WhatsApp crash on IOS 8 FIX – Up to three Working Methods

WhatsApp crush on IOS 8 FIXWhatsApp is one of the most popular apps(IOS and Android) in the world. You can use it for free to send messages to your friends if they have it installed on their smartphone too. This way you don’t have to use classic text messages offered by your carrier and save a little money too. The only condition is that you must have an internet connection to use it. Whatsapp was recently bought by Facebook and despite that it’s so popular, it seems that it has some issues on IOS 8 beta release.

I know it is very strange but it’s true. WhatsApp crashes on IOS 8 beta.  Why is this happening? Apparently if your Whatsapp conversation contains any of the following letter combinations “ff” , “fi” or “tt” the app will crash.  We don’t know when a permanent fix will be ready, but developer team is working on it.  Meanwhile there are a few temporary solutions for this issue, and we will provide the best 2 working methods about how to fix WhatsApp crash on IOS 8 beta

Method 1. Whatsapp crash on ios 8 FIX – editing SQLite file.

As i said, if any of the letter combinations mentioned above is found in your conversation Whatsapp will crash. All your conversation data are stored in an .sqlite file on your device. You have to edit it and insert a SPACE between character. So ff, fi and tt will become  f f , f i , and t t. Got it?

How to do that?

1.1.  The first thing you have to do is to Download iExplorer

1.2.  Next, Go and Download SQLite Database Browser

1.3. Connect your IOS device to the Computer

1.4. Open IExplorer and on the sidebar go to /Apps/Whatsapp/Documents

1.5.  Find ChatStorage.sqlite and copy this file to your Desktop

1.6. Open ChatStorage.sqlite from your Desktop using  SQLite Database Browser

1.7. Click on Execute SQL tab and insert this code:

set ZTEXT = replace( ZTEXT, 'ff', 'f f')
where ZWAMESSAGE.ZTEXT like '%ff%';
set ZTEXT = replace( ZTEXT, 'fi', 'f i')
where  ZWAMESSAGE.ZTEXT like '%fi%';
set ZTEXT = replace( ZTEXT, 'fl', 'f l')
where ZWAMESSAGE.ZTEXT like '%fl%';

1.8 Hit Execute query button and after that click the Save icon

1.9  Open IExplorer again (it should be opened already if you didn’t closed it) and copy the modified ChatStorage.sqlite from your Desktop to your IOS Device (/Apps/Whatsapp/Documents). Click on Replace if asked.

1.10 Open Whatsapp on your device and this time it should work just fine.

Method 2. Whatsapp crash on ios 8 fix – by deleting your conversations.

This method is the simplest one but requires you to delete your “buggy” conversations that contains ff, fi, tt. So if you don’t have some important data in your messages, you can use this one.  How to do that? Just simple swipe left on your thread and press Delete button. This way all the “bad” letters will disappear. 

Personally i prefer the first method because i can keep my messages, don’t waste my time deleting conversations and i don’t have to worry about this issue anymore.

Don’t let this issue stop you upgrading to IOS 8. It has a lot of cool features and you deserve to use them. I wrote about all IOS 8 new features in a previous post, so you can check it out and understand more about this operating system from Apple. It is also possible to add yourself back to a Whatsapp group after being kicked out by the admin.

Anyway there are a lot of  good IOS messaging apps you can use as Whatsapp alternative, like: Facebook messenger, Google Hangouts, Skype, LINE, Telegram and more. We’ll let you know if an official fix will be available, so come back on TechWarn.com and check it.

Jack is a tech blogger and content marketer specializing in online security and privacy. He spends his time split between Western Canada and Asia Pacific.