Whatsapp is a widely known app that millions of people use all over the globe. It is excellent for texting, video calling, etc. It has advanced a lot in modern times. With the new version of WhatsApp, video calls and stories are seamless and more engaging, making it the number 1 messenger.
The WhatsApp application is accessible for both Android and iOS devices, but sadly, it’s unavailable on the Amazon App Store, so you have to sideload the APK file using either the downloader app or ES file Explorer. This article will guide readers through the steps involved in installing and using WhatsApp on Firestick.
How Does WhatsApp Function?
With WhatsApp, you can send text, images, and videos and make audio and video calls, all with a good internet connection. Group chats are also made possible with a maximum capacity of up to 256 members per group. It has a dark mode feature which most individuals find cool, and you do not require any username or password as your mobile number is sufficient to create an account.
Basic Features Of The Whatsapp App For Fire Stick
The WhatsApp app for Fire Stick TV comes with some cool features. Some of the basic ones include;
- Chat feature for easy interaction with friends, family, classmates, and many others by texting.
- Free video calling.
- Adding of stories referred to as statuses.
- Group creation with a capacity of about 256 members.
- Dark theme application.
- Recently, it has introduced a payment option that allows you to send and request payments seamlessly.
Ways To Install WhatsApp In Firestick
Even when the WhatsApp application is not available on the Amazon App Store, installing the app is possible using third-party installers. There are two major methods to install WhatsApp on Firestick. They include;
- Making use of the Downloader application.
- Make use of the updated Es file explorer application.
However, before you begin any of the methods above, you have to make sure that you prepare your Firestick by activating the “install apps from unknown sources feature.” To do this, follow the steps below;
Step 1. Navigate to the Configuration option on the Firestick main screen.
Step 2. Select My Fire TV or devices.
Step 3. Select Developer Options in My Fire TV.
Step 4. Select the Apps from unknown sources option from the Developer options menu to activate it.
Step 5. Click on the Activation button when the confirmation popup window comes up.
Installing Whatsapp Using The Downloader App
The updated downloader application is the most decent third-party medium for Firestick. You have to first install the Downloader app for Firestick before you can install WhatsApp on it.
To download the app,
Step 1. Search for the downloader app on the Amazon store or use the search feature from the menu on the top of the home screen of Firestick.
Step 2. Please, you will wait for it to download and follow the instructions on the screen to install the app.
Step 3. Once accomplished, navigate to Settings and select My Fire TV.
Step 4. Click on Developer options.
Step 5. Enable both ADB Debugging and apps from unknown sources if you haven’t.
You are now ready to install WhatsApp on Firestick. To install WhatsApp using the Downloader app, use the following steps.
Step 1. Go to the Downloader application and open, click Allow if a popup window appears, asking for access to required permissions.
Step 2. Navigate to the search bar, put in the WhatsApp download link or path of WhatsApp APK, and click the Go button.
Step 3. The above step will initiate the download of the APK file. The download may take some time, depending on the speed of your internet. Once you complete the download, click the Install on PC button to install the APK file.
Step 4. Click the Open button and run the application when the installation of the APK file is complete.
How To Install WhatsApp In Firestick Using Es file-Explorer
Another excellent source for installing applications on Firestick is the Es file explorer. Just like the Downloader app method, installing Es file explorer for Firestick is necessary for you to carry out this method. Follow the steps below to get the installation done.
Step 1. Navigate to the home screen of Firestick.
Step 2. Using the “search option,” look for the application by typing “Es file explorer” and press the “OK” button.
Step 3. Information about the application information will display on the TV screen.
Step 4. Hit the “Get” button to initiate the downloading process. Once the download is complete, installing takes place automatically.
Step 5. Be patient and let the process complete. Again the duration of the process depends on your internet speed. After installing, you can now begin installing WhatsApp on the Fire TV Stick.
To install WhatsApp on Firestick using the Es file-Explorer, follow the steps below.
Step 1. Launch the Es file-Explorer app in your Firestick.
Step 2. In the second row, click the Downloader icon on the screen-of the-application.
Step 3. Next, looking at the bottom of the screen, select the “+ New” button. It will bring up a box requiring you to enter a name and path.
Step 4. Insert the download link in the path text bar, type WhatsApp in the Name text bar, and select the “Download Now” button to download the APK.
Step 5. Select the “Open Document” button then the “Install on PC” button.
Step 6. Do install the app, select the Install on PC button again.
Step 7. After the installation of the application, start the WhatsApp app by clicking the Open button.
How To Make Video Calls With WhatsApp Firestick
Does your Firestick-connected TV have a built-in camera? Then making video calls with your loved ones and friends is possible with the app on Firestick. Make video calls with WhatsApp on Firestick using the following steps.
Step 1. On your Firestick, launch the WhatsApp app and complete all the configuration processes.
Step 2. You will see four options displayed at the top of the screen. They include a status, calls, chat, and camera. Select the Call option.
Step 3. Next, go to the bottom of the screen and click the Call icon.
Step 4. All the available contacts on your Whatsapp will display on the screen.
Step 5. Click on the video call icon that corresponds to the contact you wish to video call.
Step 6. The person you called will receive your call, and you both can begin conversing. If you wish to add another contact on the same ongoing call, click the contact icon on the top right and repeat step 5.
Step 7. Click on the red phone icon or the End button to stop the video call when you finish speaking.
Without a doubt, the Amazon FireStick is one of the best hardware products Amazon made in-house. With this guide, you can now make video and audio calls on your Firestick with WhatsApp without wasting any cash. You can now take a rest from straining your eyes on the small screen of your smartphone and comfortably use WhatsApp on your Firestick.