WhatsApp Stopped Working on M1 Mac – Solution to Fix the Issue

If you spend more time on a desktop or laptop, then using WhatsApp on the desktop/laptop might be more convenient than using it on a mobile device. For that purpose, WhatsApp has already released the native Windows and Mac versions of WhatsApp, and this user can use WhatsApp on their Windows desktop or laptop, also on Mac devices like Mac Book, Mac Mini, etc.

However, we recently saw that many people complain that the official WhatsApp is not working correctly on the M1 Mac. On M1 Mac, the native WhatsApp app keeps stopping frequently.

In this artcile, we will check what WhatsApp keeps stopping on Mac M1 and how to fix the WhatsApp not working issue on the M1 Mac.

Why does WhatsApp keep stopping on Mac M1?

The issue of WhatsApp keeps stopping appearing on mostly Mac Mini, Mac Book, iMac that uses the Apple M1 chip. If you install WhatsApp on your Mac machine, initially, it might work without any issue. However, after some days, the app won’t open normally, and hence you cannot use the same anymore.

The issue is due to the native version itself. In recent times, we can see that most application for the mac is available in two versions, one is the Intel version, and the other is the M1 version. Since Mac is available these days with two chipsets, the application also needs to be optimized for Intel and the M1 chip devices.

Unfortunately, WhatsApp didn’t release the native M1 version of the application yet, and hence we need to use the generic version of WhatsApp on both Intel and M1 Mac. This makes the issue, and therefore the application may sometimes not work correctly on the M1 version of Mac.

How to Fix the WhatsApp not working issue on Mac M1 version

The exact fix for the case of WhatsApp keeps stoping on M1 mac is by having a dedicated M1 version of WhatsApp to be released by WhatsApp itself. However, we need to wait, and we can’t do it from our end. Hence you can consider the following fixes to solve the issue from your end itself.

1. Reinstall WhatsApp on your Mac Machine

The quick fix to solve the WhatsApp not opening an issue on Mac is by reinstalling the same. You need to uninstall or delete WhatsApp from the Mac device and download and install the app again on your System.

Once installed, you need to log in to your WhatsApp account again, and thus the issue will get solved. If the same problem happens again after a few weeks, you can reinstall WhatsApp again. However, if you are experiencing the WhatsApp not opening issue too frequently, then uninstalling and Installing WhatsApp won’t be the best method.

2. Use WhatsApp Web on your Browser

Another best way to permanently fix the issue is by using WhatsApp’s WhatsApp web version. You can open the WhatsApp web on any browser as per your choice and can log in to the WhatsApp account. If you use WhatsApp web on your desktop/laptop, you can chat with your contact without any issue.

Another great thing about WhatsApp web is that you won’t need to install any application on your device; hence, the native WhatsApp software issue won’t be seen with WhatsApp web. You can use the web version for chatting, sending files, watching WhatsApp status, etc.

On the other side, there are some downsides to the WhatsApp web. It would help if you kept your browser window open while using WhatsApp. Also, WhatsApp voice and video calls won’t work on the WhatsApp web.

3. Using Unite To Create WhatsApp on Mac

Another good option to use WhatsApp on a Mac machine is using the Native Mac app-building app like Unite 4. Using the Unite 4 app, you can create a native WhatsApp for your Mac device using the web app creation tool

Once the app is created, you can use the WhatsApp web version as a standalone app like regular apps. The main advantage of using Unite 4 is that you can enjoy a native app-like experience using the web version. The actual application size is much lesser than the original WhatsApp.

Another good thing is that you won’t keep running the browser all the time while using WhatsApp using Unite 4. It will run in the background since it works as a standalone app. As we saw in the WhatsApp web app, you won’t make and receive voice and video calls while using the Unite App.


The tips mentioned above and tricks can fix the WhatsApp not opening an issue on the Mac. However, the native official fix for the app can be done only by releasing the dedicated M1 version of WhatsApp for the Mac Machine. We can expect the same in the coming months.

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