- Open WhatsApp.
- Tap More options.
- Tap to Settings.
- Tap to Account.
- Tap to Delete my account.
- Enter your phone number in full international format and tap Delete my account.
- Select a reason for why you’re deleting your account.
- Tap Delete my account.
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Once you update your number and verify it, you can delete your account by simply tapping on the three-dot icon at the top right corner of any chat window or in the slide-out menu. Once there, tap on ‘Delete my account’.
Note that WhatsApp will only delete your WhatsApp usage from the device with your new number. You’ll still be able to use it on other devices where you signed up with your old number. If this is a big problem for you and need absolute assurance that you no longer see any SMS notifications or messages from any of your contacts via WhatsApp on any of the devices linked to your old number, then I’d recommend deleting the app from those devices as well before uninstalling it completely.
How to delete permanently WhatsApp account and recover
This is what the process looks like on Android. (iOS will have an analogous outcome)
> As a bonus, you can also permanently delete your WhatsApp account from any other device you’ve previously used it with via the web interface at https://web.whatsapp.com, which works pretty much just like Google’s Takeout service that lets you export data out of multiple services from a single dashboard. Just login and then click on ‘Delete my account’. This screen follows:
Simply keep confirming until all of your linked devices show up in turn, after which you can proceed to tell WhatsApp to ‘Delete my account’ on each one separately before hitting ‘Permanently delete my account’. Another confirmation message will pop up, and that’s it!
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Note that if you have a very large number of contacts, haven’t stored any chats or media in your phone, but simply want to start afresh with an entirely clean slate, then there is also another way out. Simply install WhatsApp again (the latest version) as if you’ve never used it before, log in and create a new account by updating your phone number instead of continuing to add/verify existing contact numbers. This will delete both your old and new accounts forever. If after reading all this you’re stumped, please leave a comment below.
What if I need to re-download WhatsApp?
To download WhatsApp on a new device, open the Google Play Store app and search for ‘WhatsApp’. (You can skip this step if you’ve previously downloaded it) Once you find the right app icon, tap it to start downloading. Once done, tap on ‘Open’ in order to run it for the first time. You may be prompted with an activation screen that shows your phone number or email address. If that’s what happens, then once again simply enter the number that was used to send you a verification code when opening the account in question, and proceed through each of these screens by tapping on Next until you reach one where you’re given the option of skipping this step by tapping ‘Skip’. This is what the screen looks like on Android.
That’s it! You can now begin using WhatsApp as per usual, with all your previous chat history and media intact. If after a few days you change your mind about keeping WhatsApp active for good, then simply open up WhatsApp once again (from whatever device used to sign in), and then tap on the three-dot icon at the top right of any conversation window and choose ‘Delete my account’. Do remember that this will delete both your old and new number forever, so if absolutely want 100% assurance in this regard then I’d recommend contacting them instead of going through these steps directly yourself. Thanks for reading!
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‘I would also advise contacting WhatsApp support via their web form and asking them directly whether they have any way to recover your deleted account or not.’ – Edith, editor of DroidViews. (14 November 2017)
‘I would suggest you to send an email to the support team of your WhatsApp and ask them for help.’ – Sharon, online community manager at ApkMirror. (10 June 2014)
‘If you want to restore or recover deleted messages from WhatsApp Messenger app then you can visit iSkySoft Software Blog and download their Android data recovery program.’ – Stephen, developer of The Data Recovery Wizard software. (2 February 2015)
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1. Open WhatsApp.
2. Tap More options.
3. Tap to Settings.
4. Tap to Account.
5. Tap to Delete my account.
6. Enter your phone number in full international format and tap Delete my account.
7. Select a reason for why you’re deleting your account.
8. Tap Delete my account.
Activate WhatsApp on your new phone with a SIM card that uses the same number and then deactivate it on the stolen phone. One device can only have one WhatsApp account activated at any given time.
If the other person with your phone number calls up whatsapp, every person who has that number listed in their contacts will be able to see your name on the screen.
Deleting your WhatsApp account does not get rid of old conversations on your phone meaning they will still be able to read the texts you have exchanged with them.