The latest changes in the WhatsApp policy require you to share your information (personal data) with other Facebook and its family companies. With effect from February 8, WhatsApp will demand its users to either accept the terms or will lock their accounts. Moreover, you cannot choose to disagree with this new policy unless you are residing in a European Union country. So, if you are not willing to share your personal information through this intrusive policy and want to delete your WhatsApp account, we have got your back with our step-to-step guide.
Also, we have mentioned different sets of steps for Android, iOS, and KaiOS (JioPhone) users. You just need to scroll through your part depending upon your device to learn the procedure to delete your WhatsApp account.
How to Delete WhatsApp Account on Android?
Open WhatsApp; on the top-right corner, you will see a three-vertical-dot icon, click on it, and select the Settings option from the dropdown.
Now, tap on the Account option on the Settings screen. Tap on the last option from the list, that is, Delete my account.
On the Delete my account page, you will need to confirm your WhatsApp contact number. Type in your WhatsApp phone number, and now you have to click on the Delete my account button.
As you click the Delete my Account button, WhatsApp will now ask you the reason for deleting the account. You can select any of the reasons from the dropdown, or you can click on Other and specify your reason. Now you have to tap on Delete my account twice. Now, you can go ahead and uninstall the application from your mobile device as your WhatsApp account is deleted.
How to Delete WhatsApp Account on iOS?
Open WhatsApp, and from the bottom-right corner, switch to Settings. Choose the Account option on the Settings screen. Tap on the last option from the list, that is, Delete my account.
On the Delete my account page, you will need to confirm your WhatsApp contact number. Type in your WhatsApp phone number, and now you have to click on the Delete my account button. Once you are done with this procedure, you can go ahead and uninstall the application.
How to Delete WhatsApp Account on KaiOS?
For JioPhone users (or users with devices running on KaiOS), these are the steps to delete WhatsApp account:
Open WhatsApp, and on the right side, choose the Options button. On this page, you have to navigate to Settings, Account, and then choose the option Delete my Account.
Now, you are required to enter your WhatsApp phone number; you can press Delete and then again press the Delete button. Now the WhatsApp account deletion process will be completed, as requested.
What’s next when you complete the WhatsApp account deletion process?
After deleting the WhatsApp account, there is no way to access it again. It can take up to 90 days to complete the process of deleting your WhatsApp account. Your messages sent in groups and chats will remain as is; however, your data shared with Facebook and its family companies will be deleted.
Also, WhatsApp has stated on its FAQ page that a few details such as log records may not be removed from the database; moreover, this data is not related to personal information. Furthermore, they have clarified that they may store your information for purposes, including violation of terms, legal issues, and efforts for harm prevention.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Why am I supposed to delete my WhatsApp account?
2. Are there any better alternatives for WhatsApp?
Yes, Signal and Telegram are the two alternatives for WhatsApp. These applications offer numerous advanced features, and hence, these are better than WhatsApp. Also, just to add, for end-to-end encryption, WhatsApp uses Signal’s algorithm.
3. If I uninstall the application, will my WhatsApp account be deleted?
No, uninstalling the application will not delete your WhatsApp account; you can do it through the Settings option in the WhatsApp application.
4. Is there any privacy-friendly substitute for WhatsApp?
We would suggest you switch to Signal, as this application honors your privacy concerns while keeping you connected with your closed ones.
5. If I delete my WhatsApp account, then what will happen with my data shared with other Facebook companies.?
Your data shared with other Facebook companies will be deleted as you delete your account.
We hope we were here of some help for you to escape those barriers to your privacy established by WhatsApp. Also, there are many other applications that cater to the same features; you may want to try out the alternatives mentioned above. Now you are aware of how to safeguard your data!