A continuous message was showing for many users at the top of the app, saying it was “connecting” to the server, but then appeared to fail to do so.
WhatsApp went down for users across the World this morning, with tens of thousands of people reporting being unable to send or receive messages.
Downdetector, which tracks outages, said more than 69,100 reports of problems had been submitted at 8.28am, with issues first detected just before 8am.
However, the number of users that experienced issues could be much higher due to the way the website collects data.
By around 9.30am, that figure had dropped to 29,917 – and just before 10am users were noticing that services were back up and running as usual.
“We know people had trouble sending messages on WhatsApp today. We’ve fixed the issue and apologise for any inconvenience,” a spokesperson for the platform’s parent company, Meta, said. As of now the issue is resolved and the messaging is back to normal as before
WhatsApp users from around the world went on social media platforms, such as Twitter, to complain that the app was not working.
The hashtag #whatsappdown was trending on Twitter, with more than 70,000 tweets and hundreds of memes flooding the internet.