WhatsApp is one of the most popular social media platforms worldwide right now. This platform makes communicating with your friends and family so much easier and more efficient. But, there might be reasons that you might wish to get rid of it may be due to it only working based on your phone number, sharing information with Facebook, due to the Facebook outage, and many more.
Well, you are lucky because WhatsApp allows you to delete the WhatsApp account. By doing this, you can get rid of your account and no one on the platform will be able to access you via the app. You will also not be displayed as a friend on WhatsApp and your profile will not be displayed as well.
If you are unaware of how to delete the WhatsApp account, worry no more because, with this article, we have you covered.
How to Backup WhatsApp?
The first thing you must do before proceeding to delete the WhatsApp account is back up your account so that you will have access to the chats, media, and other files shared on WhatsApp even after account deletion. You can do so:
On Android: To backup WhatsApp on Android, click on Three dots> Settings>Chats>Chat Backup. Click on ‘Backup to Google drive‘ to select how often you want to backup data. Then, hit ‘Backup’.
On iPhone: To backup WhatsApp on iPhone, go to settings of your phone and proceed to iCloud. Toggle on the switch for WhatsApp.
After that, go to WhatsApp and Settings>Chats>Chat Backup. Turn on the ‘Auto Backup’ option.
How to Delete the WhatsApp Account?
The most important thing you must remember before you proceed to delete your WhatsApp account is that once done, you will not be able to reactivate WhatsApp again. You will have to create a new account and all your data from previous sessions and account will be deleted permanently as well. So, you are suggested to back your account up. You can delete your WhatsApp account by:
1. Using Android
2. Using iPhone
1. Using Android
To delete the WhatsApp account permanently using your android phone, follow the given steps:
1. Open WhatsApp on your android and click on the ‘Three dots’.
2. Select the ‘Settings’ option.
3. Click on ‘Account’.
4. Select the ‘Delete my account’ option.
5. Enter your number and select ‘Delete My Account’.
6. Select a reason for your deletion and put in recommendations/reasons if you wish to.
7. Select ‘Delete My Account’.
8. To confirm, select ‘Delete My Account’ again.
Your account will have been deleted.
2. Using iPhone
To delete the WhatsApp account permanently using your iPhones, follow the given steps:
1. Open WhatsApp on your phone and go to ‘Settings’.
2. Select the ‘Account’ option.
3. Select ‘Delete My Account’.
4. Enter your phone number and click on ‘Delete My Account’.
5. Your account will have been deleted.
In this way, you can delete the WhatsApp account using your iPhone.
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How to deactivate WhatsApp?
As of now, there is no method for you to deactivate WhatsApp provided by the platform. But, if you do not want to use it for some time, you can take a break and Force stop the app rather than deleting your account. To do so:
1. Go to the ‘Settings’ of your phone.
2. Click on ‘Apps or App Management ’.
3. Select ‘WhatsApp’.
4. Click on ‘Force Stop’.
5. Confirm to Force stop.
The app will have been stopped. The app will now stop working and you will not get any messages in the app. You can undo it anytime you like.
Hence, by using the steps mentioned above in the article, you can now delete the WhatsApp account. Make sure that you decide if you want to do so first or not then backup the data if you think you will need them in the future. You can also force stop it instead of you only wanting a break.
Hope this article was helpful and cleared your doubts. Feel free to leave comments in case of any queries.