How to delete or deactivate your WhatsApp account

WhatsApp is the most popular instant messaging platform in the world and it has made it by offering a fairly seamless onboarding and usage experience. But what if you want to stop using WhatsApp? As for account deletion, permanently deleting your WhatsApp account is actually one of the easier processes. Here’s everything you need to know about permanently deactivating your WhatsApp account.

The essentials

  • WhatsApp > Settings > Account > Delete my account.
  • Deleting your account is permanent.
  • Once deleted, WhatsApp can take up to 90 days to delete all of your account information.

How to delete your WhatsApp account on your phone

While WhatsApp may have a desktop application, in order to delete your account, you must do so on your phone. The steps to say goodbye to your WhatsApp account are practically the same for iPhone as for Android. Here’s what to do:

  • Open WhatsApp and tap the three points in the top right corner to access yours settings.
  • Click on Account and then navigate to delete my account.
  • Enter your mobile phone number, including your country code, then tap DELETE MY ACCOUNT.

And that’s all there is to it. We also covered how to delete your Facebook account and Instagram account.

What happens when you delete your WhatsApp account?

Deactivating your WhatsApp account is irreversible, which means you cannot recover it once it’s gone and you have to sign up as a new user. Here are a few things to consider before deleting your account.

  • Deleting your account will delete your message history.
  • WhatsApp will remove you from all active WhatsApp groups.
  • WhatsApp will also delete your WhatsApp backup from Google Drive.
  • Once you click DELETE MY ACCOUNT, you will no longer be able to access your WhatsApp account.

How long does it take for WhatsApp to delete your information?

While you’ll lose access to your WhatsApp account immediately, WhatsApp can take up to 90 days to delete all of your information. Copies of this data may remain in backup storage even after 90 days.

WhatsApp is also transparent about keeping certain log data in its databases after account deletion. However, it states that this is separate from the user’s account and cannot be linked back. For more information about how WhatsApp uses and stores your information, see their privacy policy.

If you are trying to get rid of WhatsApp, we hope this helps you. If you have other questions, write them in the comments.

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