Boredom, boredom with groups, preference for other instant messaging applications like Telegram or Signal. There are as many reasons to leave WhatsApp as there are disgruntled users. This causes many to decide to uninstall this app forever from their phones.
However, removing the WhatsApp application from your mobile (whether Android or IOS) is not enough since uninstalling the WhatsApp application does not imply that your account ceases to exist. In fact, to effectively delete your WhatsApp account you need to have WhatsApp installed.
DELETE YOUR WHATSAPP ACCOUNT
To permanently delete your WhatsApp account, you must follow a series of steps that we show you below.
Enter the WhatsApp application. For that, you have to have WhatsApp installed and operational on your phone, so it is important that you do not uninstall the application yet.
In the main WhatsApp, menu click on the three dots. Select the settings option, the account option, and click delete my account.
Enter your phone number (the number you use for that WhatsApp account) and select the option to delete my account from WhatsApp.
Go to the drop-down menu and select the reason you want why you are leaving WhatsApp. You can select your real reason or anything else.
Confirm the option by clicking on delete my account.
Once you have completed all these steps, you can uninstall the WhatsApp app from your mobile phone.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DELETE MY WHATSAPP ACCOUNT?
According to the application itself, deleting your WhatsApp account entails deleting your message history and WhatsApp backup from the Google Drive cloud.
WhatsApp warns that it is an irreversible process, however, it warns that it may take up to three months from when you carry out the procedures to delete your account until this deletion becomes effective.
It may take 90 days from the start of the removal process for your WhatsApp information to be erased. Copies of your information may also be kept for 90 days in the backup storage that we use to recover data in cases of disasters. natural, software errors, or some other event of data loss. During that time, your information will not be available to you on WhatsApp, the application warns on its question page.
EVEN DELETING YOUR ACCOUNT, FACEBOOK AND WHATSAPP CAN KEEP SOME OF YOUR DATA
As the application itself warns on the FAQ page the deletion of the accounts does not imply the 100% deletion of all the data that WhatsApp (whose owner company is Facebook) has collected about you.
In this way, from WhatsApp, they warn that it is possible that we keep your information to address legal issues, breaches of conditions, or initiatives to prevent damage.
At the same time, they also point out that the copy of some materials (eg system records) may remain in our database, but detached from personal identifiers.
Likewise, WhatsApp ensures that it will also “delete personal information that is shared with other Facebook companies.
DO YOU WANT TO DELETE WHATSAPP?
If you are interested in deleting your WhatsApp account, you may be interested in taking a look at our guide to permanently delete your Facebook account.