Based on a question asked on My WhatsApp Group for geeks, I’m showing you how to get whatsapp to work on any BB10 device, because the native Whatsapp given on the Blackberry World isn’t goo enough and would soon close.
This post is about how to get whatsapp for BB19 devices, such as Z10, Q10, Q5, Z30, Blackberry Passport, Priv and other phones that are combination of blackberry and android (called Bb10 phones). I have known this trick for a long time, and I thought it was a normal thing. It’s the same method that I use for my sister’s Blackberry Passport and the whatsapp was as cool as as if it were an android device!
It’s a bit of a work around, but it’s fairly straightforward and means you’ll be able to run the Android version of WhatsApp on your BlackBerry. There is the Method one and method two [ps2id id=’Method2′ target=”/]
- 1 Method One:
- 2 Method Two: ‘the simple 5-minutes install method:
Here we show you how to download WhatsApp to your BlackBerry 10 smartphone using the free software Snap. Snap allows you install Android apps to your phone as though they have been downloaded from the Google Play Store. Snap is free, and that’s cool!
But, to download Snap, we’ll first show you how to download Sachesi, a free firmware management tool that stays between Snap and your phone. Snap acts like an app when it’s on your phone, but you have to use this workaround to download it.
Step 1 – Plug your device into your PC or Mac
Plug your BB10 device (Z10, Q10, Z30, Passport, DTEK50 etc) into your PC or Mac. You don’t need to be running any sort of management software, it just needs to be connected.
Step 2 – Open or install Google Chrome
This method can only be done in Google Chrome. Open Chrome, or click here to install it.
Step 3 – Download the Snap file
Now you have to download the Snap .bar file from Snap’s website.
Select which pricing tier you’d like at this point. Even if you go for the free option, you have to enter your name and billing address.
Then tap Get Snap.
Complete all the onscreen prompts until you reach the screen that says Download Now:
The download will complete, but you don’t need to open it. Just drag it from your download folder to your desktop folder.
Step 4 – Download and open Sachesi
Next you must download the free Sachesi firmware onto your PC or Mac. This allows you to move the Snap .bar file onto your BB10 device.
We downloaded Sachesi 2.0.3 for Mac. This is file name with OS X in it. There are options for Windows too:
Click on the file and wait for it to download. Once the download is finished, click it and open it in the file viewer. If it’s a .zip file, make sure to unzip it first.
When Sachesi is open it should look like this:
Step 5 – Install the Snap file onto your device
Here, if you haven’t already, go into your downloads folder and drag the Snap .bar file onto your desktop.
From here, make sure Sachesi is open on the Install tab, then simply click, drag and drop the Snap .bar file into the list.
You’ll see a progress circle as the file loads onto Sachesi – it’s transferring Snap onto your phone. Leave it till it’s at 100%.
Be careful not to do anything else with the Sachesi app – immediately exit the program on your computer. If you’re not a developer, you shouldn’t change anything else.
Step 5 – Download WhatsApp using Snap
This is where you switch to your phone. Unlpug it from the computer and you will see that Snap is now appearing as an app on your phone’s home screen.
Tap it to open, and if you agree to the permissions it asks for, tap OK.
You’ll now have to sign in using your Google account information. If you don’t have one, you’ll need to create one here.
From here, tap on Search in the bottom right corner and type in, and search, for ‘WhatsApp’.
Once selected, tap Download.
When the download is complete, tap Open Installer.
You’ll then be faced with the below screen, with a disclaimer explaining how the app is from a source other than BlackBerry World app store or the also BlackBerry 10-supported Amazon Appstore. If you are happy with the disclaimer, click Install.
At this point, you’ll be prompted to go into app settings:
You must then turn on ‘Allow Apps from Other Sources to be Installed’. Then tap back in the lower left of the screen – then tap Install again. WhatsApp will download now, so accept the permissions the app requires if you are happy to do so.
Once the download is complete, tap Open at the top right of your screen.
The app now opens! Hooray. BB10 will even give you the below prompt if the app displays weirdly, but we didn’t have to change anything.
Step 6 – Setup WhatsApp
You can now set up WhatsApp on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone following the app’s onscreen instructions.
Just before the second methods, see Roms for Infinix phones
Method Two: ‘the simple 5-minutes install method:
I’ll give his method 2 the alias ‘the simple 5 minutes install method’, because it would take you a maximum of 5minutes to get your whatsaoo up and running. This method is safer and you do not need a PC/ Mac. This method is by installing important google aoos on your blackberry 10 phone. Dont rush- follow my lead!
Download the 4 files listed below to your Blackberry device by clicking on the download links. Then install and run the files in the described order. Make sure that you have allowed installation of 3rd party apps in Blackberry settings -> App Manager -> App installation. Read the tips in the FAQ if you encounter any problems during installation process.
Step 1: Install Google Play Services
Install com.google.android.gms. This step is very important – you won’t be able to login if this file is missing.
Step 2: Add a Google system account to your device
Install com.google.android.gsf.login-4.3.3.apk. Run the app and login with your Google credentials. The app will close (minimize) if the step completed successfully (may take a few seconds). You should now be able to see your Google account in Blackberry Settings -> Accounts -> Third Party Accounts.
If you want to use the patched Google Play Services (which is NOT the same as Google Play Store), you need to install com.google.android.gsf.login-4.4.4.apk AFTER you first successfully logged in with Google Login 4.3.3. Keep in mind that Google Login 4.4.4 only works together with Google Play Services.
If you are uncertain what to do, or if you don’t understand the text above, use Google Login 4.3.3 to login.
Step 3: Register your device with Google Play
Install cobalt.blackberry.googleID. Run the app and register your device with Google Play. Close the app after successfull registration.
Step 4: Install Google Play Store
Install com.android.vending. Run and enjoy the Play Store!
All 4 apps MUST remain installed on your device otherwise Google Play store will not work.
That’s it! You will now have access to the Play Store on your BlackBerry phone. You can now download, update, and purchase apps with your phone. Please note that not every app will run on the BlackBerry. But, you can search for whatsapp, download it and install it.
Review the two methods again.