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WhatsApp stuck on looking for backups screen

I noticed this issue on my new Android phone, so I thought I’d share the fix for anyone else who might experience it.

When trying to Launch WhatsApp for the first time, it got stuck on the ‘looking for backups’ screen.

looking for backups






No amount of force closing or re-opening would get past this screen.

Well it turns out the issue is related to the app not having permission to your contacts.

So head into Settings -> Applications –> WhatsApp

Android Application Settings







Click the Permissions button

WhatsApps Permissions







Turn on permission for contacts.

Now go and re-open the App and it should get past that screen and work.



Have fun !