If you’re stepping away from Facebook as much as possible you’ve probably deleted your Facebook and Instagram accounts already. Read on for how to permanently delete your WhatsApp account.

Whether it’s the latest news about Facebook’s controversial practices that has you considering cutting the social media company out of your life, or you’ve been thinking about it for a while, it’s easy to delete your WhatsApp account.

Unlike Instagram where you have to delete your account from a Mac or PC, Facebook allows users to delete their WhatsApp accounts directly from the iOS or Android app.

Before you make your decision, it’s important to know that following these steps will:

  • Delete your account from WhatsApp.
  • Erase your message history.
  • Delete you from all of your WhatsApp groups.
  • Delete your Google Drive backup.

How to permanently delete your WhatsApp account

  1. Open WhatsApp on your iPhone or other smartphone
  2. Tap the vertical … in the top right corner for “More Options”
  3. Tap Settings → Account → Delete Account
  4. Enter your full phone number including international prefix
  5. Tap Delete my account

Here are a few more details about deleting your WhatsApp account from the company’s support document:

If you delete your account:

  • You can’t regain access to your account.
  • It may take up to 90 days to delete data stored in backup systems. Your information isn’t accessible on WhatsApp during this time.
  • It doesn’t affect the information other users have relating to you, such as their copy of the messages you sent them.
  • Copies of some material (e.g., log records) may remain in our database but are disassociated from personal identifiers.
  • For legal purposes (e.g., to address fraud and other illegal activity), we may preserve your information. Please refer to the Law and Protection section of our Privacy Policy for more information.
  • Your personal information shared with the other Facebook Companies will also be deleted.

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