How To Install WhatsApp On iPad Without Jailbreak (Update)

Update August 22, 2015: How To Set Up WhatsApp Web On iPad And Mac
Update December 10, 2014: WhatsApp On iPad Without Jailbreak Not Working Anymore
Update: iOS 8: How To Install WhatsApp On iPad Without Jailbreak
Update: How to install WhatsApp on iPad without Jailbreak works also on iOS 7

WhatsApp iconWhatsApp on iPad without jailbreak is easily installed on iOS 6 or iOS 7 (iPod touch included). As you maybe know, it is not possible to install WhatsApp on a iPad or iPod touch via Apple Appstore. One option is to jailbreak your iPad and install WhatsApp via Cydia Store. But I’m not really a jailbreak fan, so I don’t go that way. However, there is a way to install WhatsApp without jailbreak on iPad or iPod touch using the free iFunBox (Windows and Mac versions available). I tried it with DiskAid, but it didn’t worked.

In the following you see a step-by-step guide to install WhatsApp on an iPad. I was succesfull on an iPad 4th generation cellular 64 GB with iOS 6.1.3 installed. However, it should work on a non-cellular iPad or iPad mini as well.

That’s all! WhatsApp should now run on your iPad. But keep in mind that you can’t use Whatsapp parallel both on your iPhone and on your iPad.

Source: miApple.me

Source: miApple.me

 

If you want to use WhatsApp later again on your iPhone, you have to reactivate WhatsApp on your iPhone via SMS.
If you want then use it again on the iPad you have to go through step 3 to 7 and 9 to 12 again.

Here are some FAQs:

  • Can I still sync my iPad with iTunes? You will get a message in iTunes that your computer is no longer authorized to install apps on your iPad. However, you can check the option ‘Sync only checked songs and videos’ in the ‘Summary’ section: songs and Videos will be synced. Updating apps ‘over the air’ via automatic downloads is still possible.
  • If there is an update for WhatsApp, can I update it? Will it still work? You have to delete WhatsApp from your iPad, update WhatsApp on your iPhone and do the workaround describe above again.
  • If there is an iPad software update,  can I update it? Will WhatsApp be removed? You should remove WhatsApp from your iPad, update iOS and then do the workaround describe above again.

Stay tuned! 😉

103 thoughts on “How To Install WhatsApp On iPad Without Jailbreak (Update)”

            1. Hi Daniel,

              It does work on iOS 7 GM (Golden Master). You must have made something wrong. Did you select all files when copying from your Mac? follow the workaround exactly.

              Delete Whatsapp from your iPad and try it again!

              Cheers,
              Gee Are

                1. Hi Daniel,

                  I succeeded with Whatsapp 2.11.4, iPhone 4S and iPad 4th generation WiFi+cellular. Please, check via iFunBox that you copied all Whatsapp files (including subdirecotiies on your iPad, same file sizes and dates). It is important that you first install the native Whatsapp app from your iTunes library on your iPad (up to this step Whatsapp will not work on your iPad) and, after that, copy (meaning overwriting) the original Whatsapp files with the files from your iPhone! Then it will work. Follow the instruction strictly. Before you start delete Whatsapp, from previous attempts, from your iPad.

                  Cheers,
                  Gee Are

                  1. Hi Gee Are,
                    I had followed your instructions carefully and exactly to install Whatsapp 2.11.4 onto an iPad 3 running the official iOs 7. I am very sure I had copied all the back up files onto the iPad Whatsapp folder and had deleted .

                    I was prompted “The registered network had changed, do you want to use another number – YES|NO” I tried both Yes and No but was just prompted “Sorry, your device is not supported” repeatedly even after many attempt. Any work around you know of?

                    Thanks
                    Austin

                    1. Hi Austin,

                      It seems that there are still artifacts of the ‘wrong’ Whatsapp on your iPad. Delete Whatsapp from your iPad. Go to your iPhone, open Whatsapp, check it works, close Whatsapp on your iPhone.

                      Then do the workaround from the very beginning!

                      Cheets,
                      Gee Are

                    2. I copied whatsapp via ifunbox from a Friends iphone ( i have no iPhone) and followed your step by step guide. I cant use it on my iPad with ios7 “your Device is Not Supported yet” but i can read messages to my Friends whatsapp in lock screen on my iPad. What can i do?

                    3. Hi Timo,

                      did you lock in with our own mobile phone number on your friend’s iPhone? If you didn’t, this could be the reason. So login on WhatsApp on your friends iPhone and repeat the entire process.

                      If you did lock in with your own mobile phone number, in the most cases the files were not copied properly or not every file was copied. It is essentiall that all files are copied.

                      Cheers,
                      Gee Are

                2. to activate my phonenumber on my friends phone i put my simcard in, because his whatsapp version was old and dont has this feature with changing number. whatsapp asked: change number? yes! get this awesome sms. yes. enter this awesome code. whohoo! whatsapp works on iPhone. so i repeat the entire process from your instructions and all i get on my ipad is still this message “my device is not supported” and my friends iphone receives my whatsapp messages.

                  1. Hi Timo,

                    That’s a correct behaviour. You cannot have WhatsApp running on two different devices at the same time with the same phone number!

                    You have to repeat the whole process once again.

                    After you copied the files from your friend’s iPhone, log out on Whatsapp on your friend’s iPhone, close WhatsApp on your friends iPhone. Then start to copy the files to your iPad.

                    Cheers,
                    Gee Are

                    1. i copied the data before deactiviating whatsapp on the iPhone. i send a test message to check if the iphone still gets my messages. no message. then i deleted whatsapp from iPad, installing again via ifunbox, then copying the whatsapp data from my folder and it doesn’t matter. can’t get it running. the only change was, that whatsapp was actualizing with a loader bar and then comes this annoying message again. but wow i receive messages in my notifications and in lock screen.

                    2. Hi Timo,

                      If you get notifications from WhatsApp on your iPad, it seems to me that WhatsApp is not installed properly on your iPad. I think you should install WhatsApp again via iTunes (the original one) on your iPad (delete WhatsApp from your iPad before) and then repeat the entire process to copy the iPhone’s WhatApp files to your iPad.

                      Cheers,
                      Gee Are

                    3. you can’t install whatsapp on ipad with iTunes, because its not compatible with iPad 😉 so itunes error message!!! i think this problem is also caused by license problems. i never paid for whatsapp, because i copied the licensed version from my friends iPhone. and i can’t buy this app with my apple id, because it’s still there. and i cant delete whatsapp from my friends iPhone, because he dont want to lost all his messages and pictures and stuff.

                    4. I think you mixed something up. You do not need to delete Whatsapp from your friend’s iPhone, but (!) you must install WhatsApp (from the iTunes Store, but via iTunes from your PC) correctly on your iPad following step 8. in this post! If you do not do this, you will never get WhatsApp running on your iPad!

                      Shortly summarized: Please, follow the above mentioned steps EXACTLY to get WhatsApp running on your iPad! Every single step is necessary! The only difference in your case is that you take your friend’s WhatsApp files with your mobile number. That’s all!

                    5. sorry. i really follow exactly every step you explain to me. if i follow your instructions installing whatsapp via ifunbox in iPad, app will installed. if i try to install whatsapp via itunes (the real one..), i had to push “apply” to make changes take effect then iTunes says, that the app will not be installed because its not compatible. i’m using mac

                    6. There’s one possible solution:
                      Copy the WhatsApp.ipa file from your friend’s computer to your Mac (…itunes media/…/mobile applications). Then it should be possible to install WhatsApp onto your iPad via iTunes.
                      After that copy the WhatsApp files from your friend’s iPhone (with your WhatsApp login) as described via ifunbox to your iPad…

                      I hope it will now work…

                    7. Hi Timo,

                      I’m sorry, I mixed it up! I meant you should copy your friend’s ‘WhatsApp.ipa’ file to your iTunes directory (…/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Mobile Applications/) on your PC and then follow step 8 to install WhatsApp on your iPad via ifunbox. Then take the next steps…

                      Cheers,
                      Gee Are

                    8. something is new but does not works anyway.
                      whatsapp asked for apple id, entered my id > app shuts down. entered id from my friend > whatsapp actualizing and asks for access to my contacts. then comes this lovely message again. You device is not supported!
                      may i should use a iphone without whatsapp, logging in with my apple id, buying this app with my id and then start again?

  1. Pingback: PlexConnect On Windows 8 And OS X 10.8.4: Plex Media Server On Apple TV 2 And 3 Without Jailbreak | miApple.me

  2. I would like to know if it will be possible to copy the jailbroken files from iPad 3 iOS 6.1.2 to jail iPad 3 iOS 7 I was able to install it, but I don’t have the iPhone one and I am still waiting on my friend to bring his iPad so I can try?

    1. If I understood you correctly, you installed Whatsapp on your iPad 3 with iOS 6.1.3 according to the above mentioned ‘how to’ without jailbreaking your iPad. If this work around works on iOS 7, it should work copying the files from the iPad 3 to another iPad in the same way as it doies with an iPhone. Please, let me know if it worked!

      Cheers,
      Gee Are

  3. Pingback: Whatsapp On iPad Without Jailbreak: Running On iOS 7 Beta (2) | miApple.me

  4. can i use a number other than the one on iphone and can keep both iphone whatsapp and iPod whatsapp working at the same time , since they have different numbers?

    1. In principle, it’s possible: But you have to register the second phone number at Whatsapp, meaning you have to put it into your iPhone, register the second phone number (via an SMS you will receive from Whatsapp), then copy the iPhone Whatsapp files to the iPad as described in my post. After that, you put the first SIM card back to your iPhone and the second card into the iPad. Maybe, you have to register the first one again. At the ending it should work. Please, let us know your findings!

      Cheers,
      Gee Are

      1. Ok sorry for the late reply to my previous comment ,but I tried the method I mentioned in the previous comment and it actually works, using the iPhone to register other number than your iPhone and use whatsapp on your iPod , it works perfectly and thanks

    1. Does this mean that you do not see the ‘install app’ button? This could have several reasons: Is your iPad correctly connected to your computer? Is iTunes running? Then close it. If you got an Windows PC: Did you install iFunbox ‘as administrator’? If not, deinstall it and reinstall it ‘as administrator’.
      Maybe there is a much simpler reason: Did you click on the folder name on the left hand side? Click IN the folder on the right hand side, then you should see the ‘install app’ button activated….
      Cheers,
      Gee Are

    1. Hi Nauman,

      if you get this messsage, it’s typical for not having copied ALL Whatsapp files of the Whatsapp directory from the iPhone to the computer or not having copied and overwriten ALL Whatsapp files on the iPad.

      Please, try again.

      Cheers,
      Gee Are

    1. Hi Ivan,

      I don’t know if I understood you correctly. If you haven’t already got Whatsapp on your iPhone, you have to purchase the Whatsapp App on your iPhone via the App Store. Whatsapp was for free in former times, now you have to buy it.

      Cheers,
      Gee Are

  5. And if I don’t have an iPhone? I only have an iPad!
    I’m using it now on a jailbroken iPad, but I have to upgrade to iOS 6 and I don’t want to jailbreak it anymore. The only thing stopping me is that I don’t know if I’ll be able to use Whatsapp!

    1. Hi Jan,

      you need the Whatsapp iPhone files including your Whatsapp account data. I suggest the following: Ask a friend to give you temporarily his iPhone. Put your SIM card in, log in with your iTunes account and sign-in to Whatsapp. Copy the files as described. Maybe now it should work.

      Cheers,
      Gee Are

  6. hello, it didn’t work for me.. I use an Iphone 4S and Ipad mini. i tried it but still it says the device is not supported.. on step 10, I select all folder and Push on “Copy from my Mac” but I have a second window open, do i have to select the folder created on step 4?

  7. Hi..I’m using iPad mini 6.1.3 without jailbroken, and I already install the what’s app but its doesn’t work because device is not suported like the picture u given..I don’t have iPhone.. Please help

    1. Hi Daniel,

      It does work on iOS 7 GM (Golden Master). You must have made something wrong. Did you select all files when copying from your Mac? follow the workaround exactly.

      Delete Whatsapp from your iPad and try it again!

      Cheers,
      Gee Are

  8. Finally it works… I have to use iFun BOX for Windows… but now have my WhatsApp cloned.. how can I change info data or reset whatsapp to put another phone number on it?

    1. Hi Daniel,

      good news that Whatsapp is running on your iPad now! To change the phone number you have to go to Whatsapp on your iPhone. You will receive an SMS with code to activate Whatsapp with a different phone number. Then you have to do the steps described above again: Coping the Whatsapp files of the iPhone to the computer, etc….

      Cheers,
      Gee Are

  9. Hey I’m using iPad 4 iOS 6.1, jailbroken, and I’m using WhatsApp with a Cydia tweak called WhatsPad. So now I really want to update to iOS 7, but I’m afraid I can’t use my WhatsApp anymore. So I found your website that there is actually a way to install WhatsApp without jailbreaking. My problem is I don’t have an iPhone, so my question is can I copy my WhatsApp files now (on iOS 6.1) and then copy them after updating to iOS 7? And I didn’t buy WhatsApp from the App Store, but instead I downloaded a cracked WhatsApp and then installed it. Can I install this cracked ipa after I update to iOS 7 via iFunBox?

    1. Hi John,

      Whatsapp is running on iOS 7, too. Have a lookt at this post:
      https://miapple.me/2013/06/28/whatsapp-on-ipad-without-jailbreak-running-on-ios-7-beta-2/

      It should work as you said: Copy the Whatsapp file from your iPhone to the computer, upgrade to iOS 7 and then install Whatsapp as decribed.

      If it doesn’t work you have the option to downgrade again ( I downgraded for one short time my iPad 4 to iOS 6.1, it works). But follow these steps:
      – backup your iPad 4 running on iOS 6.1 and safe the iOS 6.1 file an a ,safe’ place, so that iTunes cannot delete it.
      – install iOS 7 without using your backup, meaning ‘naked’!
      – install Whatsapp following this post. If it works, you can use your backup.
      – if it doesn’t, you can downgrade to iOS 6.1 again using your backup and the iOS 6.1 file.

      Cheers,
      Gee Are

              1. I followed your steps and I managed to install WhatsApp on iOS7. But after I restored from backup (iOS 6.1), WhatsApp did not work anymore. I tried the steps above but it said that my device was not supported. Any ideas?

                    1. Sorry I have some questions, can I still sync my iPad with iTunes? If there is an update for WhatsApp, can I update it? Will it still work? If there is an iPad software update, can I update it? Will WhatsApp be removed?

    1. Hi Zaid Alvi,

      it seems that your apps are located somewhere else. Search for the file ‘whatsapp.ipa’ on your desktop explorer or any other app names ‘*.ipa’. Then you should find the correct iTunes folder…

      Cheers,
      Gee Are

  10. It works fine in my iPad 4 with iOS7, however I got associated to it another phone number. Now I received notifications of that number but when I open the app I got access to the number that is associated to the iPhone’s Whats app copied.

    1. Hi Daniel,

      go to ‘settings’, ‘account’ and ‘change number’ (if it is your WhatsApp account!). However, I assume that you used a friend’s WhatsApp. If that’s true, you have to log in on an iPhone (without WhatsApp installed) with your iTunes account and buy Whatsapp, log in with your phone number and than copy the files as described above to your iPad.

      Cheers,
      Gee Are

      1. Hello, the two phone numbers are mine.
        One is that I use in other country, that is the one that works only in notification center. With the jailbreak was very simple :S

    1. Please, follow the comments of Timo in this post.

      Shortly spoken:
      – Take a friend’s iPhone
      – If WhatsApp is installed, delete it.
      – Log in the App Store using your Apple ID.
      – Install WhatsApp and buy it via ‘In App Purchase’.
      – Log in WhatsApp with your phone number. You will get an WhatsApp SMS Code on your own cell phone. Take it and activate your phone number in the WhatsApp app.
      – Then follow exactly all steps described in this workaround. At the ending, WhatsApp should run on your iPad.
      – If so, delete WhatsApp from your friend’s iPhone. He should log in the AppStore again and download WhatsApp and log in again. That’s it!

      Cheers,
      Gee Are

    1. Hi Reddy,

      this message is typical if you try to connect WhatsApp twice. This means you need to close WhatsApp on your iPad AND, more important, on your iPhone. Switch run in background off For WhatsApp on your iPhone. The best way is to reboot your iPhone and iPad after that and just open WhatsApp on your iPad…

      If you want to start WhatsApp on your iPhone again, close WhatsApp on your iPad, be sure that run in background is switched off on your iPad, too.

      Cheers,
      Gee Are

    1. Hi Kranshu,

      if you got this message, then the set up of WhatsApp on iPad was not correctly made. Just repeat the entire work around, following EXACTLY all steps described in this post.

      Cheers,
      Gee Are

  11. I have downloaded whatsapp on my iPad 2 but there is an error coming that ‘sorry,your device is currently not supported’ so what should I do with it?? And yes I have installed whatsapp not by using mac or PC ,I have installed it with an app in iPad.

  12. Pingback: WhatsApp On iPad Without Jailbreak Not Working Anymore - miApple.me

  13. Which Files are changed? What are these changes!
    The phone details as well as the sms response must be stored somewhere.
    Has anyone ever tried to find this out?

    1. Hi Harry,

      I heard something that the newer WhatsApp versions are checking the screen resolution / size. If it is higher than iPhone, WhatsApp automatically stops.

      Cheers,
      Gee Are

  14. Pingback: miApple.me's 2nd Anniversary: The Top Ten Posts Of 2013 - miApple.me

  15. Pingback: How To Set Up WhatsApp Web On iPad And Mac - miApple.me

  16. Pingback: iOS: Install WhatsApp On iPad With Messenger Plus For WhatsApp - miapple.me

  17. 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.
    Be sure “Apple File Conduit” is installed from Cydia
    this message is appearing what to do?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *