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How to disable or delete your Whatsapp account


Whatsapp is one of the world’s most used instant messaging application. It has been estimated to have up 1billion downloads on playstore. 
To me I don’t see any reason for someone to delete or disable their Whatsapp, except in extreme cases like theft or misplaced smartphone. 
In this article I’ll be showing you how you can disable or delete your Whatsapp. 

Note if you must carry out this process ensure you have a backup plan like having a new phone you want to transfer data to. 

Deleting an account on WhatsApp
This option is valid for those who want to remove their account from active service. If you choose to delete it, contacts, chat history, and all past activities will be deleted from WhatsApp, including any pending backups. Basically, all of these will disappear:

WhatsApp groups and contacts
Message history
Any Synchronized contacts will be disconnected from the app
Google Drive backups
Now that you understand and still wish to burn your WhatsApp bridges, follow the steps below to go about it:

In WhatsApp, go to Settings > Account > Delete my account
Confirm your choice by pressing Delete my account

It is possible to simply transfer your account to a new number if you have a new phone ready and waiting.

How to disable an account on WhatsApp
If your phone has been stolen, perhaps the most viable option to disable WhatsApp is through your carrier, i.e., by blocking the SIM card. If you are unable to do this for whatever reason, you can disable your account directly with WhatsApp. Also, blocking your SIM card does not stop WhatsApp from working over Wi-Fi, so it’s an incomplete solution.

To disable your WhatsApp account, you need to send an email to WhatsApp. Your account will be deactivated soon after you send the email. You can reactivate your account via SMS or a phone call, as you would normally, once you have a new phone. If you do not reactivate your account within 30 days, it will be permanently deleted.

To deactivate your WhatsApp account, follow these steps:

Use an email client (Yahoo, Gmail, Outlook or any other) to send a message to the following address: support@whatsapp.com;
The email subject should be: “Lost/Stolen: Please deactivate my account”;
In the email body, put: “Lost/Stolen: Please deactivate my account (your phone number in full international format) ex. +234xxxxxxxxx for Nigeria and +44xxxxxxxx for UK. 

Once you’ve written the email out correctly, send it off and wait for you account to be deactivated. It is recommended that you don’t send multiple emails with the same request. Where necessary, the app support team will get in touch with you. Remember, you have 30 days to reactivate your account before it is permanently deleted.

Let’s us know if you have ever had any reason to deactivate an account! 


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