Your WhatsApp isn’t working? Use Facebook’s Messenger instead

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WhatsApp is down. Well, that’s in Zimbabwe at least.

This is a major disruption for a lot of people who rely on the internet to communicate. However there are many other options that people can still use to communicate including using VPN access to “unlock” WhatsApp.

To be honest, though, that’s probably a bit too complicated for most people. There is, however, one other easier to access alternative – Facebook’s Messenger.

It’s the most relevant fallback chat option for Zimbabweans right now, especially since Facebook comes number two to WhatsApp in terms of use.


If you are using any Zimbabwean mobile network’s Facebook bundles those same bundles will also give you access to Messenger.

Messenger has group features, a voice call option (calls across local networks might not be as crisp, but it can handle strong connections via WiFi plus international calls) and you can still send pictures and videos.


Update: WhatsApp not working in Zimbabwe on some networks as government blocks the app


Econet, Zimbabwe's largest internet provider, confirms WhatsApp outage


  1. test says:

    betternet simple vpn no login jus tap to connect and you r back on whatsapp

    1. Anonymous says:

      If your Whatsapp is not working you need to download a vpn which allows you to access censored apps. I recommend tunnelbear which is available from the google play store on…
      It helps to bypass censored websites.

  2. Joeblack says:

    Download Express VPN,ExpressVPN allows you to choose the server you want to use to get online – so you can choose a server in an unblocked country. Then you can start chatting online with your friends straight away.

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