How to use whatsapp on Ubuntu, Debian or Linux Mint

How to use whatsapp on Ubuntu, Debian or Linux Mint

You heard right that you can install WhatsApp on your Ubuntu, Debian or Linux Mint. Which is great because most of the people think that if WhatsApp is to be installed on Computer or Laptop’s then it can be done on Microsoft’s Windows or Apple’s Mac only. But by following 3 steps you can install WhatsApp on your Ubuntu, Debian or Linux Mint Operating System also.


It’s good that you can install WhatsApp on these platforms as these platforms are good and effective for many of the users. Whatsapp is used on many platforms such as Symbian, Android, Windows, ios and you can use it on Ubuntu, Debian and Linux also, just by following these 3 simple steps.

By using Android Debug Bridge (ADB) and Java SDK Packages you can do it on your Ubuntu, Debian or Linux running Operating Systems also. You can do it in 3 steps for running WhatApp on your Compute’s or Laptop’s of Ubuntu, Debian and Linux. So lets get started with this trick on:

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How to use whatsapp on Ubuntu, Debian or Linux Mint

How to use WhatsApp on Ubuntu, Debian or Linux Mint:

Step 1: Setting up Java and Virtual Device:
  • The most important thing is to install Android Emulator on your Computer and for this you Should install Java Softwares which are Java and Oracle. It also requires android Software Development Kit (SDK) which should be minimum of Android 2.3.3 (API 10) in Sdk Manager.

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  • After installing the Android Packages in SDK Manager, you should create a Virtual Device for it.

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Step 2: Download and install WhatsApp and ADB Packages:
  • Now you have to Download WhatsApp on your Computer or Laptop by using this Command lines.
PcName@PcName-desktop:~$ wget http://www.whatsapp.com/android/current/WhatsApp.apk
--2012-09-02 2:06:52-- http://www.whatsapp.com/android/current/WhatsApp.apk
Resolving www.whatsapp.com (www.whatsapp.com)... 184.173.147.38, 192.155.212.203, 192.155.212.202, ...
Connecting to www.whatsapp.com (www.whatsapp.com)|184.173.147.38|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 17736202 (17M) [application/vnd.android.package-archive]
Saving to: ‘WhatsApp.apk’
  • Now you have to install “Android Debug Bridge” – ADB Packages so that you can install or Uninstall .apk files.  So copy these command lines →
PcName@PcName-desktop:~$ sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree 
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
 libxerces2-java libxml-commons-external-java libxml-commons-resolver1.1-java
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
The following NEW packages will be installed:
 android-tools-adb
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
  • Then you have to install your Downloaded WhatsApp by using these command lines.
PcName@PcName-desktop:~/.android/avd/PcName.avd$ adb install WhatsApp.apk
2428 KB/s (17745252 bytes in 7.135s)
 pkg: /data/local/tmp/WhatsApp.apk
Success
Step 3: Here you have to Open and Configure your WhatsApp:

By Following these 3 steps correctly, you can easily install WhatsApp on Ubuntu, Debian or Linux Mint. If it gives you some problems then check your Java Version by these commands.

PcName@PcName-desktop:~$ java -version
java version "1.8.2_20"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_20-b26)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.20-b23, mixed mode)

Also use this command to check whether the package is available in your distribution or not
# dpkg -l | grep android-tools-adb

If its not there then, use the below Repository Commands to add it.

# sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-sdk-team/ppa
# sudo apt-get update
# sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb

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