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The Waiting for this message error on Whatsapp

Frustrating, isn’t it? For no apparent reasons, you have this error message in front of your eyes: “Waiting for this message. This may take a while.” It can last for few seconds, few minutes, maybe few hours... and even forever if you are unlucky. We are going to explain what happened behind this message, and then we will show you how to fix this issue.

What is behind this error?

This problem is caused by WhatsApp messages encryption that aren't getting delivered. Indeed, this is for your security. Since 2016, all the messages are encrypted using an end-to-end encryption.

WhatsApp end-to-end encryption

This ensures that your messages are only readable by the sender and the receiver. This works with keys. When a chat is initiated, two keys are created: a public and a private one. They are both unique. The public one is on the sender’s phone and encrypts the text.

The private key is on the receiver’s phone and can unlock the encrypted message. The error occurs when the message has been encrypted by the user. Indeed, when this is the case, as we said before, WhatsApp generates a private key on your app to decrypt the message.

This can only happen if both the sender and the receiver are online at the same time.

This error is more likely to happen in following situations:

  • You changed your smartphone or move your account from a phone to another and haven't yet done the necessary to retrieve deleted Whatsapp messages that might be pending,

  • If you have been blocked by the other user, in which case except trying to unblock yourself on WhatsApp you might never get the messages at all,

  • The message sender has turned off its phone, is on airplane mode, has no network or also simply has stopped using its phone, in which case you might simply never get the pending messages.

Seeing Waiting for this message. This may take a while. on Whatsapp

How to solve this problem?

As we explained it in the introduction, this may have already happened to you and it may have fixed itself with time. In fact, you must wait for the sender to come back online. So, if you want to see the message, you can use another social network to ask him to activate Internet and connect on WhatsApp. By doing so, he can connect, and the message will be decrypted, and you will be able to see it.

On the other hand, if it is very urgent, you can backup and restore WhatsApp. Of course, this will take a lot more energy than simply Waiting for this message or sending a message via another social network.

It involves manually resorting to the message by backing up your WhatsApp messages, uninstalling WhatsApp, reinstalling WhatsApp, and finally restoring the backup. See, if this has already bored you, you should probably wait. If you are still here reading, then here is the method.

1: Access parameters

Go to the parameters, tap chats, and chats backup. You will see a backup option. Choose it. This will take some time.

2: Reinstall Whatsapp application

Uninstall WhatsApp and reinstall it.

3: Restore backup from cloud

Search for the backup during the reinstallation. When it is found, tap Restore to finish the backup and restore WhatsApp operation.

If you have done it properly, it should have work, and you should now be able to see all the messages.

Why do you get Waiting for this message error

Remember that this is all made for your safety. Indeed, in a world where every app has access to our data, it is still good to see that some apps do care about our privacy a little bit.

This does not make all your messages as safe as a bank, but it is still better than nothing, and Waiting for this message to be delivered might either mean than your data security is priority, or that message sender has simply blocked you.

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About the author - Yoann
He is an enthusiast technology specialist. His goal is to help everybody experiencing troubles with their phone finding the solution, and making the best use of their smartphone and apps.

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