Having trouble sending WhatsApp messages? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. The entire service seems to be down for everyone at the moment. Over one billion users worldwide, including users from UK, Germany, Argentina, Pakistan, India, US, Indonesia, Belgium, Greece (and the list goes on) were unable to access WhatsApp, the smartphone free-messaging service on Thursday, according to reports.
Users from across the world reported that the popular messaging app has crashed, social media was abuzz with millions complaining about the outage (WhatsApp Down).
WhatsApp Down: Down Detector
Problems with the app surged over the last hour, according to the website Down Detector.
Those problems were particularly focused in western Europe, the East Coast of the US and South America, according to the same website. But that may simply be a result of timezones, and the problems could be happening elsewhere.
The company is getting flooded by feedback from thousands complaining regarding the issue within the past few minutes.
The company is yet to release a statement and inform about the issue.
This is what people are saying on Twitter after WhatsApp went down:
Whatsapp is down. A billion people look up from their phones for the first time in 7 years. Everything seems so modern.
— innocent drinks (@innocent) May 3, 2017
— Rishab Bucha (@rishab_bucha) May 3, 2017
— Sheeraz Raza (@SheerazRaza) May 3, 2017
— Suresh Pilania (@Suresh_Pilania) May 3, 2017
WhatsApp Messenger is a cross platform mobile messaging app for smart phones such as the iPhone, Android phones, Windows Mobile or Blackberry. Whatsapp allows users to send and recieve messages, photos, and other information and is considered an alternative to text messages or SMS.
WhatsApp Inc., based in Mountain View, California, was acquired by Facebook in February 2014 for approximately US$19.3 billion. By February 2016, WhatsApp had a user base of over one billion, making it the most popular messaging application at the time.
1ST UPDATE 18:05 EST: Now users in United States are also getting affected by the outage of WhatsApp.
2ND UPDATE: The WhatsApp status page has been updated with the below message: “Our service is experiencing a problem right now. We are working on it and hope to restore the functionality shortly. Sorry for the inconvenience”.
3RD UPDATE: Users from around the world on social media are reporting that the messaging service is back to normal.