With the recent changes to WhatsApp’s terms of service, many users are leaving WhatsApp for other messaging apps. However, as long as your account exists, Facebook still holds onto your data. In this article, we’ll go through how to delete your WhatsApp account and keep your personal information safe.
- You’ll need to delete your WhatsApp account to keep your data private.
- You can delete your account on both iOS and Android.
- Your messages will only be recoverable with a local backup.
- You’ll lose your Google Drive or iCloud backup when WhatsApp deletes your account.
If you’re planning on deleting your WhatsApp account, but you still want to message people online, then you should check out our list of the best WhatsApp alternatives. There are plenty of secure options that can keep you in touch with your friends without invading your privacy.
Yes, if you go into your account settings and tap “delete my account,” you’ll get the option to permanently delete your WhatsApp account. You will need to enter your phone number to confirm it, but once you’ve done that, you can delete WhatsApp from your phone, knowing that your data is safe.
Yes, you can reactivate your WhatsApp account by simply reinstalling it and entering your information. However, if you want to access your old messages, you’ll need to have a backup available. WhatsApp removes Google Drive and iCloud backups when you delete your account, so your backup needs to be a local one or stored on a different cloud storage service.
To delete someone else’s account, you would need access to their unlocked smartphone, so this isn’t a likely scenario. However, if you could access the device, all you need to delete a WhatsApp account is to be in the app on the connected device and know the associated phone number.
How to Delete Your WhatsApp Account Permanently
Before you delete your WhatsApp account, you should create a new local backup because WhatsApp will delete your iCloud or Google Drive backup with your account. You can do this by following our guide on how to backup WhatsApp and copying the WhatsApp folder with the msgstore.db.crypt file to a safe place.
Although we used an Android smartphone, you can pretty much follow the same steps on iOS, just skip step one. Go to “settings” and click on “account,” then click on “delete my account” and finally, enter your phone number.
- Tap the Three Dots
Open WhatsApp and tap the three dots in the top-right corner to open the dropdown menu.
- Go Into the “Settings”
Tap “settings” to access various options within WhatsApp.
- Go Into Your Account Settings
Tap “account” to find privacy and security settings, including the “delete my account” page.
- Select “Delete My Account”
Tap “delete my account” to open the account deletion page.
- Enter Your Phone Number
Enter your phone number before you tap “delete my account.”
- Tap “Delete My Account”
Tap the “delete my account” button to confirm you want to delete your WhatsApp account.
After deleting your account, WhatsApp will remove all of your message history, groups, contacts and personal information attached to it. Although anything that is already on your phone will stay there, and Facebook might keep some of the data it already has, WhatsApp can’t collect any new information, as the account no longer exists.
What Happens When You Delete Your WhatsApp Account?
When you delete your account, a few things will happen. Most of these are permanent, as WhatsApp will remove everything from its servers. However, you can get your messages back if you have a local backup of the data.
- It will start to remove your account from WhatsApp’s servers.
- It will erase your message history.
- It will remove you from any WhatsApp groups.
- It will delete any backups on Google Drive or iCloud.
Deleting your WhatsApp account isn’t difficult, and although it may take Facebook up to 90 days to delete your data, doing so will prevent them from taking any more. It might also encourage your friends and family to move to a more private messaging app, although you should check that they do a chat backup in case they want to access their old messages at a later date.
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