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5xx server error Whatsapp: Quick Fix

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Whatsapp is one of the most popular messaging apps around at the moment. But sheer popularity doesn’t guarantee smooth operation, and that’s true for any piece of tech on the planet. Whatsapp is also prone to occasional bugs and glitches. 

In this article, we’re talking about how to fix 500 series server errors on Whatsapp.

What are the 5xx error codes?

500 error codes generally happen when software or script suffers from a fatal flaw that crashes the application. This is more often than not a server-side error, and there’s little that can be done on the client end. Different error codes starting with 500 can indicate different server issues, and if you know how to interpret them, you can work out the exact issue.

Errors like these indicate a problem with Whatsapp servers. It could be a server configuration error, a data centre not operational or just an outage that might be causing this.

Also read: Whatsapp could not find connected audio device: 6 Fixes

How to fix Whatsapp’s 5xx server error?

There’s not a lot you can do in such cases. When the issue has originated on the server, the client-side doesn’t really have an issue other than sending a request that the server can’t handle. There are, however, a few things you can check.

Check your internet connection

One possible reason for sending an invalid request could simply be your internet not able to reach the server. Check to see if you have an active internet connection using WiFi. If you’re on mobile data, check to see if it’s enabled and that you have good signal strength. 

Try using a VPN

Sometimes, requests may be blocked from a particular location which can cause 500 errors. In such cases, you can use a VPN to change your IP address and internet location and try again to see if that works. 

Wait it out

As mentioned before, there’s not much you can do when it comes to server-side errors like these. If you do have internet connectivity and using a VPN didn’t work, your best bet is to wait out the error and hope that the developers will fix the error as soon as possible.

Also read: Not receiving WhatsApp messages unless I open the app: 9 Fixes

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: