Fix WhatsApp Desktop App Not Opening or Working

Written by Thirumalraj

If the WhatsApp Desktop app is not working or opening on your PC, this guide is for you.

Try the below solutions until the issue is fixed. I use Windows 11 computer. Let’s begin.

Fix WhatsApp Desktop App Not Opening or Working on PC

Solution 1

Make sure the WhatsApp Desktop app is up to date.

Here’s how:

Open the Microsoft Store by hitting its icon in the taskbar.

In the search box at the top, provide “WhatsApp” (without double quotes) and press the Enter key.

Hit the WhatsApp Desktop app from the search results.

If you see the Update button, hit it. If you don’t see that button, you’re up to date.

That’s it.

Solution 2

Open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Escape keys.

Find WhatsApp and select it. Hit “End task” at the top.

Now check if the issue is fixed or not.

Solution 3

Run the “Internet Connections” troubleshooter on your PC, and here’s how:

Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I.

Type “internet connections” (without double quotes) in the search box at the top of the left sidebar.

You can see “Find and fix network problems” in the search results. Click on it.

Now, run the troubleshooter you see on your screen.

That’s it.

Solution 4

Repair the WhatsApp Desktop app on your PC, and here’s how:

Press Windows + I to open the Settings app.

Hit Apps on the left sidebar and select Installed apps on the right.

Now find WhatsApp and hit the three horizontal dots beside it.

Select Advanced options and see the “Reset” section.

Click the “Repair” button, and that’s all.

If that doesn’t work, try a reset, and here’s how you can do that:

In the “Reset” section (use the above steps to view this), you can see the Reset button. Click on it.

Now you can see this message:

This will permanently delete the app’s data on this device, including your preferences and sign-in details.

Hit the “Reset” button, and that’s all. 

Solution 5

Uninstall the WhatsApp Desktop app and reinstall it.

Here’s how you can do the former:

Press Windows + I to open the Settings app.

Hit Apps on the left sidebar and select Installed apps on the right.

Now find WhatsApp and hit the three horizontal dots beside it.

Select Uninstall and hit the Uninstall button.

That’s it.

Solution 6

Try the WhatsApp Web instead of the WhatsApp Desktop app.

That’s all.

Thanks for reading.

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