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How to fix WhatsApp waiting for this message error

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Last Updated on March 12, 2024
How To Fix WhatsApp 'Waiting For This Message' Error
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If you’re unable to see messages due to the WhatsApp waiting for this message error, we have a handful of fixes for you.

The “Waiting for this message error” in WhatsApp can prevent you from viewing the messages, which can leave you frustrated. In some cases, the messages appear after you wait for a while. However, if it’s been a few hours and the issue is still there, then it means there’s something wrong and you need to fix it yourself.

Thankfully, there are several fixes that can help fix the issue, and we’ll explain all of them in our guide. So, without wasting another second, let’s dive in!

What causes the WhatsApp “waiting for this message” error?

There are a few reasons why this error occurs, and you can find some of them below.

  • The sender or yourself is using an out-of-date version of WhatsApp
  • Someone in the chat has recently switched to a new device
  • The WhatsApp servers are down and the service has become temporarily unavailable
  • The sender of the message force closes the app before the message can be encrypted

How to fix the WhatsApp “waiting for this message” error

Seeing the error message when talking with someone can be frustrating, as it can cause delays in conversations. Luckily, there are a few potential fixes that you can carry out, and we’ll go over them below.



Wait for the message to send

Sometimes, all you can do is wait for the issue to resolve itself. If it is an issue with end-to-end encryption, then the sender may have to reopen WhatsApp on their phone or update the app. If the matter is urgent, we suggest trying to contact them through another method such as SMS or email.



Check WhatsApp server status

WhatsApp might be temporarily unavailable because its servers are currently down for maintenance. You should check online if there is a server outage in your area using an online site such as Downdetector. If it is down, then all you can do is wait for the server to restart.



Update WhatsApp

You need to make sure you are running the latest version of WhatsApp. When the senders or your WhatsApp is running an outdated version, there may be compatibility issues and bugs that occur.

For an Android device, you will want to enter the Google Play Store, search for WhatsApp, and make sure you have the latest version installed.

If you are using an iPhone, you should enter the App Store and look for WhatsApp, then install the most recent update.



Clear cache

If you’re using WhatsApp on Android, you may want to clear your cache. Sometimes, the cache files can get corrupt, causing your WhatsApp give the waiting for this message error.

To clear cache, go to your device settings, find apps, tap on WhatsApp, and then clear the cache from there.



Reinstall WhatsApp

If this error is happening with multiple chats, then the issue is most likely to do with your device. Before you uninstall WhatsApp you will want to create a backup so that your chat history can be saved. You will want to make sure that Chat Backup is enabled. You can either create a local storage backup or a backup on Google Drive for Android phones or on iCloud if you have an iOS device.


To reinstall WhatsApp on an Android device follow these steps:

  • On your phone’s home screen or app library, locate WhatsApp
  • Long press on the WhatsApp icon
  • From the menu, select uninstall
  • Now, reinstall WhatsApp from the Google Play Store

When you reinstall WhatsApp, you will need to verify your phone number and choose to restore chat history from either Google Drive or local storage.


Deleting and reinstalling WhatsApp on iOS differs slightly, but is still easy to follow.

  • On your iPhone’s home screen find WhatsApp
  • Long press the icon.
  • At the bottom of the menu select Remove App.
  • Then choose Delete App.
  • Now reinstall WhatsApp from the App Store.

    Final thoughts

    When you see the placeholder message ‘Waiting for this message. This may take a while,’ it can be slightly confusing or frustrating. Luckily, there are a few solutions to the issue, and we have explained all of them in our guide. But if you’re getting the WhatsApp waiting for this message error even after you’ve tried everything, then we suggest you contact WhatsApp customer support.

    Learn how you can fix other WhatsApp errors through these in-depth guides:

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