WhatsApp Not Connecting to Wi-Fi/Internet - Solved

By Emily Watson, Monday, March 12, 2018

"WhatsApp keeps loading but not connecting to the internet, even though Wi-Fi/4G are available in my iPhone 8."

– a user from Apple Support Communities

If you come across the similar situation that WhatsApp can't connect to the internet (Wi-Fi or 4G), this article may help you to make WhatsApp back to normal.

Make sure the following is correct first: 

  • You've turned on Wi-Fi or Cellular data.

  • You're in the good network environment.

  • You've allowed WhatsApp runs on Wi-Fi or Cellular. iPhone or iPad users check it by opening Settings > WhatsApp > Wireless Data. Samsung, Sony or other Android users should go to Settings > Apps > WhatsApp > Permissions > Turn on mobile network/Wi-Fi.

If you have done the above yet, but WhatsApp cannot connect with internet, continue to read.

Solution 1: Force Stop WhatsApp and Restart Your Device

According to users, one of the most effective ways to recover WhatsApp is to force it to stop. It doesn't mean to simply exit it.

iPhone/iPad users should double-click the Home button, and get the recently used apps' list. Find out WhatsApp and swipe it up to close it, and then restart your device. 

When the Apple logo appears and stays on the screen for about 30 seconds, the device is put itself into rebooting. The process is finished when the standard locked screen shows.


Android users force WhatsApp to stop by pulling up the menu to see the recently used apps list, finding WhatsApp and swiping up to close it; or you can run Settings > Apps > WhatsApp > Force Stop. 

Then restart your phone and open WhatsApp. Now to see if it is connected with Internet.

Solution 2: Clear Cache and Data in Android

Accumulated cache and unnecessary data will prevent apps from performing well, which is relevant to WhatsApp not connecting to internet. 

  • Android users can clear them by running Settings > Apps > WhatsApp > Clear Data/Clear Cache. 

iOS system will clear cache and data by itself, but if you want to clear them more thoroughly, you can reinstall WhatsApp. More details will be shown in Solution 5.

WhatsApp Clear Cache

Solution 3: Check out Network

Now you should go back to check the network again. Users whose WhatsApp cannot connect with internet should try these tricks: 

  • Switch between mobile data and Wi-Fi.

  • Connect with other Wi-Fi hotspots.

  • Turn off and turn on Wi-Fi/mobile data.

  • Turn off and turn on Airplane Mode. Open a website and see if it loads.

Suppose all of the websites or apps don't load in this network, try out the next method.

Solution 4: Reset Network Setting

iOS users have another choice as for the internet: Reset Network Settings, which may help to remove some mistakes. 

  • Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Setting.

  • After that, you will be asked to enter Wi-Fi password again. 

Reset Network Settings

Android users may go to Settings > Reset > Reset Network Settings. Run WhatsApp and refresh it for a few times now. 

If the network still doesn't work, you may need to contact your mobile provider and ask for suggestions.

Solution 5: Update or Reinstall WhatsApp

Suppose that other apps run fine on the same network connection, but WhatsApp not, problems may lie on the app itself. Update WhatsApp if the newest version is available, since the new version is being optimized. Sometimes the app will remind you to update, and you can also update the apps manually.

Update WhatsApp

  • Android users run Google Play and tap the Menu button on the top right. Find out WhatsApp and tap Accept to update.

  • iOS users run App Store and tap Updates on the bottom. Find if there is a button "UPDATE" besides WhatsApp. If so, tap the button and you can update WhatsApp in a few seconds. 

Besides, deleting WhatsApp is also a good method to remove mistakes in the app. 

  • Android users uninstall it by dragging the app's icon to the trash can icon and install it in Google Play.

  • iPhone/iPad users can press and hold the WhatsApp’s icon, tap the "X" on the icon to delete it. Then get it back in App Store.

Before you uninstall the app, remember to do a backup for your data, since all chats and files will be deleted. See How to do a backup for WhatsApp data.

Solution 6: Reinstall the System

The last method you can have attempted to use is to reinstall the system, as sometimes there are mistakes in system setting and prevent WhatsApp to connect with internet.

iOS users can reinstall the system by iTunes in a few steps: 

  • Connect the device to your PC;

  • Run iTunes and choose Restore iPhone.

Get more information on how to reinstall operating systems in iOS device. Remember to make a backup for your iPhone data, as all chats and files will be deleted. When the installing process is over, the iOS system will be the newest one.

Restore iPhone

For Android users it will be a big project to reinstall the operating system, so you'd better open Settings > About to see if a new version of system is available and update the system.

If your WhatsApp still cannot connect to the internet, you'd better turn to WhatsApp costumer's service for help.


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