If you want to continue using WhatsApp, you need to accept the new terms and conditions. If you do not wish to, WhatsApp too, suggests deleting your account.
Those users who have already accepted the new terms and conditions, but do not want WhatsApp to share data with Facebook, or other businesses, have an additional 30 days to opt out and delete their account.
What happens when you delete your account?
WhatsApp says that when you delete your account, your undelivered messages are deleted from its servers along with any of your other information. However, users must ensure they not only uninstall WhatsApp, but also delete their account from WhatsApp.
How to delete WhatsApp backup messages
You can delete your WhatsApp backups by following the below mentioned instructions, as specified by WhatsApp. The messaging app says that your chat history backup files are saved in the/sdcard/WhatsApp/Databases/folder. You cannot open these folders outside of WhatsApp. In order to delete these files, you will need a file manager.
This is how to delete your backups:
- Launch your ‘File Manager’
- Tap the WhatsApp folder
- A list of all WhatsApp sub-folders will appear
- Tap and hold the databases file
- Select delete
How to delete your WhatsApp account:
1. Open WhatsApp.
2. Tap More options > Settings > Account > Delete my account.
3. Enter your phone number in full international format and tap DELETE MY ACCOUNT.
4. Select a reason for why you’re deleting your account in the dropdown.
5. Tap DELETE MY ACCOUNT.
Deleting your account will:
- Delete your account from WhatsApp
- Erase your message history
- Delete you from all of your WhatsApp groups
- Delete your Google Drive backup
To be noted:
The steps mentioned here are irreversible, meaning the backup files deleted will not be available for recovery again. You can download the backup files and keep backup in case you need it at a later stage.