When it comes to texting apps, WhatsApp is up there with the best of them. The Meta-owned app provides a plethora of handy tools for customizing and safeguarding the user experience. The WhatsApp app is updated frequently to fix problems, enhance functionality, and strengthen security. Despite its polished interface, improved security measures, and end-to-end encryption, WhatsApp occasionally experiences issues, such as the recent problem that caused its Android app to crash.
The Android Authority claims that it is now experiencing a bug that results in the app crashing on Android devices. The flaw is activated when a user clicks on a link to wa.me/settings in a private or public chat. This link usually launches WhatsApp’s settings page, however, it’s presently crashing on Android devices when clicked.
It seems the bug impacts normal WhatsApp usage as well as WhatsApp Business group conversations. According to the report, the program crashes when you access a conversation containing the issue link, but it restarts normally unless you go back to the same message thread. Affected versions of WhatsApp for Android include 126.96.36.199, while other versions may be affected as well.
The initial discovery of the WhatsApp bug was brought to the attention of a Twitter user with the handle @pandyaMayur11. This individual was successfully identified and highlighted the glitch on the popular microblogging platform. The Twitter account @BruteBee disclosed that version 188.8.131.52 of WhatsApp for business is vulnerable to the bug. The user also confirmed that, due to the flaw, the software crashes when trying to update one’s WhatsApp status with a link.
How to fix Whatsapp’s glitch?
There’s a simple solution if you’re having the same problem. It appears that the browser-based version of WhatsApp, WhatsApp Web, is immune to this issue. If you have access to WhatsApp via a web browser, you can log in and remove the offending message or conversation. After that, you won’t have to worry about your phone crashing WhatsApp unless you click the same bad link again.