What Happens When You Uninstall WhatsApp Or Delete Your WhatsApp Account

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Social media and instant messaging apps can get on our nerves. I bet you must have thought of going on social media detox by deleting those apps at least once. At times, it’s just a single app such as WhatsApp that annoys the hell out of us. With the pressure to reply and a flood of spam messages in groups, uninstalling or deleting the appe seems a good idea at times.

But what happens when you uninstall WhatsApp or delete a WhatsApp account? You must have several queries related to old and new messages, profile pictures, settings, and more. Well, take a seat and fasten your seat belt as we go on this journey of answering all your queries regarding uninstalling your WhatsApp.

What’s uninstalling WhatsApp and what’s deleting a WhatsApp account?

Uninstalling WhatsApp is that time when you just remove the app from your phone. Deleting a WhatsApp account speaks for itself, it involves removing all your contact information from the WhatsApp servers. Let’s get started.

New messages

When you uninstall WhatsApp, people can still send you messages. However, since the app isn’t installed on your phone, you will not be notified about it. Only when you reinstall WhatsApp, you will receive those messages and missed call notifications. However, when you have deleted your WhatsApp account, you won’t receive messages that were sent when your account was deleted.

What happens to Groups

You will continue to be part of your groups even if you uninstall WhatsApp. Also, if you are an admin of the group, you will continue to be the admin. Whereas when you delete your WhatsApp account, you will be removed from the groups.

Can people see your profile picture

Yes, depending on your previous privacy settings, your contacts can still see your last profile picture and “About”. It won’t be removed after you uninstall WhatsApp. But, if you delete your WhatsApp account, your profile picture will be deleted too.

Last seen

If the last seen feature was active before uninstalling WhatsApp, your friends would see the time when you were last active before you uninstalled WhatsApp. As for deleting a WhatsApp account, your contacts will still see your last seen. Again, if the last seen feature was turned on before deleting a WhatsApp account, you

Settings and blocked numbers

Both remain unaffected when you uninstall WhatsApp. Meaning, after reinstallation of WhatsApp, you will have the same account and privacy settings. Similarly, the previously blocked numbers will continue to appear in the block list.

However, when you delete your WhatsApp account, all the settings and blocked numbers will be reset and deleted. So when you register your WhatsApp account again you will have default settings and no blocked numbers.

Visibility in the Contacts list

After uninstalling the app, WhatsApp won’t remove you from your friends’ chat or contacts list. However, deleting the account will make you not appear in your friends’ contacts list.

How to know if someone uninstalled their WhatsApp

There is no direct way to identify if someone has uninstalled WhatsApp. You can only assume if you don’t see activity for a long time on their WhatsApp account. However, it’s not quite helpful because some folks use moded apps like GB WhatsApp that completely hide what they are doing on WhatsApp.

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  1. The Principal

    You don’t delete WhatsApp simply because some people are “getting into your nerves”. NO.

    WhatsApp is a means of communicating and can never be in the same group as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc

    Block the people who are disturbing you on WhatsApp, and continue chatting with your loved ones.

    I can’t find any single good reason to delete WhatsApp so I don’t even see why this article was written in the first place lol. Alvine, why write this crap??

    1. .

      Because we want to know if we lose our chats and groups when we just uninstall the application, some people like students have to detox for a few weeks, making enough time for their school and academic life. I don’t see how this article offends you, but if it does, ignore it and forget it exists.
      Why are you even here if you didn’t want to know about it!!

      1. Jhai

        This article is very helpful for me too..don’t worry! You did a great job explaining everything..especially to those who are new users of whatsapp😉

        1. Anonymous


    2. gue

      This article is helpful for me tho. I’m a student. Sometimes I need to deactivate my whatsapp because I want to spent my time without being disturbed by soo many messages from soo many communities and classes. And when I came back to whatsapp I hope I still can catch up to the information I missed when I deactivate my whatsapp.

      1. Shelly

        You can simply disable internet connection for WhatsApp when u study nd make it whenever I want …

    3. Harinee

      I doesn’t know who are you
      But every person have their own feelings on what’s app ,so you must give your reply ,don’t suggest your opinion to all that don’t delete or uninstall what’s app.
      Ignore me if I spoke anything wrong.

    4. Principal is an idiot

      The Principal you are such a douchebag

    5. Chester

      Speak for yourself mister! People go through depression and do all sort of things when they are depressed such as deleting their social media accounts because they couldnt find solace there or people dont care about them. Imagine you been on watsapp yet mo one buzzed you? And then when you post something the world remembers you? Why have accounts when no one really cares about your existence until they hear your passed on, then all of a sudden you get popular. Friendship is purely overrated. The world is a wicked place. You live and die alone.

      1. Anonymous

        Exactly..! Iam in the same situation . It’s really feels annoying while iam checking my WhatsApp everytime to see anyone cares about me and also there are some *itches in my ctcts , always show their attitude it drives me worse when I think about that . Even I became a psychopath and I uninstalled WhatsApp without thinking further , So now iam here to get back my valuable data that I lost because of my foolishness.

    6. Anonymous

      Well believe it or not, there are certain conditions where you wanna stay away from whatsapp for a required length of time but want to do it lowkey so as to avoid leaving a “…left the group” notification on people’s group chat pages.

    7. 3NtBb6q5u556

      “The Principal”: If you cannot see reasons, others can. And I certainly did delete my whattsapp account because I want only 2 messaging options on my phone: SMS and Signal, not 3, not 20, just two is enough. So this article was very useful to me and reinforce my decision to drop down Whatsapp: this company just does not care about its users. If it did, it would give an error message to my contacts who still try to send me messages on whatsapp, telling them my account has been deleted. But the’re too afraid of that and prefer that my contacts believe that I don’t care about their messages (even after I notified them all that I deleted whatsapp, some have forgotten…)

      1. Josh

        Yeah, turning a deleted account into a zombie is an example of bad practice on part of Meta. I deleted Whatsapp because I there’s just too many such policies I don’t agree with, and after a year the account still sits there as if I never terminated it. Never regretted it, just feel bad for people that await a reply in vain.

  2. Anonymous

    Dude you are lying

  3. terrence makombe

    Block the people who are disturbing you on WhatsApp, and continue chatting with your loved ones.

  4. Esha

    I wnat toh ask ki if i uninstalled my whatsapp is staus should b visible to my contacts

  5. Fatima

    Please I want to know if I deleted my WhatsApp account. Can someone hack my WhatsApp account which has been deleted ?

  6. Patrícia

    Someone hacked my phone in what’s up application I want to know if I uninstall it and re installe it again can that person still see my massages they took a picture if my quora

    1. Linda A Kress

      Someone just did the same to me in November 2020. I can still see the little dot signifying someone is looking for me after I deleted the app and him. I uninstalled it a week ago. He’s been trying to gain access to my FB and I reported him. My personal email as well. I want to be rid of him forever! He was a catfish on Twitter, posing as a physician. Help!

      1. Mia

        Hi Linda,
        I am am grateful that you wrote this article. I am able to relate to you very well. You are the first person that write exactly how I feel too. I do not want to see him at all in my whatsapp. I deleted him on my phone’s contact but he is still on my whatsapp. It is no use to block him because he still there. I do not want to see him every time I use Whatsapp. It reminds me about to many sad memories. He broke my heart.

        1. Paul

          I am sorry x

  7. Crocutahr

    After reinstalling whatsapp, I am not recieving messages that has been sent to me during the time I had uninstalled whatsapp. What is the problem?

    1. Anonymous

      I also experienced the same problem just yesterday… No messages, no group icons, no profile picture, no about

  8. Anonymous

    If I didn’t backup my account,After reinstall whatsapphire can I have my early chats?

  9. Mary Jane CHARBONNÉ

    Why have whats app TOLD me to wait 11hours to re install app.?

  10. Terry

    I did a factory reset on my phone. The SD card was corrupt causing problem so I removed it then did the reset. I think SD card had data for the whatsapp. As the phone failed to automatically re-store whatsapp, I had to manually re-install it. I never backed it up on google drive but as local files into SD card that got corrupt.

    In this situation, the whatsapp server would take my account as new?
    Would the friend who had open chatroom with me would still have me there or would I appear as different user to them if I talked to them again?

  11. Christina Svensson

    HUGE thank you for this article.
    I needed to go on a WApp detox as people bothering me are friends that could not be blocked but I needed a pause and desperately so..
    Phiew – I will do this regularly and have informed people.
    All unimportant pling pling plings and hours of listening to messages – ie one way conversations avoided.
    Such a relief. George Michael – FREEDOM comes to mind.
    Thank you and BLESSINGS!

  12. Michael Miller

    I gave my old phone to my wife (she liked it) and cloned the new one I bought, but she had her own WhatsApp account.
    Can I safely remove my WhatsApp account (without losing everything) from her phone and she replace it with hers?
    If so, can anyone tell me how?

  13. Chris

    I want to know if they changed their phone number since they disappeared from Whatsapp and the Whatsapp icon doesn’t show by their number in my contacts list.

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  15. Anonymous

    So I always back up my messages.. My old phone was stolen and I had backed up everything.. When I reinstalled my app, everything came back except my profile picture, about and many group messages and icons..

    I’m so annoyed.. I had to rejoin all of my groups again

  16. Diane

    All of a sudden, WhatsApp photos and videos will not download to my phone. Internet is good, time and date are good. Is uninstalling and reinstalling WhatsApp likely to fix this?

  17. Anonymous

    I deleted my whatspp I just want to ask that if someone hack my whatp account so they read my all chats???

  18. Anonymous

    I wanted to confirm if deleting my whatsapp account also deletes my statuses even before 24hours

  19. You’re right Principal is indeed a douchebag

    Principal. Why you think it’s your business to tell people not to uninstall what’s app. Not everyone is the same. Some people use company lines. Some are students. Some don’t have the loved ones you have and use it only for communication with their colleagues or friends or lovers or whatever. And these people want to get off what’sapp for a while.
    Thanks for the article dear. Don’t listen to ignorant people. Greatly appreciated 🙏🏼

  20. Emily

    I deleted WhatsApp for a day and sent a test message to myself to see if I would receive it when I reinstalled. It didn’t work. I got only the messages from the last back up I had. So if someone sends you a message while WhatsApp is deleted on your phone you will not see the messages when you reinstall

    1. Garikai Dzoma


  21. Chivken

    I have a question, a number I don’t know called and texted me on Whatsapp. I didn’t recognize the number, so I changed the number, deleted the account, and uninstalled Whatsapp. If the unknown # wanted to track me down, could they? I also never shared my location with them. I just want to be safe.

  22. Anonymous

    Actually I just recently deleted my account 🙂 not cause of anything but sometimes I need the feel to stay away from everything to focus more on myself, whatsApp literally keeps us way more occupied than it should ,im not implying it isn’t important cause then it would be alie. But it’s all according to one’s own perspective. It’s common for me to delete my social media accounts, to stay away from people mostly I feel social media really affects in a negative way so i do that. After some months or few weeks I install it again :).

  23. R

    How can I get my blocked numbers back, I recently deactivated my account and i can’t find all my blocked numbers. how can I get them back?

  24. Nicole

    Thanks a lot 🙂

  25. Aduthyay

    Help please.
    I have send Messeges to my friend’s deleted WhatsApp account… She deleted that a year ago. And now she isn’t using that number. I used to use that as my note pad. Now I’m worried if she starts to use that number again, will my Messeges deliver to her?( Her account is currently delected)

  26. Karimah

    I had to delete my WhatsApp account because a hacker had some replaced my real friends with strangers! I did not back up anything but I deleted! The friends that were replaced were in my contact list! I can’t call them as they were international! Will they still be on my contact list? They were good friends! The ones that replaced them were talking about things I am not involved in!

  27. Savanna

    Thanks so much for this article, Alvine Chaparadza. I needed it. Had to delete WhatsApp because it was contributing to my panic attacks. I feel so refreshed and actually quite safe. If people genuinely want to reach out to me, they’ll make an actual effort. Thanks.

  28. Ramon chavira

    Como recupero mis chats si decinstale mi WhatsApp

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  30. Sammy

    What happens if…
    I’d mistakenly called someone’s number (stranger) and ended the call in 2 seconds. I was anxious, so I deleted my Whatsapp right after, and didn’t install back the App for a few days. Will my contact number still show on that person’s Whatsapp?

  31. Sudhakar

    As an admn, I exited from the group
    However, i am abe to see msgs sent by othe.

  32. Andrea Biondi

    Can someone help me? My disabled son got a contact from suspicious person. He didn’t tell me about it until he already installed what’s app and sent a PICTURE to some “chick” who contacted him. He showed me the conversation and I became alarmed and had a warning talk with him on what to do next time should it happen. It’s never happened before. The person texted three times, I blocked them, then we uninstalled the app on the phone. Can they use the picture for nefarious purposes? Please help anyone if you can. I am not tech saavy at all.

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  35. Sparkle

    Trying to score my ex I have no interest in him
    Trying to disappear from all online, social, etc.. so he can’t find me or know I’m active on anything.

    1. Sparkle

      Renting to show- not score

  36. Chris Kip Koech

    What’s your take?

    Request to unblock my WhatsApp account 0732794413
    Dear WhatsApp Support team,
    WhatsApp account be unblock. I recently received a notification that my account has been banned, but I’m not aware of any violation of your terms of service.
    I am a vid WhatsApp user and rely on the platform to communicate with family, friends, and colleagues. It has become an essential part of my daily routine, and I am disappointed to have been banned without any explanation.

  37. Charles Cheruiyot Koros

    What’s yo
    ur take?

    I would like to request that you, review my account 0759746759 and provide me with the reason for the ban. If the was indeed a vidation, I apologize and you that it was unintentional. I am willing to comply with you terms of service and t
    ake any necessary step to avoid future violations.

  38. Luka

    this is a weird question, but it happens to alot of people, i was using whatsapp on my phone linked to my whatsapp desktop, my phone died, and hasnt been working but i have been using the whatsapp desktop, now i have a new phone and i have icloud backups of old chats but what will happen to the new chats on whatsapp desktop? will they be synced to my phone or they are gone as soon as i resync my whatsapp on the phone to the desktop one.

  39. Charlotte fletcher

    If you uninstall what’s app and they deleted your number on their side if you reinstall what’s app will you still see them in your contacts?

  40. Yuvan

    My whatsapp uninstall again install whatsapp file folder gallery photos and videos not showing

  41. Kerry

    Hi…can I deactivate my whatsapp and then put another no’ on for whatsapp to change details on the other no’…then remove the 2nd one and put the first one back on?confusing