Here's what'll happen to your WhatsApp account if you don't accept the new privacy policy

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WhatsApp privacy policy Facebook (Image credit: Harish Jonnalagadda / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • WhatsApp has detailed what will happen to users who do not accept its new privacy policy by May 15.
  • The Facebook-owned messaging app plans to "slowly ask" such users to agree to the new terms to restore full functionality.
  • Users will not be able to read or send messages if they don't accept the new terms.

Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp confirmed last week that it is moving ahead with its controversial new privacy policy and that users will be able to review the changes "at their own pace." In a new FAQ page, WhatsApp has now detailed what will happen to accounts of users who do not accept the new terms by May 15.

If you do not accept WhatsApp's new policy changes by May 15, you will lose "full functionality of the app until you accept." WhatsApp says users will be able to receive calls and notifications "for a short time," but will not be able to read or send any messages. As per the folks at TechCrunch, the "short time" will span at least a few weeks.

In case you do not want to accept the app's policy updates, you will be able to export your WhatsApp chat history on both Android and iOS devices before May 15. You can also choose to delete your WhatsApp account, but it is worth noting that doing so will erase your message history, backups, and remove you from all groups.

Additionally, the FAQ page confirms that the app's policy related to inactive users will apply after May 15. As per the policy, WhatsApp accounts are deleted after 120 days of inactivity.

Babu Mohan
News Writer