WhatsApp mysteriously disappeared from the Play Store on Friday morning. When searching for the messenger in the app store on Android phones, only related apps appeared, but in the original verse. The direct download link, however, remained online and worked on both the mobile and web version of the Google platform. The surprise was first noticed by the specialized site WABetaInfo.
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The functioning of the app already installed on the smartphone was not affected. In addition, the App Store continues to make WhatsApp available for iPhone (iOS). WhatsApp Business variant remains active in the stores of both systems.
WhatsApp does not appear in Play Store search Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Update: The WhatsApp download from the Play Store returned to normal around 10:30. O dnetc contacted the company's staff, who has not yet commented on the reasons that led to the disappearance of the app in the store.
On Twitter, many users report the app's disappearance in the Google Play store search. However, some people have published prints that show the messenger usually in the Android store. Some users pointed out that by using the wrong keyword searches, the application could be found. dnetc could not reproduce any way to make it appear in the search.
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It is noteworthy that, who already has the application downloaded and installed on the phone, can usually access it in the "My Apps and Games" list of the Play Store. The direct link to the app page can also be opened smoothly if you need to install on a new device. The bug affects both regular version and WhatsApp Beta.