WhatsApp services have been restored on both mobile app and desktop platforms after the instant messaging service faced the outage . 

This was the first major WhatsApp outage in 2022. The last major outage it saw was also its longest to date as seen back in October 2021, when WhatsApp (as well as other Meta apps such as Instagram or Facebook) was down for nearly six hours. Going by Downdetector data, the WhatsApp outage this year lasted nearly two-and-a-half hours. 

The Meta-owned instant messaging platform was not working on the mobile app, desktop, or even the Web. 

Downdetector showed that over 20,000 users reported on the platform that WhatsApp was down, with the outage seemingly beginning at around 12pm IST. 

Going by reports on Downdetector, the issue was not only restricted to India but was affecting users globally. 

At the time of reporting this , messages and calls were working fine on WhatsApp, on both personal and group messages. 

It appears that WhatsApp is slowly restoring services one region after another, so it may take some time before your WhatsApp starts functioning properly again, if not already doing so. 

Internet social media bloggers reported the partial restoration of WhatsApp services is underway in some Indian cities.

As per Downdetector’s ‘reported problems’ map, the WhatsApp outage in India appeared to affect users in cities such as Delhi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Chennai. 

Apart from India, WhatsApp users were also facing issues in countries like Australia, Brazil, France, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, and the United States as well.

While an official statement on what led to the outage is awaited, possible reasons which might have caused the disruption in services been widely discussed in social media