Does WhatsApp Web work whilst WhatsApp is down?

WhatsApp, the internet messaging app, went down across the world this morning and users were struggling to cope while having no access to the banter on their group chats. Some witty users may have thought they could trick the system and log on to their WhatsApp account and continue messaging via the WhatsApp Web extension.

The Web extension of the messaging app allows users to scan a code on their device through their Whatsapp app and have access to the messaging service on a desktop. Once you scan the code and log in on a computer it will remain logged in, and so if you had logged on your Web extension prior to WhatsApp’s technical difficulties you may have thought you were above those struggling to load the app on their device. Sadly, when WhatsApp is down, WhatsApp web is down too.


This morning when the app was having some technical difficulties there was no way for users to get through to their friends, family or anyone they were conversing with on the app. If you tried to access WhatsApp Web during the period of darkness for the app this morning then you would have met a rather upsetting messaging saying ‘this service is unavailable’ after attempting to load the chat screen. Users who discovered difficulties with the app this morning would have met a screen saying ‘Our service is experiencing a problem right now. We are working on it and hope to restore the functionality shortly. Sorry for the inconvenience.’ WhatsApp recently update their app to the 2.17.71 version which saw users access Live Location, Unsend feature, and bug fixes regarding notifications on Apple iOS 11 devices.


— Zaki Arifin (@arifinzaki88) November 3, 2017

This post was last modified on December 3, 2017, 9:15 am

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