I’m using the:
- latest version of CalyxOS
- latest version of Orbot for Android from F-Droid via the Guradian Project’s repo
It looks like WhatsApp doesn’t like some exit nodes. It’ll frequently act as if it can’t connect, even though Orbot has established a connection. This is usually (but not always) fixed by restarting the connection to Orbot. Force quitting the app does not remediate the problem.
Other notes related to setup:
- Firewall set to only allow “VPN” (Orbot) and mobile data for WhatsApp (curiously enough, this issue wasn’t present until after I enabled this firewall restriction, so my guess is that WhatsApp was able to bypass Orbot, because the Orbot “VPN” isn’t in lockdown mode via system settings)