About "Waiting for this message. This may take a while."

At times, you might see the above message in place of what you were sent from a contact.
Due to end-to-end encryption, you might need to wait for someone's message to arrive because their phone needs to come online.

This might be because:

  • You or your contact aren't using the latest version of WhatsApp.
  • You or your contact might've recently reinstalled WhatsApp.
  • The message was sent while you were offline and by the time you got back online, the contact was offline.
  • The message wasn’t delivered to you. In this case, please ask your contact to resend the message.

To speed up this process:

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