WhatsApp may sometimes throw a mysterious error message that says, “Your phone date is inaccurate! Adjust your clock and try again“. When that happens, you can’t launch the app, and you can’t access your messages. Keep on reading this guide to learn what might be causing this error and how you can fix it.
How to Fix WhatsApp Inaccurate Phone Date Error
Adjust Date and Time Settings
This error occurs when the date available on your phone conflicts with the date available on WhatsApp’s servers. Maybe you recently edited your date and time settings, or your device’s automatic time detection feature stopped working. Irrespective of the cause, go to Settings, select Date and Time settings, and let your phone set the date and time automatically.
Restart your device, and check if you can launch WhatsApp.
Update WhatsApp and Your OS
If your WhatsApp version is outdated, the app may fail to detect your current date and time settings. Additionally, if you’re running an outdated Android version, maybe your date and time settings are indeed inaccurate.
- Launch the Play Store app, search for WhatsApp and update the app.
- Go to Settings, tap System (or System & Updates), select Software Update, and install the newest Android version available for your phone.
- Restart your device, and relaunch WhatsApp.
If the issue persists, uninstall WhatsApp. Check if reinstalling a fresh copy of the app unlocks this situation.
- Launch the Google Play app, search for WhatsApp, and select the app.
- Tap the Uninstall button.
- Restart your phone, go back to Google Play and download WhatsApp again.
Alternatively, you can long-tap the WhatsApp app icon until the Uninstall option appears on the screen. Select Uninstall to remove the app.
Get a New Phone
If you own an old phone that’s not compatible with the latest Android OS versions, maybe it’s time to get a new device. As a quick reminder, WhatsApp runs on Android OS 4.0.3 and newer. Of course, the app works best on newer phone models running the latest Android version. The average lifespan of modern smartphones is three or four years. Then you won’t be able to install the newest Android updates, and you’ll encounter all sorts of glitches, including lag and app errors.
Additionally, if your device is rooted, WhatsApp may not work properly. While you can install the app on a rooted device, there’s no guarantee it will work as intended.
If you can’t use WhatsApp because of an error that says your phone date is inaccurate, update the app, and install the latest Android version. Reinstalling WhatsApp may do the trick if updating the app failed. Did you manage to fix the problem? Let us know in the comments below.