Why won’t these WhatsApp policy agreements go away?
WhatsApp has sent periodic reminders to its users about the privacy changes, but for now, you can dismiss the notifications and continue using the app without agreeing to the changes.
However, according to WhatsApp, “After a period of several weeks, the reminder people receive will eventually become persistent.” This will happen at different times for all users in the coming weeks.
When will I fully lose access to WhatsApp?
After a few weeks of truncated app features, users will be fully locked out of WhatsApp—including notifications and incoming calls—until they accept the privacy agreement. WhatsApp does not say how long it will take for this to happen.
What happens to my account then?
While WhatsApp will not immediately delete your account for not accepting the agreement, said account will technically be “inactive” once you lose access to the app. After 120 days of inactivity, your account will be flagged for deletion. Deleted accounts and message data cannot be recovered.
WhatsApp users have two options: First, you can of course accept the new privacy agreement and keep using WhatsApp. You’re free to do so at any time as long as your account is still active—but accepting sooner means avoiding service interruptions.
To save WhatsApp messages (Android or iOS)
- Open a chat thread.
- Tap the chat’s name at the top of the screen to open the menu.
- Scroll down to “Export Chat.” You can select to include the media attachments in your backup, or only backup text data.
- Repeat for any other messages you want to save.
To request your account data (Android or iOS)
- Go to Settings > Account > Request Account Info.
- WhatsApp will contact you within three days with your downloadable data report.