Is WhatsApp down? Sure looks that way

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If you're trying to use WhatsApp and struggling, don't worry — you aren't alone. Multiple people around the world are reporting that they are currently unable to fully use the instant messaging service.

Reports range from people not being able to send any messages at all, to others that say they can't upload media to the WhatsApp servers.

Going down

WhatsApp is yet to say what is going on or even acknowledge the issue, but DownDetector reports that services have been having problems since around 03:17am EDT.

Unfortunately, at this point at least, there isn't a great deal that you can do if you find that you need to use Instagram, but can't. Alternative messaging options include other third-party messaging clients as well as iMessage and SMS, with the latter likely to be the best when talking to Android users.

WhatsApp is one of the best iPhone instant messaging apps around, especially when talking cross-platform. But every service has its downtime — and right now, it's the Meta-owned company's turn.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.