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How to deactivate WhatsApp account temporarily or permanently

Though WhatsApp has clarified that those who have not accepted its new privacy policy can still continue using the platform, there are many who wants to shift to its alternatives like Signal and Telegram.

Social media platforms played a vital role in helping people connect with each other and share each other’s pain, grief during this coronavirus pandemic. These platforms also helped many patients and their attendants seek help and vital information about the availability of oxygen cylinders to remdesivir injections, to availability of an ICU bed. And no doubt, WhatsApp was one of the most used platforms among them.

Popular messaging platform WhatsApp has played a vital role in helping people amid the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the world.  When people had to practice social distancing and avoid going out, it connected people virtually and that eventually became a trend thereafter.

Though, WhatsApp has recently garnered flakes over its controversial privacy policies which revealed the kind of data the platform collects and shares with its parent company Facebook. The policy has come into effect since May 15.

There are millions who have accepted its privacy policy. Though there are millions still left who are not convinced and are skeptical about this privacy policy. So here is the good news. WhatsApp has assured that users will continue to use the app even if they haven’t accepted the new privacy policy.

This dilemma over WhatsApp’s new privacy policy led to the migration of many users to alternate platforms such as Signal and Telegram. And there are many who may still want to shift to other platforms even though WhatsApp has cleared that they can continue using the app without accepting the new privacy policy.

If you still think that you want to deactivate your WhatsApp account temporarily or are looking forward to deleting your account, then here is the step-by-step guide to delete your WhatsApp account permanently.

Here’s how to delete a WhatsApp account:

Step 1: Open WhatsApp account

Step 2: Head over to Settings menu > Account > Delete my account

Step 3: Enter your mobile number in the full international format and select the Delete my Account option

Step 4: Select a reason as to why you wish to delete the account

Step 5: Tap on the Delete my Account option

WhatsApp notes that “it may take up to 90 days from the beginning of the deletion process to delete your WhatsApp information.”

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