Enabling WhatsApp for countries that are not supported

WhatsApp is a great application that is useful for instant messaging from iPhone-to-iPhone for FREE. It is akin to the Blackberry Messenger, and is a rival application to the much famed Ping, which picked up a huge following due to the $0 price tag when it first launched. (They have since launched Ping Lite which is still free).

However, WhatsApp seemingly does not support quite a number of countries, but there is a legitimate way around it. Their website quotes in their FAQ:

What countries do you support?

Most of them! We took extra steps during development to make sure WhatsApp works for almost every country in the world and even among contacts in different countries. However, WhatsApp is currently not supported in Malaysia, India, Indonesia, and Thailand

Step-by-step tutorial on getting WhatsApp working

1. Install WhatsApp from the iTunes Store.

2. Before you launch it, go to Settings, then go to the Phone section.

3. Click on My Number.

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4. Key in your number preceded with the + symbol and click Save.

5. Now, launch WhatsApp, and if you haven’t ever launched it before, you will be asked whether or not to allow WhatsApp to send you push notifications. Click OK (or else your functionality will be severely limited. If you previously clicked Don’t Allow, you can go back to Settings to modify it under the Notifications section).

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6. You will be asked to key in your phone number again.

7. Do so, and click Done. And now you’re really done! WhatsApp should be enabled for you. (Do leave me a comment if this worked for you – it helps my head grow bigger).

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26 Comments

  1. Florence - March 4, 2010

    how to install WhatsApp by free?Thanks

  2. Anujan - August 21, 2010

    Hey, so i just downloaded whatsapp and SOME of my whatsapp contacts have appeared. Im certain my friend has whatsapp but it doesnt appear that way under the contacts. I am using a jailbroken iphone using a cracked v2.5.8 of whatsapp. Advise

  3. harsheel - January 28, 2011

    hi…
    when i went to settings and then phone and then my number it dint work..i mean ‘my number’ does not open for me to type in my phone number…what should i do?

  4. harsheel - January 28, 2011

    hi…
    when i went to settings and then phone and then my number it dint work..i mean ‘my number’ does not open for me to type in my phone number…what should i do?

  5. Sidhant96 - January 31, 2011

    Can v chat from I phone to another phone via whats app?

  6. Sidhant96 - January 31, 2011

    Can v chat from I phone to another phone via whats app?

  7. Johnmer - March 11, 2011

    hi
    i’m having trouble, sending a message with whatsapp to a friend of mine in thailand. its sending to server, but server is not sending to my friend. anyone knows how i may arrange this?

  8. Aayush87 - April 5, 2011

    hi,
    i am not able to change my number in the settings menu as you told for enabling whatsapp.

    Please help
    thanks

  9. Princess2062 - April 15, 2011

    my watsapp is not taking my no:(

  10. Sarah - June 4, 2011

    It is supported in Thailand quite while. I always use it. :-)

  11. Sanjay - June 6, 2011

    It is supported in India. Have it on my BB and use it to chat with my friends using I phone,Nokia handsets

  12. Ed_thekingg - June 9, 2011

    It is supported in Malaysia too. I use it.

  13. Imluckyj - August 1, 2011

    hey din work…it says unable to connect

  14. SHREE - November 18, 2011

    hey i have brought Samsung s2 from bangkok n whts app is not suppoting to it….

  15. SHREE - November 18, 2011

    when i went to settings and then phone n ter is no option lyk my number only…what should i do?

  16. Mljvls - January 26, 2012

    Sigh… Ipod Touch doesnt have phone settings ler

  17. Rubbish advice - May 19, 2012

    This is total bullshit advice. Don’t waste your time guys

  18. laila - June 24, 2013

    I have a problem with dowloading whatsapp to my samsung galaxy s3 -it says its not avaliable in my country-im in iraq-

  19. Issah Tahid - November 27, 2016

    HI PLEASE, i use window nokia lumia 610..the whatsapp doesn’t work again i don’t understand …the verification step …

  20. Anandhu - January 28, 2017

    My friend in Greece said she can’t install WhatsApp coz it doesn’t support numbers from Greece .. Is that true ?

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