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How to download free WhatsApp for Samsung

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Preliminary operation

Before getting to the heart of this tutorial and explaining, in detail, how to download free whatsapp for samsung, it seems only right to clarify the fact that you need a Google account to carry out the operation in question and that you must have paired the latter with your mobile phone. The download of WhatsApp - which is always and in any case free - takes place through the Play Store, the app store for Android-based devices, to which you must connect using a Google account.



So, if you don't already have a Google account, first create one by following the instructions on what to do that I have provided in my dedicated guide. At this point, if you have not already done so, you need to worry about associating the account created with your Samsung device. To do this, take your mobile phone, unlock it, access the home screen and, subsequently, the drawer (the screen where all the apps are grouped), then press the icon of Settings (Quella with l 'gear).

In the new screen that you now see, tap on the item Cloud and accounts, then on the wording Account e seleziona l'opzione Add account. Pigia, therefore, ongoogle icon and enter your login credentials in the on-screen fields to login.

Afterwards, you will be asked to indicate which data you want to automatically synchronize with Google cloud services (I suggest you leave all the default settings active) and you will be asked to set up a payment method for the purchase of apps and multimedia contents from the Play Store (if you don't want to set one, tap the button Ignore).


Download WhatsApp for free for Samsung

Once you have completed the preliminary steps above, you are ready to take the real action. Below you will find therefore explained how to do for download, install e configuration WhatsApp on your Samsung device.


Download and installation

To be able to download WhatsApp for free on your Samsung terminal, the first fundamental step you need to take is to take your device, unlock it, access the home screen and the drawer (the screen where there are the icons of all the apps) and press the icon of Play Store (Quella with il ▶ symbol ︎ multicolored).

Then, go to the section of the Play Store dedicated to WhatsApp. To reach it, press on the search field located at the top, type "Whatsapp" and select the first suggestion you see appear in the list. Then tap the button Install and (if necessary) on that Accept, to start the app download and installation procedure. Et voila!

Please note: if you can't find the Play Store icon on the screen where all the applications installed on your phone are grouped, fear not: you are not crazy and you have no problems with your eyes! Much more simply it is highly likely that the Play Store is not installed (or that it has been removed later). In that case, you can easily fix it by installing (or reinstalling) it yourself, following the instructions on what to do that I gave you in my guide on how to install Play Store on Android or perform the installation procedure. through the APK package that you find a few lines further down, again in this tutorial.


Configuration

Once the WhatsApp download and installation procedure is complete, you can start the application on your Samsung device and proceed with the configuration of the app, so that you can start serving it. So, first of all, start the famous instant messaging app by tapping the button apri appeared in the relevant section of the Play Store or by pressing on his icon (Quella with the green speech bubble and the telephone handset symbol) which was added to the drawer.


On the WhatsApp screen that you now see, press the button Accetta and continue, tap on the item Continue to allow the app to access your contacts, photos, media and files on your device and select the entry Allow per due volte di row.

At this point, type your mobile number in the field telephone number to allow WhatsApp to send you, via SMS, a code to verify your number. Also make sure that your country is selected in the top menu and that the correct country code is set in the field adjacent to the number entry field. Then tap on the button NEXT and on the voice OK.

Now, type the verification code received via message in the appropriate field and wait for WhatsApp activation. If you have not received any SMS yet, you can tap on the item to receive a new message or to proceed with identification by phone call.

Finally, type the name you want to set up for your account in the field Enter your name, presses on the symbol of photographic macchinetta on the left and select a profile photo from your Samsung gallery and tap the button NEXT. Done!


From now on, you can finally get in touch with your friends who also use WhatsApp. For more details in this regard, I invite you to consult my guide dedicated specifically to how WhatsApp works.

Please note: if you previously used WhatsApp on another Android device and had enabled the backup via Google Drive, during the configuration procedure you will see a screen appear where you will be asked if you want to restore the latter. If you don't want to lose previous chats and media files, please agree to it. For more details, you can consult my specific guide on how to restore WhatsApp backups.


Alternative procedure to download WhatsApp

If the Play Store is not present on your Samsung smartphone or, even if it is available, you cannot use it? Do not despair: you can use WhatsApp by installing it through the relative APK file, that is, via its installation package.

To do this, you must first enable the function that allows you to install apps from unknown sources on the device (i.e. from sources other than the Play Store) in the Android settings. Next, you need to get the WhatsApp installation file via the application website or third party portals and install it "manually". But let's go in order.

First, take your mobile phone, unlock it, access the drawer (the screen where there are all the apps) and tap the icon of Settings (Quella with l 'gear). At this point, press on the wording Safety or on that Screen lock and security and move up ON l'interruttore che trovi accanto alla dicitura Unknown origin o Unknown sources. If you see a warning appear on the screen through which you are asked to confirm that the procedure in question has been carried out, press on the item OK.

If you are using a Samsung device with su installed Android 8.0 or higher, you have to go to the menu instead Settings> Apps and notifications, select the item for browser from which you intend to download the APK package (ex. Chrome), tap on the section Install sconosciute app and carry on ON the switch corresponding to the item Allow from this source.

At this point, access the section of the WhatsApp website dedicated to the Android app and press the button Download now. If you see a warning appear asking you to confirm the download, press on OK. If you are also asked which app you want to use to download the file, select the one for the browser you are using.

As I told you, you can also get the WhatsApp APK package from third party sites. Among the various available on the square, I recommend you APK Mirror. Then, connected to the section of the latter dedicated to WhatsApp and, on the page that is shown to you, locate the most recent version of the app (if you want to avoid bugs, crashes and any other problems, I advise you not to rely on the versions marked with the words beta), then presses the icon of the down arrow present in his correspondence.

Then select the variant of the app you want to download from the section Download that you find by scrolling the page, press the button Download aPK and wait for the download of the installation package to complete.

Afterwards, open the obtained file using the app archive pre-installed on Samsung devices or any other file manager (eg. Files Google), presses the name of the downloaded file and install it by tapping on the buttons Install e end.

Once the installation is complete, you can finally start WhatsApp by tapping on the relative icon (Quella with the green speech bubble and the telephone handset symbol) that has been added to the drawer and proceed with the account configuration, as I indicated in the previous step.

Download WhatsApp on tablet

Possiedi a Samsung tablet and would you like to understand if there is a way to download WhatsApp for free even in this case? Well the answer is yes! Even if WhatsApp is an app designed to work on smartphones and computers (via the Web counterpart and the official client for Windows and macOS, as I explained to you in detail in my guide on how to use WhatsApp on a PC), practice some small tricks the operation in question becomes feasible.

To be precise, if the tablet you own is equipped with the Cellular module (i.e. if it has a special drawer in which to place the SIM), you can download WhatsApp by practically following the same procedure as previously seen for the smartphone side, using, in this case, the number of the SIM inserted in the device.

If, on the other hand, your tablet does not have support for the cellular network, you can proceed to activate WhatsApp using the number of another mobile phone on which the application is not installed and on which you do not intend to install it in the future. WhatsApp, in fact, allows you to use only one mobile device per number, so by installing the application on your tablet you will no longer be able to use it on your phone and vice versa. Take that into account!

And if you necessarily need to use the same WhatsApp account on both mobile and tablet, you can take advantage of some special third-party apps that take advantage of WhatsApp Web and that promise to offer a better mobile user experience (even if they are often full full of advertisements and have some bugs). For further information on this and regarding the practices described above, I invite you to refer to my tutorial dedicated specifically to how to install WhatsApp on tablets.

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