WhatsApp finally came out to clear the air about not deleting its users for not agreeing with its terms and conditions. The chat app however emphasise that users eventually have to agree with the terms updates.
Failure to agree with the terms and conditions, you won’t be able to access your chat list, but you can still answer incoming phone and video calls.
What happens on the effective date?
No one will have their accounts deleted or lose functionality of WhatsApp on May 15th because of this update.
For the last several weeks we’ve displayed a notification in WhatsApp providing more information about the update. After giving everyone time to review, we’re continuing to remind those who haven’t had the chance to do so to review and accept. After a period of several weeks, the reminder people receive will eventually become persistent.
What happens after I receive a persistent reminder?
At that time, you’ll encounter limited functionality on WhatsApp until you accept the updates. This will not happen to all users at the same time.
- You won’t be able to access your chat list, but you can still answer incoming phone and video calls. If you have notifications enabled, you can tap on them to read or respond to a message or call back a missed phone or video call.
- After a few weeks of limited functionality, you won’t be able to receive incoming calls or notifications and WhatsApp will stop sending messages and calls to your phone.
- You can export your chats and download a report of your account on your own. If you need help downloading a report of your account or deleting your account, you can contact us here.
WhatsApp won’t delete your account if you don’t accept the update.
- Keep in mind that separately, our existing policy related to inactive users will apply.
- If you’d like to delete your account on Android, iPhone, or KaiOS, we hope you reconsider. Deleting your account is something we can’t reverse as it erases your message history, removes you from all of your WhatsApp groups, and deletes your WhatsApp backups.