How to Run WhatsApp on Your Windows Desktop [Ultimate Guide]

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WhatsApp is a quintessential messaging service that conquered the mobile messaging platform. It’s a lightning fast messaging service that supports text, voice, image and video messages. The popularity is phenomenal. This mobile messaging service has no official desktop app like some similar services. But you can use WhatsApp on your Windows desktop using a multi-platform instant messaging client called Pidgin. Pidgin has no inbuilt feature to use WhatsApp. But we can install WhatsApp plugin on Pidgin and smoothly send and receive messages using WhatsApp. It’s awesome anyway.

I am already using WhatsApp on my smartphone. Still I wish to use WhatsApp on my desktop using my another number. The number is active and I am using it on an outdated model phone, simply because it provides longtime battery back up.

Whatever the cause we can learn how to install WhatsApp on a Windows PC. All the steps are detailed with screenshots to make your WhatsApp desktop installation journey a success. Try this ultimate WhatsApp for Windows tutorial.

whatsapp-running-on-pc

Step 1

Download Pidgin and Install it.

Now you need a third party plugin for Pidgin. You can download it from HERE. Just copy the latest “last-whatsapp.dll” file in to Pidgin’s plugin directory on your computer.

plugin whatsapp

Copy and paste the downloaded content to the Pidgin’s plugin folder as below depends the installation folder.

C:\Program Files\Pidgin\Plugins

Step 2

Get the latest version of WART executable file from GITHUB file repo. Here is the download link.

https://github.com/shirioko/WART

You can find the .zip file download. Extract the file and run the [dot]exe file.

Enter you phone number with country code and leave the password field blank and click “Request code”. You will instantly get WhatsApp verification code on your phone via SMS.

whatsapp req

Enter the WhatsApp verification code you just received in the “Confirm code” section. You will get a password as below. Copy it and close the window.

WhatsApp registration on PC

Step 3

Run Pidgin. It will automatically launch user account setup wizard. Else you can access user account set up wizard from Accounts > Manage Accounts > Add.

Pidgin - Add WhatsApp

In the  “Add account” window use WhatsApp as protocol, your phone number with country code, without “zero” or “+” prefix, as user name and password, use the password you created and copied in above step 2. Click “Add”. (The above screenshot is slightly different as I’ve edited the account for putting logo. So you will see “Modify account” instead of “Add account” and “Save” button instead of “Add”)

Step 4

We have now successfully added WhatsApp to Pidgin. If everything goes fine, you will get a blank “Buddy List” as below. Else you will get error messages like;

pidgin Lost connection with server (out cb): Bad file descriptor

server closed the connection

How to resolve the above Pidgin issues while accessing WhatsApp on PC. The first issue arises mainly because you are using the outdated WhatsApp plugin which you downloaded in step 1 above. Check the date of release of plugin and download the latest one.

The second issue, i.e., “server closed the connection” may occur due to wrong username or password used in step 3. Carefully check the username, i.e., your phone number. It should not contain “+” symbol. Your number should be like;

If your are from India “9172xxxxxxxx” or from UAE “971528xxxxxx”. The password you copied may contain preceding or succeeding space characters. Check it properly.

buddy list on WhatsApp

Step 5

We are ready to send WhatsApp messages from PC. You can instantly send message from Buddies>New Instant Message or use shortcut key Ctrl+M. Type the number whom you want to send message on WhatsApp right on your PC! You can insert smileys in chat.

Hope you can now successfully send and receive instant WhatsApp chat messages on your Windows Desktop.

26 COMMENTS

  1. Well, I have done everything as you have told us to do in your article “How to Run WhatsApp on Your Windows Desktop [Ultimate Guide] ” Here I got an empty buddy list. When I click on the buddies, the window pops up where—– New Instant Message, —–Join a Chat—-Get user Info, are not working and are shown as faded lines. Also——Add buddy —–Add Chat—–Add Groups are all faded and not working. There is no buddy list shown. Please help me and tell me now what to do.

  2. Dear Prashanth,

    Thanx for the above information. It was really very easy. I have set up a whatsapp account and using it successfully on my Win-XP. But the problem is that unlike the whatsapp on phone, where when u register on whatsapp, all ur contacts who r on whatsapp already, get ur contact added to their whatsapp account and they also can see ur profile picture on their mobile. But in my case, my contacts are not able to see my profile picture. Is there any way to sort this out.

    Also, is there any way that I can import my phone’s contact list to Pidgin buddy list??

  3. Great , it worked ….
    I lost my phone and now using this technique it works well…
    I need to know that whether the same number can be used via mobile or not

  4. Hi, Firstly thanks for your efforts. I have successfully completed all steps and i am able to send and receive messages via desktop but whatsapp on my phone is not working any more. whatsapp gave me message of only one number can be verified and reverify.
    After taping on reverify it fails to verify via sms and fails to verify via call and keeps giving me 5 min and 1 hours wait time message.

  5. Dear Prashanth,

    A quick question – Would I be able to receive any photos shared by the contacts on the number, as well?
    If no, would you know of anything that can receive these photos directly on the PC?

  6. Hi, I’m having trouble connecting to wattsup, it has been working for the past few months but today it can’t connect to the server, I get the – Server closed the connection – message. I tried to change my password using https://github.com/shirioko/WART again, I tried reinstaling everything again also but it didn’t help.

    any ideas?

    • Check your Whatsapp version setting under Accounts > Whatsapp > Edit > Advanced > Resource.
      Change it to the current version: Android-2.12.49-443

      After that, it worked for me.

      • Hi, I am still getting the same issue. i have changed the android version in advanced tab then too getting server closed the connection. Please help.

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