Where do I need to unblock WhatsApp?
At the moment, WhatsApp is fully or partially banned in China, the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Syria, North Korea, and Cuba. While their official reasons differ, almost all take issue with WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption. In other words, WhatsApp makes it much harder to spy on citizen communications.
And that’s just the long-term stuff — temporary bans crop up all time. For example, Türkiye and Brazil blocked WhatsApp in 2016 due to high-profile investigations. The risk of a sudden country-wide ban has prompted many people to seek permanent ways to unblock WhatsApp.
But the truth is, you don’t need a repressive regime to cut you off from WhatsApp. It’s already blocked in some places in your own country, like your local library, university, or office. Some ISPs even gut the app to protect their own profits — after all, you can’t put roaming charges on WhatsApp calls.