New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on March 22, 2023) follows:

Here’s the crux of the article in video form:

WhatsApp is one of the well-known messaging and video-calling platforms used by millions of people across the globe on a daily basis.

The company recently released an update for the application on Android and iOS. However, it looks like the latest update has broken the app for many.


WhatsApp crashing on startup after the latest update on Android & iOS

According to reports (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10), multiple users are experiencing crashing issues after the recent update for Android and iOS platforms.

It is alleged that the app crashes immediately on startup. Some even get the ‘WhatsApp couldn’t start’ error message on their iOS devices.

Due to this issue, users are facing difficulties in retrieving their existing messages. Also, those without a recent backup are in a dilemma as they are bound to lose access to their chats and any important information.

One of those affected complains that after the recent update WhatsApp keeps on crashing on their Samsung Galaxy FE 20 5G smartphone. Allegedly, they are even unable to take backup of some of their important messages.


#WhatsApp has been crashing since this afternoon. Has anyone else faced the same issue? #iOS16 #ios163

What’s going on with #WhatsApp? Keeps crashing. Lots of complaints on Twitter. @WhatsApp what’s going on?

Those affected have tried rebooting their smartphone, clearing the app’s cache, and uninstalling and reinstalling the app, but still, they are unable to use the app.

Unfortunately, WhatsApp has not officially responded to the matter.

Potential workaround

Fortunately, we did come across a potential workaround that may help solve the problem for some Android smartphone users. It is recommended that you downgrade to the last stable version of the app.

Source (Click /tap to zoom)

We do hope that WhatsApp resolves this crashing issue as soon as possible.

Having said that, we’ll keep tabs on the issue where WhatsApp keeps on crashing on startup after the recent update on Android and iOS and update this article accordingly.

Update 1 (October 19, 2023)

06:33 pm (IST): WhatsApp users are reporting that the app keeps crashing after the Android 14 update (1,2,3). While initial reports pointed to Android 14 as the culprit, other reports suggest that the issue is actually with WhatsApp, as installing version of the app fixes the problem.

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Featured image source: WhatsApp.

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