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whatsapp ffmpegdll not found error How to Fix WhatsApp FFMPEG.DLL Not Found Error
whatsapp ffmpegdll not found error How to Fix WhatsApp FFMPEG.DLL Not Found Error

WhatsApp is without a doubt the most popular messaging platform on the planet, and while it began as a mobile-only app, it has since evolved into an all-in-one multi-platform messaging service. This means that, in addition to its iOS and Android mobile apps, you can use WhatsApp on your desktop through its macOS, Windows, and web apps.

If you use WhatsApp on your PC frequently, you may have encountered the ‘FFMPEG.DLL Not Found’ error when trying to open the WhatsApp desktop client for Windows. The problem appears to be continuous on both Windows 11 and Windows 10 devices, and it appears whenever you start the WhatsApp program on your computer.

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WhatsApp is without a doubt the most popular messaging platform on the planet, and while it began as a mobile-only app, it has since evolved into an all-in-one multi-platform messaging service. This means that, in addition to its iOS and Android mobile apps, you can use WhatsApp on your desktop through its macOS, Windows, and web apps.

If you use WhatsApp on your PC frequently, you may have encountered the ‘FFMPEG.DLL Not Found’ error when trying to open the WhatsApp desktop client for Windows. The problem appears to be continuous on both Windows 11 and Windows 10 devices, and it appears whenever you start the WhatsApp program on your computer.

If you’ve run into the “FFMPEG.DLL Not Found” error on WhatsApp for Windows, you might want to try one of the following solutions to have it fixed right away.

 Fix #1: Using WhatsApp.exe on the older app version 

WhatsApp’s current version, app-2.2138.13, appears to coexist with the previous version, app-2.2134.10. That is clear by the fact that both folders (named after their respective app versions) are available within WhatsApp’s users directory. If you don’t want to wait for WhatsApp to repair the ‘FFMPEG.DLL Not Found’ bug, you can use the app’s earlier version on your PC instead.

For this, click on the File Explorer icon from your taskbar and go to C:\Users\<your-username>\AppData\Local\WhatsApp.

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In this folder, you will find two folders, one for both the older version (app-2.2134.10) and the new version (app-2.2138.13) of WhatsApp for Windows. Open the older version’s folder – app-2.2134.10 and launch ‘WhatsApp.exe’ from within this folder.

This should solve your ‘FFMPEG.DLL Not Found’ for now.

Create a shortcut to this version of WhatsApp if you want quick access to it. Right-click the old WhatsApp.exe file and select Send to > Desktop to create a shortcut to the old WhatsApp file on your desktop. If you already have a shortcut on your desktop, you can replace it with this one. This should allow you to access WhatsApp’s older (functioning) version without having to navigate to the original folder for this version.

 

Fix #2: Copying files from the old to the new app version

While the above fix seems to work for most users, there’s another way you can resolve WhatsApp’s ‘FFMPEG.DLL Not Found’ error and it involves getting to the same ‘WhatsApp’ folder using File Explorer as you did above. Several users have been successful at making WhatsApp work on their desktop when they copied files from its older version folder over to the new one.

To fix the ‘FFMPEG.DLL Not Found’ error using this method, open File Explorer on your computer and go to C:\Users\<USER>\AppData\Local\WhatsApp.

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Here, you’ll find two folders app-2.2134.10 (older version) and app-2.2138.13 (newer version).

First, open the ‘app-2.2134.10’ folder and select all the files inside it.

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Once selected, copy them using the ‘Ctrl + C’ keyboard command. Or right-click and select copy.

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After that, return to the previous folder, ‘WhatsApp,’ and open the ‘app-2.2138.13’ folder (newer version).

By right-clicking anywhere in this folder and selecting the ‘Paste’ option from the menu, paste the copied contents into this folder. You can also use the ‘Ctrl + V’ keyboard command to accomplish the same thing.

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If Windows asks if you want to replace the files from the older folder with those from the newer folder, choose ‘Skip”. Only the files from the older version that were not present in the new version’s folder will be copied.

You can now use the default WhatsApp shortcut on your desktop or the ‘WhatsApp.exe’ file from the ‘app-2.2138.13’ folder to launch the program.

WhatsApp should now work on Windows without any problems.

That’s all there is to it when it comes to correcting FFMPEG.

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