WhatsApp will then start sending “persistent reminders.” Once this starts, users won’t be able to access their WhatsApp chat list and they will only be able to answer or make incoming voice or video calls. You will be able to read or reply to messages when a WhatsApp notification hits your phone.
The below-mentioned steps are for Android phones. You can follow the same steps for iOS too. Once you delete it, you won’t be able to access your Whatsapp account. The Facebook-owned company says it takes up to 90 days to delete your WhatsApp information.
Step 1: You first need to open WhatsApp and tap on the three-dotted icon, which is located on the top right corner.
Step 2: Tap on Settings, visit the Account section and then tap on Delete my account option.
Step 3: You then will be required to enter your mobile number and tap on Delete My Account.
Step 4: You will be asked to select a reason for why you want to delete your account in the dropdown.
Step 5: Tap on Delete my account.
You export all your personal chats to any third-party app. All you need to do is open the chat of an individual, and tap on the three-dotted button. You then need to tap again on More and select Export chat. Here, you will be asked if you also want to include all the files, photos, videos and other media you exchanged with your friend. Once you tap on ‘Include media,’ you get the option to export chat to Google Drive, Gmail, or to any other app.
Several users have already switched to other messaging apps, including Telegram and Signal. Currently, these are the two trusted messaging apps that you can consider trying right now. It is important to note that Telegram offers end-to-end encryption for only secret chats and one-on-one video or voice calls. Those concerned about security will have to enable the secret chat mode if the user wants to make use of end-to-end encryption. Telegram’s founder Pavel Durov has already explained why the app does not offer end-to-end encryption for all the chats. This is to allow these chats to be backed up in Telegram’s own secure cloud storage. You can read more about it here.
Alternatively, you can install Signal, which is also a private messaging app. This is one of the best apps when it comes to privacy features. Signal also offers end-to-end encryption for all the chats. Unlike WhatsApp, Signal does not support third-party backups and all the data is stored locally on your device. It can be accessed across different platforms – Android, iOS, iPad, Mac, Windows and Linux.