Many people want to get Whatsapp on their phone because it allows them to message people without worrying about going over the text message limit they are given by their cellular provider.
Getting this application installed on your phone is very easy if you have an LG phone- the GT540 and L20 are both capable of running Whatsapp (n.b. for the Lg km900, Lg km555, Lg kp500, Lg ks360 and the Lg ku990 models please read at the end of this post). The installation process on the L20 and GT540 is very similar on both of these phones: you simply need to make sure that you have access to the Android application market.
The market is something that comes preinstalled on your phone and you will it need to upgrade your phone on a regular basis. The market is indicated by a small white briefcase shaped icon that has a multi-colored play button in the middle of it. It will also say “Play Store” underneath it. This is the icon you want to click to open up the app market.
Once you have opened the market, you will see that there are many different categories to choose from. Games, music, movies and TV, newsstand, books and applications can be found right when you open the market. Because Whatsapp is considered an application, you will click on the button called Apps.
There, you will see a list of common applications that people download and recommendations for you. You will also see updates that your applications need to go through in order to function normally, so make sure that you update your applications when necessary. At the top right of this screen you will see a small icon that looks like a magnifying glass- click it.
Once you press the button, you will see a text menu pop open. Simply type in Whatsapp and click on it. It will automatically show up as well- once you start typing in the name of the application, the play store will detect what you are looking for and make the most reasonable suggestion. Whatsapp will show up as “WhatsApp Messenger” with a green icon that has a phone in the center of it.
Downloading the application is easy, simply click it and press install. You will agree to the terms of service and the application will be installed on your phone. The terms of service are just the basic agreements that you will need to accept when you download anything from the Android market. LG phones are great because they will automatically create a shortcut for the newest application you have downloaded.
Once the application has completely installed, simply press your home key and find the new shortcut. Click on the Whatsapp shortcut icon and it will start running the app. You can set up a new account with Whatsapp right through the application, or log into an account that you have been using.
Pay attention to the update notifications in your status bar so you never miss any of the updates for Whatsapp. This application has over 500 million downloads so you can be sure that there are updates quite often. These updates are what keep the application user friendly and bug free.
N.B. If you have an older model, like the Lg km555, lg km900, lg kp500, lg ks360 or the lg ku990 and you still want to install Whatsapp on your phone then follow this specific Java os whatsapp tutorial here.