Fix All the Errors and Problems with WhatsApp on Android

The Post below details the possible solutions to fix all the problems and errors on WhatsApp Messaging App for your Android Mobile.

WhatsApp is worlds most popular and one of the more powerful internet services offering free messaging, call and video over the data. With over a billion monthly active users and its nature, it has become an indispensable part of every internet user. But being a software product, many times the App may face some issues due to device specifications, power, storage, incompatibility or other software glitches.

Today in this post I will try to give a detailed solution of all the errors which you generally face with your WhatsApp on your Android mobile. So, without much delay let us begin and try to solve the issues with WhatsApp.

Problem with WhatsApp | Here are the Solutions

You can resolve all the following issues with the App.

WhatsApp Not Working | Server Issues

WhatsApp is Obsolete

Unable to Restore Chat Backup

Video Error | Playback Issues

Can’t Connect to Internet | Cannot Download Files

Can’t See last Seen | Blocked

Retry Adding this Participant Error

Cannot Install App

Unfortunately Stopped | Force Closes

WhatsApp Freezes | Stuck

WhatsApp Not Showing Contact Names

Unstable Voice and Video Calls

Fix All Error codes Eg. 4**, 5**, 9** etc

No Proper App for the Content

WhatsApp Not Working | WhatsApp Down

This is one of the most common issues faced by WhatsApp users. Do check if your internet is working.

Note – Make sure you take the backup of chat data.

Solution 1. Clear Data and Cache

  • Go to Android Settings.
  • Here look for the option named Apps/Manage Apps
  • Open WhatsApp, Storage and Clear the Data and Cache of the App.
  • Again open the WhatsApp and Add your details. Done!

    Clear App data and cache

    Clear App data and cache

Solution 2. Reset App Preferences

  1. Go to Settings of your Android device.
  2. Open Apps/Apps manager.
  3. Check for All Apps.
  4. Tap on the menu icon.
  5. Click on Reset App Preferences’.

Solution 3. Reboot in Safe Mode

  • Long press on power key as you do for turning off your device.
  • Tap and press on power off option.
  • You will see the option of Reboot to safe mode. Tap Ok to enter the safe mode.

Download WhatsApp and check if the issue still persists. If not then some 3rd party Apps or Storage is causing issues. If the problem persists then the issue could be with the device software.

Unable to Restore Chat Backups

Case 1: If you restoring Backup from SD

When you put the backup file onto your phone make sure you put it in the WhatsApp folder that is located on your phone storage and not the SD card. This will troubleshoot any backup related problem when you are working with external storage.

Case 2: For General Backup Issues

To restore from a backup, follow these steps:

  1. Uninstall WhatsApp
  2. Decide which backup file you want to restore.
  3. Rename that file from “msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt.xx” to “msgstore.db.crypt.xx”
  4. Install WhatsApp
  5. When asked to restore, tap [Restore]. Done!

Case 3. Backup issues with Google Drive

  • Make sure you are backing up from same Google Account where you created the database file.
  • Update your Google Play Services.
  • Create more space on your device.

Can’t Connect to Internet | Cannot Download Files | Unable to Send Messages

Solution 1. Grant Permissions to the App

This is another common issue faced with the WhatsApp.

  1. First, check the internet connectivity sound.
  2. Go to Android Settings.
  3. Here look for the option named Apps/Manage Apps
  4. Open WhatsApp and under Permissions Grant all the Permissions to the App. Done!

Solution 2. Delete cache of WhatsApp

  • Go to Android Settings.
  • Here look for the option named Apps/Manage Apps
  • Open WhatsApp, Storage and Clear Cache of the App.

Tap to Retry Adding This Participant Error*

Sometimes when we try to add a contact in WhatsApp Group, it won’t allow us. WhatsApp will show a message saying ‘Tap to retry adding this participant’ error.

In order to solve the issue, you need to ask the contact to unblock you on WhatsApp. Or you may ask other group admins to add the user. It’s also possible to add the contact to join WhatsApp group using invite link.

WhatsApp Stopped | Not Responding | Force Closes

Reboot the device once and update the WhatsApp. If the issue is not resolved follow the solutions below.

Solution 1. Download WhatsApp Beta

If the WhatsApp is unable to run smoothly than just join the Beta Program and Download the WhatsApp Beta App from Play Store.

To join the beta program just go to the official page and register. Soon you will receive a confirmation regarding the same.

Beta Updater WhatsApp

Beta Updater WhatsApp

Solution 2. Switch Android User

  • Pull down the notification bar and here tap on the user account (right top). Switch to the Guest user, you can also find the option under Android Settings.
  • Download the WhatsApp
  • Register user number and check if the App is working normally. If so than some other Apps or device storage is the culprit.

Solution 3. Update Google Play Services

Along with updating the WhatsApp you also update the Google Play Services App.

  1. Go to Settings > Select Security > Device administrators > Deactivate Android Device Manager.
  2. Go to Settings > Apps> All > Google Play services > tap Uninstall updates
  3. Play Services is automatically updated.
  4. Now again go to Settings > Select Security > Device administrators >Activate Android Device Manager
  5. Reboot your device.

Solution 4. Keep Free Space

Many Apps require free RAM and memory for its normal functioning and WhatsApp is one such. So, make sure no other ‘heavy’App is running in the background along with WhatsApp. Keep a good amount of free space in the device.

WhatsApp Showing only Numbers but No Names

This is a very simple problem which is caused due lack of permissions given to the WhatsApp. You just need to grant Call, telephone and contact permissions to the WhatsApp under Android settings.

Error codes: All 4**, 9**, 5**, DF-DLA-15, 1** and RPS

This error Codes are not associated with WhatsApp but you generally encounter them when trying to download the Apps from Play Store.

Solution 1. Fix Play Store Glitch

  1. Go to Android Settings and Remove Google Account from Phone (Settings > Users & accounts > Account > Remove Account).
  2. Clear the Data of Google Play Store and then reboot your device.
  3. Re-add your Google account under settings.
  4. Try downloading WhatsApp again.

Solution 2. Clear Device Storage

Insufficient storage may also cause issues. Clear the junk using any device cleaner. Move Apps from internal storage to SD card. Delete unnecessary files and reboot the device.

WhatsApp Version is Obsolete

This error has lately effected millions of App users. You do not need to uninstall the App just update it from the official site.

  • Enable the ‘Unknown sources’ from Device Security Settings.
  • Now visit WhatsApp.com/android and download the latest version.
  • WhatsApp will be updated without any data loss.

Cannot Play Video File | Playback Error*

Solution 1. Uninstall Google Plus Updates

Uninstall Google Plus Updates

Uninstall Google Plus Updates

For video playback problem in video player or WhatsApp videos, you can try to uninstall Google Plus updates.

Go to Settings>Apps/Application manager>Google Plus app>Uninstall Updates.

There is a weird relation between video playing and G+ app, most probably the G+ updates modify some system files causing the problem. Check for video file format and make sure it is with •(dot) extension.

Solution 2. Advanced Playback Settings

For Android Lollipop and above users, if video playback and/or online streaming services like YouTube are causing issues. You can try this potential method, Go to Setting>About phone, tap 7 times on Build version to unlock developers option in setting

Scroll down in developers option until you see entry under media called Use AwesomePlayer (deprecated) and enable it. If it previously enabled disable it, reboot your device to check for the fix.

Am I Blocked on WhatsApp*

When you are blocked by any registered contact, we couldn’t see the following of the contactee;

  • WhatsApp ‘Status’.
  • ‘Online’ or ‘Last seen’ time stamp.
  • WhatsApp ‘About’.
  • Profile Picture.
  • And one tick (grey) on sending any message.

In order to send the message, you both need to have at-least one WhatsApp Group in common. Then you both can read and send messages to each other within the group.

App Not Installed Error | Cannot Install App*

Solution 1. For App Not Installed Error

  1. First, download and install ZipSigner from Google Play Store.
  2. Launch the app.
  3.  You will see the app dashboard. You will see the dashboard,
  4. Now, tap on Choose input/output and locate the apk file
  5. Then tap on ‘Sign the file’.
  6. Let the process be complete and then install the signed apk.

More Details here.

Solution 2. Fix Unable to Install WhatsApp

Download WhatsApp from 3rd party trusted source like APKMirror.com

First, enable unknown sources in your Settings. Go to apkmirror.com and download the App on your Android phone. This should fix the installation issue of WhatsApp in case the issue is caused from Play Store.

WhatsApp Freezes | Screen Stops Responding

Solution 1. Clear the Cache of Device

This issue is generally short-lived on many modern phones but it is quite prevalent due to App and device compatibility issues.

You need to reboot in recovery mode to Clear the Cache of the phone. Here are the generalised steps (Steps vary with devices so it is better to Google Search)

  • Power OFF of the phone.
  • Now Press Volume Down+Power Button.
  • When you see any action on screen press Volume Up Button.
  • Here select Clear Data and Cache Option.
  • Then Confirm Clear Cache Done.

Solution 2. Delete WhatsApp Message Bomb

The WhatsApp may be stuck due to some bug which might have entered your chat. A Very Long message with large amount unnecessary emojis and text can make your WhatsApp slow. Just delete such messages and reboot your device. You are good to go.

Unstable (Delayed) Voice & Video Calls

This generally happens due to poor network connectivity. And make sure you have granted all the permissions to the App.

Solution 1. Fix Unstable Voice Calls

Device battery saver and the Bluetooth connection may also cause issues with WhatsApp calls. If your battery saver is turned ON or Bluetooth is connected, disable them. Also, turn OFF data saving option for Voice Calls under WhatsApp settings.

Disable Blue Ticks and use older version of WhatsApp

Disable Blue Ticks and use older version of WhatsApp

Solution 2. Fix Video Call Issues

Just switch your network and make sure you or your partner is not performing any other action while on the video call. Do update the App on both the sides from Google Play Store.

Do Not Have App for Viewing this Content

This issue occurs when you try to view or install the application from a 3rd part App like WhatsApp, Line, WeChat etc. If you see this error during installing APK then the reason is the 3rd party App cannot load the App installer which is by default present as the system software.

There is a very simple solution to fix this problem, all you need to do is just open the file manager and search for the App and install it. The application will be installed without any warning message.

Other Miscellaneous Issues

If there are other issues (like Error 24) which are not listed above or which is something which cannot be fixed with re-installation or Data Clearing. Then download any forked version of the App like GBWhatsApp or WhatsApp Plus.

You can also clear the device data from recovery mode. But I recommend this as a last resort. Try all possible alternatives and workarounds before factory resetting.

Conclusion – I have listed all the possible solutions to general issues which users face on WhatsApp. If you are facing any other issue or need some help. Do comment below for any assistance or support.

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