You Cannot Use WhatsApp In These 3 Countries

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WhatsApp is the world’s most most used instant messaging app. With about 1.6 billion users, WhatsApp is used in 190 countries. However, while many individual and businesses enjoy the benefits of WhatsApp in their countries, the instant messaging platform is not available in some countries and some of its features are restricted in certain countries. We take a look at some countries that have banned WhatsApp or where you can’t use some features of the app.


WhatsApp was censored/blocked by the Chinese Government sometime in 2017 and since then it hasn’t been been uncensored. Reports say that since WhatsApp was censored, users have been receiving messages late and not in real time.

Some believe that the service was censored in the country due to its strong encryption features which limits the Chinese government’s ability to snoop into it’s citizen’s chats.

On the other hand, other reports say that the Chinese Government censored WhatsApp in the country to promote the use of WeChat, which it can snoop.

North Korea

In North Korea as well, WhatsApp services is blocked. Reports have it that the app’s end-to-endencryption limits the ability of the government to keep track of communications in the country.

If you’ve got plans to visit any of the countries listed above, perhaps for vacation or work, you should research some alternative apps other than WhatsApp. Some folks use VPNs to evade the bans and restrictions.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

When in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), you can not make video or voice calls via WhatsApp. This is because the UAE wants to promote telecommunication services based in the country and ultimately increase the country’s fiscus.

Update: Initially, we had said that WhatsApp was blocked in Iran & Syria but we later found out that it’s not.

Also read: 5 Sites To Download Latest Versions Of GB WhatsApp


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  1. Mr pasha

    i am in iran and i can use WhatsApp !

  2. Marwa

    The information here is wrong. People in Syria are allowed to use Whatsapp with normal voice and video calls as well.

    Stop posting fake news.

    1. Tushar Mehtre

      Yah this is fake news

    2. Alvine Chaparadza

      Hi.Thanks I’ve updated the article

  3. Imi Vanhu Musadaro

    You can make audio and video calls from the UAE, as well.

    1. Alvine Chaparadza
      1. Imi Vanhu Musadaro

        There’s nothing to argue about here. I am talking from experience, not from hearsay. Ask someone who has been there recently. Or, even better, ask someone who is currently there. So that you don’t claim, things could have changed since I was last there.

        1. Anonymous

          It is blocked in UAE. Not WhatsApp but call n video chatting thru WA. There might be exception, when ppl use VPN or other methods, all of which are also banned. I live in Dubai.

    2. Anonymous

      Using VPN


    In Dubai now, this article is not true all.

    1. Anon

      It is entirely true. WhatsApp calls are not allowed in Dubai

  5. Hani Studio

    Good knowledge

  6. Hani Studio

    Good knowledge keep it up

  7. Milad Forouzan

    It’s a completely fake news…
    I’ve some friends in these countries and they also use what’s app…

    1. Anonymous

      They use VPN to go pass the censoring.

  8. Lucky Chinedu

    How true is that, because I teach people how to use WhatsApp in any country over here and I have not heard about this before. I have many indian friend and we chat real time.

    But keep it up bro, nice work your doing

  9. Chinedu Lucky

    I don’t think this is true. I have many friends living in those countries and we chat regularly with whatsapp

    1. Anonymous

      China ppl use VPN for whatsapp whereas in UAE you can chat but can’t use Voice Call of Whatsapp

  10. Anonymous

    Im from iran and i know that’s not banned in iran

  11. Anonymous

    Also in qatar you cannot make phone calls from whatsapp