Although weâ€™ll run you through the steps youâ€™ll need, itâ€™s up to you to decide where you turn next. Right now, Signal and Telegram are among the most popular options, so weâ€™d suggest starting there. For now, though, letâ€™s bid WhatsApp adieu once and for all.
How to delete your WhatsApp account:
Thereâ€™s pretty much only one way to skin this cat, and youâ€™ll need your phone to do it. You canâ€™t get rid of your WhatsApp account using the web app â€” we tried. On the bright side, it should only take a minute and you donâ€™t need to provide too much justification as to why you want to leave. Just follow these steps:
- Open WhatsApp on your phone.
- Tap on the three dots icon in the top right corner. This will open a small menu of options.
- Choose Settings from the dropdown menu.
- Enter the Account section of the settings menu. Youâ€™ll find Account right below your name at the top of the screen. Your first two menu selections will look like this:
- Locate the Delete my account option at the bottom of the list and tap on it.
- Enter your phone number and tap the red Delete my account button.
- Indicate why you are deleting your account from the dropdown menu, then tap the red Delete my account button.
- Tap the red Delete my account button one final time. Hereâ€™s what your last three menus should look like:
And voila, no more WhatsApp account for you. As we said, that wasnâ€™t too painful to do. Youâ€™ll have to confirm that you really, really want to delete your WhatsApp account a few times, but that may not be a bad thing. It helps to emphasize that you wonâ€™t get this account back in the future. Once your account is gone and you return to that login page, itâ€™s gone for good.
Now that youâ€™ve learned how to delete a WhatsApp account for good, you should probably choose your new messaging app. Check out some of our favorite private, encrypted options right here.