questions. Is there any way or trick to change this i.d without going to the Istore

  17. I have just spent 3 hours trying to get whatsapp on my ipad. Followed all the advice but just read here you need a new sim. so depressed as now I dont know if I have to remove all the downloaded apps library documents etc and start again. So angry that we cannot have the simple whatsapp on ipad as well as iphone. Looks like I will have to use an alternative like???? Any suggestions anyone? xxxx

  18. Hi,
    any idea who to get it work on ipod touch 5g with iOS 8.0.2?
    Thanks for your comments.

  19. Hi
    My problem is i installed Whatsapp in ipad mini last month with ios 7 using ur same method , but i updated to ios 8 and from then whatsapp is not working it shows ur device not supported … i tried doing the above method but yet its not working pls help me with any solution .. i have a doubt ” once installed whatsapp in ipad with a number and again you cannot use the same number to install it on the same ipad ?? pls help me buddy
    thanks in advance bro

  20. I have tried it earlier on ios 7 on my ipod touch it worked.But now after upgradation same method is not working it is showing error on ipod touch device not supported after completing all steps.Can any one help?? I have ios 8 on both i phone and ipod touch now.

  21. I have an itouch 4th gen and my friend has an iphone 5 which im gonna borrow. Will it work if the iOS versions are diferent.

  22. Do you have ‘Documents’ and ‘Library’ to
    Send me on email ? (‘Documents’ and ‘Library’ from iPhone )

  23. I did everything and so far it works till the part it asks for my apple ID and password, but when I enter my apple ID and Password the app just closes abruptly, please help.

  24. hello
    first of all thank you for the great work
    second I have been trying to delete the folders you mentioned but there is always couple that wont delete/copy from the folders. its called ( people picker .something something )
    aw I should have mentioned to you that it still says device is not supported
    p.s: I tried it on my on both my ipod and ipad it still didn’t work ; and I have a iPhone but I wohld prefer the app on my ipad
    thank you again

  25. I did all of this only to realise it probably only works on iPads with a sim card and not just wifi! Is there a way for it to work? thanks

  26. Hey there,

    followed all steps, but Whatsapp on my iPod Touch 5G (iOS8) keeps asking for the iTunes password. If I enter it Whatsapp closes without a note.

    Any help?

    Thanks, Jo

  27. I have installed whatsapp on my iPad air but it’s keep saying, Sorry your device is currently not supported.
    Can you please advice on what next to do?.

  28. Hi there,

    I’ve followed all of the steps, but I still can’t get WhatsApp on my ipod touch. Do you know if this works for an ipod touch 4th generation iOS 6.1.6, or does it have to be 7 or higher?

  29. i have an issue …you see i downloaded like you wrote on this web site and when i went to open the app it asks me for apple ID. so i type it in and it closes the app. when i come back to the app the same thing happens again. so i searched all over and was able to get my hands on whats app 2.11.8 and tried that one and still the same problem continues…
    is there any way around this issue?

  30. I did everything and so far it works till the part it asks for my apple ID and password, but when I enter my apple ID and Password the app just closes abruptly, please help

  31. hi author,
    i have got iphone 5s. i wish to install wastapp but the problem is phone does not have bill and apple id n password too missing from past owner.I got in cheap prize so bought it,can you help me out?

  32. i almost tried all da steps of above, just accept using of a new sim card. i tried it with my old no. which i was using for whatsapp before. now, after completing all the processes, it’s asks for my apple id&pass on my ipod, when i try to open the installed whatsapp, after typing my id&pass. it’s just become like a blank page&gets back to the menu. so, what’s wrong with this, any help plz..????

  33. I have installed whatsapp in my iPod 5g touch bt it’s says chart history is missing I have to recorvey or re install whatsapp

  34. I did followed the same steps and installed whatsapp in my Ipod touch 1 year ago.. it worked well but suddenly a week ago i got a message like
    “sorry, your device is currently not supported.” So, again i uninstalled it and tried the same steps but im still getting the same error message..
    Is there any solution for this ??

    • i m facing the same problem. please suggest what to do. I noticed that when i copy the “library” folder it has 2 extra file in the downloaded app that is not replacing. only the new file is getting added when i copy the folder

  35. somebody please help me!!!i tried a lot of time the same steps but whtsapp is not working it shows the same message”it is not supported”……i dont know wht to do now……can anyone help me to solve this????

  36. Hey, my iFunBox is updated to the latest version and my iPod Touch 5G is currently running iOS 8.3 and everything ran smoothly up to the point when I was supposed to switch out the iPod WhatsApp files with the iPhone ones, but when I tried to open WhatsApp through iFunBox it said ‘Connection Failed: App Sandbox access is restricted by Apple to ones with ‘iTunes File Sharing’ enabled since iOS 8.3. Jailbreak is required to access the sandbox of this App.’

    Can anyone tell me how to fix this? Please help!

    Heather x

  37. I need library and documents of what’s app of iphone. Can anybody send me that on my email

  38. Connection Failed
    App Sandbox access is restricted by Apple to ones with “iTunes File Sharing” enabled since iOS 8.3.
    Jailbreak is required to open the sandbox of this App.

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