WhatsApp experienced a global outage yesterday, with users turning to Twitter and other social media platforms to complain that they were unable to connect.

Website Downdetector.co.za reported a huge spike in WhatsApp outages reported from around 9am South African time. Services were eventually restored at about 10.45am.

Neither WhatsApp, nor its parent Meta Platforms, has said what caused the outage.

Users in South Africa and around the world have come to rely heavily on WhatsApp to communicate, conduct business and organise their lives. Even a short outage can cause big disruption.

“We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble sending messages and we’re working to restore WhatsApp for everyone as quickly as possible,” a WhatsApp spokesman was quoted as telling Reuters soon after the outage started.  — NewsCentral Media