Update: WhatsApp has confirmed to us that the issue has been resolved, so everyone should see WhatsApp in the search results on the Google Play store. This also means that if you’re on Android and want to install WhatsApp, you can now do that via Google Play Store.
In what seems to be an odd event, WhatsApp has disappeared(sort of) from the Google Play Store. Users are now reporting that the Facebook-owned instant chat messenger app no longer appears on the Play Store search results. Therefore, users who want to join WhatsApp for the first time won’t be able to install WhatsApp via Play Store, at least for now.
However, if you have previously installed the WhatsApp but uninstalled it later for some reason, you can see the app in the ‘Previously installed app’ section in the Google Play Store. Which in turn means that WhatsApp hasn’t completely disappeared from the Google Play Store and neither did Google blacklist the app. Interestingly enough, users who are currently using WhatsApp are facing a similar issue — on searching the Play Store, the only app they are seeing is WhatsApp for Business. We’ve learned that users across the world are facing the issue.
It’s worth taking note that the issue did not hamper the functionality of the WhatsApp, meaning that those who are currently running the app are facing no issues.