Failing to download WhatsApp on Google Play Store? Do this to install WhatsApp app

If you are an Android user and you are failing to download WhatsApp then you are lucky to be here. We are about to show you proven methods you can try to download the WhatsApp app in Google Play Store.

Strong internet connection

The firs thing to do is to check that you have a strong Wi-Fi or mobile data connection to download and install the WhatsApp app. It’s recommended that you use Wi-Fi instead of mobile data to download WhatsApp.

Cache and data

You may also need to clear the cache & data of the Play Store if you failing to download WhatsApp. To do that, you need to:

>Open your gadget’s ‘Settings”

>And tap “Apps & notifications

>Tap “See all apps”

>Scroll down and tap “Google Play Store”

>Now tap “Storage” and then “Clear Cache”.

>The next thing is to tap “Clear data”.

>Now re-open the Play Store & try to download WhatsApp again.

Restart your device

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If the above method didn’t work out. Clear cache and data again and then restart your device.


Check to see if your device has enough storage as low storage can make downloading and installing WhatsApp impossible.

SD card

If you have configured your device’s settings in such a way that when you download new apps they get stored in the SD card then make sure that your SD card is correctly inserted

You may need to eject and insert it again and see if you are able to download WhatsApp from Google Play Store.

Cache & data from Download Manager

Clearing the cache and data of your phone’s Download Manager could also do the trick in solving the puzzle of failing to download WhatsApp. Here’s how you can do it:

>On your Android phone or tablet, open your Settings app.

>Tap “Apps and notifications” and then App info or See all apps.

>Tap “More” and then “Show system”

>Tap “Download Manager”

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>Tap “Storage or Storage & cache” and then Clear cache.

>Tap “Clear storage” and then “Clear all data” and then “OK”.

>Open the “Google Play Store”, then try to download WhatsApp again.

Play Store updates

The culprit for failing to install WhatsApp sometimes lies in the Google Play Store app. So you will be well-advised to uninstall and reinstall Google Play Store updates and then try again to download WhatsApp. Here’s how its done:

>On your Android phone or tablet, open your “Settings”

>Tap “Apps & notifications”

>Tap “Google Play Store” . If you don’t see it, tap “See all apps” or “App info”

At the top of the screen, tap “More” and then “Uninstall updates”.

> When you’re asked if you want to change the Play Store app back to the factory version, tap “OK”

> Now open the Google Play Store, then try your WhatsApp download again.


Regularly updating your phone’s software and apps not only improves performance but also fixes glitches. And some of the glitches could affect downloading WhatsApp. Here’s what you need to do to check if you the latest version of your phone’s software:

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>On your Android phone or tablet

>Open your “Settings”

>Tap “System”

>The tap “Advanced”

>Tap “System update” and check if an update is available. Download it if it is available. Bear in mind that Google Play Store for devices that run on Android 2.2 or below may not work properly.

Remove and re-add your Google account to your device

If all fails then you can try to remove your Google account from your device and then reinstall it again. Personally I don’t recommend you to do this because you can lose some information when you remove your account unless you created a backup.


If all this fails, try to clean your phone’s system with a reputable anti-malware software. The malware may have blocked permissions to download and install WhatsApp.

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