What is the red exclamation mark that appears in WhatsApp messages and what can you do to make it disappear

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Despite being the messaging application par excellence and probably the one we use the most on our mobile phones, WhatsApp continues to have secrets and raises doubts with some of its messages and functions (which, on the other hand, do not stop growing). Beyond the emojis, stickers and GIFs, there is an icon that appears from time to time in your chats that you should worry about and take action: the red exclamation point in your WhatsApp messages. If you are not very clear about what it is, why it appears and what to do in those cases, keep reading.

What does the red exclamation mark mean after the message in WhatsApp

You are having a conversation with someone, either in a private or group chat, and suddenly in a specific message (it can be a text, a photo, a video, a voice) that you have just sent a red exclamation point appears immediately after sending the message instead of the usual check, double check and the popular blue double check.

What does that red exclamation point mean? That the message has not been sent and that WhatsApp expects you to make a decision about what to do with the message. Simply click on the question mark to view the options.

Among the available options, the one that interests us the most if we want the message to reach the other person is “send the message again“. Otherwise, if the message no longer makes sense (for example because the time has passed), you can cancel the message.


The red exclamation mark still appears. It may happen that even though you choose forwarding, the red exclamation mark still appears in the message, which means that the message could not be sent. This can be due to various reasons, such as not having an internet connection, not having permissions to send messages (in a group), or temporary technical problems in the application or directly, WhatsApp being down.

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