Are you connected to a Wi-Fi network, but WhatsApp is stubbornly using mobile data? Are you getting the message notification that “WhatsApp is using mobile data because the current WiFi is blocking the app”?
In this article, we’ll explain why this error message occurs and how you can fix it.
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Why is this message shown?
The above error message usually occurs because WhatsApp is blocked by your router.
How to solve this problem?
How you solve the problem depends largely on whether you have access to the settings of your router or its firewall.
If you have access to router firewall settings
If you have access to your router’s firewall settings, make sure that the WhatsApp application is not on a “blocked” list or similar. Alternatively, make sure the ports mentioned on this website are open.
If you don’t have access to firewall settings
This situation usually occurs when using a foreign network, e.g. at school, university or work. In such cases, it’s not uncommon for WhatsApp or even social media and other “recreational” apps to be blocked by the network administrator.
Still, you don’t have to give up using WiFi instead of mobile data with these networks, thanks to Shellfire.
Just download our free VPN software and install it on your cell phone. As soon as you connect to one of our servers, WhatsApp should work as usual.
With our VPN connection, your traffic will also be fully encrypted, so you’ll be navigating the web much more securely than before.
Mobile data is precious and it’s annoying when WhatsApp has to fall back on that because the local WiFi is blocking the app.
However, thanks to the tips in this article, you now know how to unblock WhatsApp in your home network, or even effectively bypass a WhatsApp block in a foreign Wi-Fi network.
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