How To Deactivate, Delete WhatsApp Accounts

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At the moment, WhatsApp occupies a leading position among messaging services in the world thanks to its ease of use and convenience. However, there are some situations when you may want to delete your WhatsApp account, for instance, when your Android smartphone has been stolen or broken. In this article, we offer you two ways to deactivate or delete your account. 

How to delete your WhatsApp account

If you want to delete your WhatsApp account from the service, then this option is for you. By deleting the WhatsApp account you remove the message history, contact list and groups, Google Drive backups, and all the synchronized contacts. In such a way, you should think before making such a commitment or at least save the contacts that you need elsewhere.

To delete the WhatsApp account:

  1. Open WhatsApps and go to Settings.
  2. Choose Account and Delete my account.
  3. Confirm your decision by selecting Delete my account.

On the right image, you can see that you can transfer your contacts by entering a new phone number.

How to deactivate your WhatsApp account

The best option for you if your phone has been stolen is to deactivate your WhatsApp account by blocking the SIM card. But, if you cannot do so for a certain reason, you have an option of deactivating your account with WhatsApp. Also, you should remember that even if you block your SIM card, WhatsApp will continue to work over Wi-Fi, so we still recommend you to deactivate it separately.

What you need to deactivate your account is to send an email to WhatsApp, and your account will be disabled soon after you do this step. If you need to bring back your account you can achieve that by a phone call or SMS when you purchase the new phone. But, remember that you can only reactivate your account within 30 days, as it will be permanently deleted after this period.

If you need to disable your account, you should:

  1. Choose an email client (Outlook, Gmail, etc.) and send a message to the [email protected] address.
  2. In the subject of the email, type: Stolen (or Lost): Please deactivate my account.
  3. Afterward, in the email body you should also state: Stolen (or Lost): Please deactivate my account (and enter your phone number in the international format).

Writing a quick email to WhatsApp support to deactivate your account

Now all you have to do is wait for the app support team to deal with your request to disable your account.

Deactivate your WhatsApp account in case of any incidents

As you can see, both ways of deleting and deactivating your WhatsApp account are easy to follow, so you should not have any problems in the process. If something happens to your phone, we recommend you to deal with the WhatsApp account as soon as possible, especially if your phone has been stolen. Do not forget that you have 30 days to reactivate your account if your change your mind.  


Antonio Neri


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  • T
    5 years ago
    Nice tutorial, thanks. After deactivating and uninstalling WhatsApp, do the same with Facebook Messenger, and start using a secure IM (like Threema or Signal).
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