Hello to all our faithful readers!! Today we are gonna dissect one of the most frequently occurring errors in WhatsApp i.e. “unfortunately WhatsApp has stopped“.
WhatsApp has grown immensely in this internet revolution that we are witnessing in our country and the app is now almost universally available across all smartphones used by all age groups.
Considering that, it is not surprising to see several people complaining of various bugs and errors at this scale of usage. “Unfortunately WhatsApp has stopped” sits mostly at the top of this infamous pile.
Well, if you are one of these people, then keep reading because we are gonna end this error once and for all.
Still reading? Then, let’s go.
Unfortunately WhatsApp has stopped [Fix]
We have mainly two mainstream methods for fixing the said issue. Both have been discussed in detail and for your convenience, we have also mentioned steps that one can undertake to resolve the issue smoothly.
Note: Before we mention the steps, it is to be noted that you should try the first method and then, if it’s still not resolved, then only undertake the second method.
Here are the before mentioned methods:
1. Clear app data and cache
Clearing app data and cache is one of the best methods for not only fixing this error on WhatsApp but also on other such apps.
But first, what is cache?
The cache is basically some downloaded files saved from repeatedly opened sites to help load such sites quicker the next time you open them.
Deleting these cache may slow down your app just a bit fractionally but it is vital to do so as the downloaded information may have been corrupted and thus may be the source of the error itself.
Steps to Clear Cache:
- Go to Phone Settings.
- Press on “Apps”.
- Proceed to find WhatsApp from all the listed apps.
- Once opened, tap on “Clear Cache”.
- Restart your phone now and try to see if the error is fixed.
- If the error still persists, then proceed to “Clear Data” as well.
Want a step-by-step guide with pictures to do the same? Then, Have a look at our guide to clear data & cache of Snapchat (Procedure to clear cache and data is same for all the Apps).
What does “Clear Data” mean?
“Clear Data” means that your app will now be restored to its default state as if you have just installed the app for the first time. This way, all the bugs will be gone as well.
Note: Make sure to back up the data (chats, photos, etc) before undertaking this step, or else it will all be lost forever.
2. Reinstall WhatsApp
If clearing cache and data does not work in your favor, then it may be time to resort to the last option. Which is to uninstall the app and install a fresh copy.
Nobody wants to do this but at this point in time, it may be your best option.
Steps to reinstall WhatsApp:
- Tap and hold on to the WhatsApp icon.
- Select “Uninstall”.
- Go to the Play store and search for the app.
- “Install” it and you should be good to go.
Note: Backing up the data before doing this is once again recommended.
And there you have it, by now your “unfortunately WhatsApp has stopped” error should be as good as gone.
In the end, we would like to conclude by saying that “unfortunately WhatsApp has stopped” is a very common error on WhatsApp and other apps and it does not demand much worrying.
It is simply because there are known methods to deal with this issue explicitly. Two of the major ones are mentioned in detail for your help. And we do hope that by the end of it, your issue is resolved and you have no further issues arising again.
If there is some query with regards to anything, do not hesitate to mention the same to us in the comments section and we will see to it as soon as possible.
Until our next article update, we will like to take our leave now. See you next time!
To fix this issue in Android, clear the data and cache of WhatsApp, and Reboot your phone. After that, check if it’s working fine. If not, delete WhatsApp and download it again.
No, clearing the WhatsApp cache won’t delete your WhatsApp messages. It only deletes the unwanted files that make your WhatsApp work slow.
The phones which have operating systems older than version 2.3.7 and version 8 in Android and iPhones respectively will no longer use WhatsApp.
Yes, deleting text messages will free up some storage.