WhatsApp is the most popular instant messaging app on the market. This is an app that is used on all kinds of devices, even on a computer thanks to its browser version. Users with an iPad also want to be able to use the app, although this is something that raises questions, especially in the absence of a SIM. If you want to use WhatsApp on an iPad without a SIM, we tell you how it is possible.
Since there are many users with this type of tablet who want to download this app on their devices, but they don't know how. Therefore, we tell you how it is possible to use WhatsApp on an iPad without SIM. A good option if you wanted to be able to use this app on more devices today. This is how it will be possible for you.
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WhatsApp app for iPad
As you already know, WhatsApp is an app that can be downloaded on various types of devices. This app has its Android and iOS versions, which therefore allows us to use it on a smartphone. Users with an iPad do not yet have a version of this app for their tablets. At least for now, at the time of writing this article. Since it has been known for a long time that those responsible for the app are working on a version for iPad.
For the moment it follows not knowing exactly when this version is going to be released of the application for iPads. This is something that is expected to happen, but we have to wait for an announcement from WhatsApp. Indications have already been seen in some beta versions of the app and it would not be strange if it arrives at some point this year, but exact dates are not known at the moment. This means that this application cannot be downloaded on iPads, as it is on an Android phone or an iPhone. So you have to look for alternatives to the app.
In the network we find unofficial versions of WhatsApp, which can also be downloaded on a SIM-free iPad. In this way, users will be able to send messages to other people from their tablet, as if it were the official app. On paper it may be an option of interest to many users, since this way they will be able to use the app on their iPad, but this has its risks. Since they are unofficial versions, we do not know if they are safe or not, so this is already a clear risk to take into account. Also, if it is detected that we are using an unofficial version, the app could block our account.
How to use WhatsApp on an iPad without a SIM
This process does not involve so much installing WhatsApp on an iPad without a SIM, but it is a way to be able to use the well-known instant messaging app on these devices. Until the official version of the app is released, for what we are still waiting for, this method must be used on iPads. It is a method in which we are going to make use of WhatsApp Web, the browser version of the app. This is the way in which it will be possible for us to use it.
So we are going to depend on the browser that we have on the iPad. The good news is that this web version of the app is compatible with all browsers. Whether we use Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox or others, we will be able to access it at all times. Of course, we will have to already have an app account on a device, such as an iPhone or Android phone, since the use of this version is an extension of the account that currently exists.
Link the accounts
WhatsApp Web is an extension of the mobile version of WhatsApp. This version allows us to access our account in the browser, so that we will see the conversations that we have open, as well as being able to start new ones. Also, with the app's new multi-device mode, this version is no longer completely dependent on the mobile version. In other words, until now, if we wanted to use WhatsApp Web, we had to make sure that the mobile had an Internet connection while we were using it, otherwise it was impossible to use it.
Fortunately, the app has a new multi-device mode, which ends this dependency. This means that we will only have to link the account once, but that we can then access WhatsApp Web whenever we want, also on an iPad without a SIM. It will be possible to enter this version even if the phone does not have an Internet connection, it will not even be necessary for that phone to be with us. So this version is now somewhat more independent and so you can make better use of it. First of all we will have to link the two versions of the app, something very simple, we just have to follow these steps:
- Open WhatsApp Web in the browser on the iPad, you can go directly to web.whatsapp.com
- A QR code is displayed on the screen that needs to be scanned.
- Open WhatsApp on your phone and tap on the three vertical dots. Then go to WhatsApp Web (in the new versions it is called Linked Devices).
- Scan that QR code that appears on the iPad screen with your phone.
- Wait for the account linking to take place (it may take a few seconds to load).
With these steps we have already linked the two accounts. You will be able to start using WhatsApp on your iPad without SIM in this way, sending messages in your chats, using practically the same functions that we have in its version for phones. From messages, emojis, GIFs, files and more. So the use will not present too many problems in this regard.
Functions in WhatsApp Web
WhatsApp Web is a version that has been improving over time. One of its great novelties is that this dependency on the mobile is over thanks to the new support for various devices of the app, which will allow a much better use of it, also on an iPad. Although it gives us many functions, it will not be the same as using WhatsApp's own application, since we will have some limitations.
For example, calls and video calls are not supported of the app on WhatsApp Web. This is one of the main features that we do not have available in this version, which is a clear problem or limitation for many users. So you can only send text messages in it. Fortunately, it is possible to send audio messages, as is the case in its original app. At the bottom of the window we will see that there is a microphone icon, on which we can click to record the audio message that we want to send.
The normal thing is that when we are going to use WhatsApp Web, if we want to send audio messages, we are asked to give access to the microphone to the browser that we are using on the iPad, so that we can then record that message that we are going to send in our chat. It is not something that is going to be a problem, but it is good to know, in case you find that it does not let you record a message the first time, it is because that permission is needed in the browser (be it Safari, Google Chrome or another) .
iPad home screen shortcut
We have already been able to use WhatsApp on an iPad without a SIM, thanks to the use of the web version of the application. If you are going to use it regularly on your iPad, it may be of interest to you to have direct access to it, since that way you will not have to open the browser every time you want to enter it. This is something that can be done very easily on iPads, so it may be worth it for many.
Once you have logged in to WhatsApp Web, click on the share button in Safari (since most of you probably use this browser on this tablet). When this option is used in the browser, a menu with various options appears on the screen. One of the options we can use is Add to home screen, Which is exactly what we need in this case. We then select this option to create that shortcut on the iPad screen.
This direct access to WhatsApp Web is then created, which we can then use on our iPad without SIM. It is a quick way to have access to the messaging app at all times. This way we can send messages to our contacts in a simple way without any problem. Until the iPad app itself is released, which we're still waiting for, we can use this method if we want to use the well-known messaging app on an Apple tablet. We hope that in a few months more will be known about the launch of this app for the iPad.