Waiting For This Message: Solution [Whatsapp]

WhatsApp Messenger is a FREE messaging app for Android and other smartphones. WhatsApp uses your phone's Internet connection to send messages and calls to friends and family.

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WhatsApp Messenger is a FREE messaging app for Android and other smartphones. WhatsApp uses your phone's Internet connection to send messages and calls to friends and family.

Here are some features of the app:

  • Submit your location
  • photo message
  • Saving data
  • Voice or video call

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does WhatsApp waiting message mean?
This is your guarantee that your messages can only be read by the sender and recipient. It works with keys. When you start a chat, two keys are created: public and private. They are both unique. The public one is on the sender's phone and encrypts the text.
What can I do to fix the message waiting WhatsApp notification?
There are several things you can do to fix the message waiting notification on WhatsApp, including checking your internet connection, restarting your device, updating your WhatsApp, and clearing your app cache.
How to send a message if WhatsApp waiting for network?
If WhatsApp is waiting for a network connection, you won't be able to send messages until the connection is established. To resolve this issue, make sure your device has a stable internet connection. Check if you are connected to Wi-Fi or mobile data and
What are the common causes of the 'Waiting for This Message' issue in WhatsApp and how can it be resolved?
Common causes include encryption issues or delays in message delivery. Solutions may involve restarting the app or checking for updates.

Comments (6)

 2020-11-12 -  Eveline
I deleted the app, reinstalled it and installed the backup, but the message waiting for message has not gone away. Someone messaged me, I see her typing and the message comes in so we're both online, but still the same notification ... Do you have any tips or ideas for me?
 2020-11-13 -  admin
@Eveline, are you sure the person hasn't blocked you, can you get their messages and the ones you sent them delivered? Have you also backed up and restored your messages? »  More information on this link
 2020-11-14 -  Eveline
Thanks for your comment. Haha, yes I am very sure