Update on October 25th at 10:30 PM: A spokesperson from WhatsApp-owned Meta provided a statement on the WhatsApp outage. “The brief outage was a result of a technical error on our part and has now been resolved.” The WhatsApp outage primarily affected India and lasted for a couple of hours. Affected users were unable to send and receive messages, images, and videos on the messaging platform.
WhatsApp is down in India with thousands of users reporting issues in sending and receiving messages on the platform on Tuesday, October 25th. The reason behind the WhatsApp outage is unclear at the moment. According to DownDetector.in, nearly 6,000 users have reported facing issues on WhatsApp across several parts of India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Kolkata. India seems to be the most affected by this WhatsApp outage as the issue is far less severe in the US.
At the time of writing this article, we were unable to send or receive messages on WhatsApp. There seems to be a server-level issue that’s causing the WhatsApp outage. The company is yet to provide a statement on why WhatsApp is down in India.
The WhatsApp outage comes just a day after Diwali, a major festive holiday that sees a massive amount of Diwali-related messages being shared on the messaging service.
WhatsApp said on Wednesday night that the 2-hour long outage was due to a technical glitch. This has now been resolved. That said, the long outage left users searching for WhatsApp alternatives.
With WhatsApp down in India, users are likely to look for WhatsApp alternatives to continue messaging their friends and family. Telegram, Signal, and Wire are some good WhatsApp alternatives available for users in India.