How To: Install WhatsApp on a Kindle Fire HDX or Other Amazon Kindle

Install WhatsApp on a Kindle Fire HDX or Other Amazon Kindle

Install WhatsApp on a Kindle Fire HDX or Other Amazon Kindle

This past year, Facebook spent $19 billion purchasing the popular messaging app WhatsApp, and for good reason. Mark Zuckerberg isn't going to spend that type of money on just any application. WhatsApp is widely popular and frequently used by more than 500 million users worldwide, which is almost twenty percent of the Earth's population.

Unfortunately, this great app isn't available on your Android tablets. Wait, let me correct myself real quick—this app isn't available for your Android tablet by conventional methods.

I've already shown you how to get it up and running on a Nexus 7, and luckily that method will apply for getting WhatsApp installed and running on your Amazon Kindle Fire HDX, or pretty much any other Android-based tablet.

Step 1: Enable Unknown Sources

WhatsApp will not show up in the Amazon Appstore or Google Play Store, so to get the app, you'll need to enable installation from unknown sources.

Step 2: Download & Install WhatsApp

Now, grab the app directly from the WhatsApp site using this link, then tap the notification or the file from your Downloads folder to install it.

Step 3: Verification & Activation

WhatsApp requires a phone number for activation, so enter your working cell phone number to begin. You will receive an SMS with a verification code, but if that doesn't work, you can always get the code via phone call. Once received, enter it as directed.

Note: you will not be able to use WhatsApp from both your tablet and phone, as only one device can be active at a time.

Alternative methods available include using free services like TextPlus to generate a new number that can then be used for the verification process. I have had some success with this method in the past, but recently, this method did not work for me.

Step 4: Message Your Heart Out

Once verified, simply agree to the terms, wait for the app to initialize, then you're all set and ready to message.

It's a simple process, but don't hesitate to comment below with any issues you may run in to.

6 Comments

My device does not support whatsapp so kindly help me out my device is less u
seful without whatsapp

Was this guide not able to address the issue? Also, what's your device?

Hey i am getting some difficulties see i use amazon kinde fire .. and when i click on download it with amazon app store and when i when i try to download it from there the message comes that Whatsapp is incompatible with your device help me ...

Installed on my Fire HD6 using this tutorial. No problems found, except the fact that when whatsapp sent me the verification code via sms, it was obviously delivered to my phone instead of my Kindle.

Manually copying the verification link into Kindle's browser solved the problem.

Hello, Thanks for your tutorial. I purchased the kindle Fire 5th gen (7inch tab) for my mom. I installed the whatsapp app using a method similar to yours with the only difference being I used the house phone for verification and then had them call me. Whatsapp works fine but every time I try to add a profile picture, It sends me back to settings. I know how to do this since I have whatsapp on my phone and other devices but this fire is not letting me do it for my mom. Please can you help?

First, in my firmware for the Kindle HDX, "installation from unknown sources" was move under "Security," not "Applications."

Second, every attempt to follow download instructions got re-routed to the Amazon Store and failed installation.

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