Service Down UK have had several reports this morning that the cross platform mobile messaging app has been having problems since 4.40am.
After opening the app on Tuesday morning, users have found that while they can still access their conversations, the app is failing to deliver new messages, or send any that they attempt to transmit.
A persistent message is showing for many users at the top of the app, saying it is “connecting” to the server, but then appears to fail to do so, leaving users unable to send or receive any messages.
According to the service status website Downdetector, users began reporting issues with WhatsApp at just before 8am on Tuesday morning, with more than 12,000 reports of issues reported to the website by 8.30am.
The most reported issue is messaging with 56 per cent of reports relating to this and the second most reported problem is the connection with 39 per cent sending in reports.
On the WhatsApp outage map it shows England and Europe to be the most affected with parts in red.
Thousands have taken to social media to complain that they are unable to send or receive messages on the popular Meta-owned platform.
WhatsApp has confirmed it is aware of the issue and is working to fix the problem.
In a statement, a WhatsApp spokesperson said: “We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble sending messages and we’re working to restore WhatsApp for everyone as quickly as possible.”
It is unclear at the moment when WhatsApp will be back up and running at full connection but a few users have been able to regain connection since earlier this morning.