WhatsApp is currently experiencing problems with users around the world unable to send or receive messages on the popular messaging app. The app ha
Last updated on May 16th, 2018 at 11:13 am
WhatsApp is currently experiencing problems with users around the world unable to send or receive messages on the popular messaging app.
The app has been malfunctioning since a day before new years eve, with hundreds of users taking to other social media outlets to air their ‘distress’ at the news. Users in Europe, The Caribbean, South America, Africa and the US have been reporting problems with sending and receiving messages, logging in and loading the app. Outage reports are currently showing a huge spike in reported outages across the globe.
Thousands of WhatsApp users are experiencing difficulties tonight after reports that the messaging app is down.
User reports mapping to illustrate where in the world WhatsApp and other popular sites and social media platforms are experiencing connectivity problems.
The reason why WhatsApp is down
People have also been concerned that it could be because of their model of phone or their outdated version of operating system. Technically that is correct but the new years eve outage is primarily down because of server resource overload during concurrent mass sharing of videos, pictures from people celebrating the new year.
The service has become massively popular over the last few years as it can be used on all devices, unlike iMessage for Apple products.
After Facebook purchased the app in 2016 it seemed it’s rise to glory would continue but owners of older devices will have to say goodbye as of January 1.
Why are some devices losing WhatsApp?
The reason behind this is that when the service was founded in 2009, the mobile landscape was very different. Back then, a Blackberry was the phone to have but now almost everyone has an iPhone or Samsung – Manchester Evening News reports. The company explained: “About 70% of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia,
“Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft – which account for 99.5% of sales today – were on less than 25% of mobile devices sold at the time.”
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Which phones will WhatsApp stop working on?
- BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
- Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
- Windows Phone 7
- Any phone using Windows 8
- iPhone 3GS/iOS 6