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There are many reasons why someone would wish to uninstall WhatsApp from their iPhone or Android device. It could be because they are currently in the middle of troubleshooting a particular problem or a ready to quit WhatsApp Messenger and join an alternative such as Signal.
This guide is here to provide you with a detailed step-by-step process on how to uninstall WhatsApp.
Backup your WhatsApp data
When you uninstall WhatsApp you will lose all chat history and data associated with the account. Messages, photos, videos, and other files will be deleted. The best way to back up your WhatsApp data is by either using Google Drive or creating an iCloud backup. You can also create a local backup too. This will create a copy of all chats and media files that can be restored at any point.
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If you want to know how to create and restore WhatsApp backups then check out our guide on the topic.
How to uninstall WhatsApp on Android
There are different ways in which you can remove WhatsApp from your phone, we’ll go over the methods below.
Uninstall WhatsApp from the Home screen
The easiest way to delete Whatsapp from your phone is to do it from the home screen.
Uninstall WhatsApp from the home screen on Android
- Go to your phone’s home screen and locate the Whatsapp icon.
- Now long press down on the icon.
- The option to uninstall will then pop up.
- From the menu tap on uninstall.
- When uninstalling the app you will have the choice to delete the app data too.
- Check this box if you wish to do so
Uninstall WhatsApp from phone settings
You are also able to remove WhatsApp from the settings app. This is a slightly longer process but is still very simple. We’ll go over the steps below.
Uninstall WhatsApp from phone settings on Android
- Open device settings
- Select the Application folder and navigate to WhatsApp
- Select Uninstall
How to uninstall WhatsApp on iPhone
Uninstalling Whatsapp on iPhone is just as easy as doing so on an Android phone. Below we’ll go over how you can delete Whatsapp from the home screen or from iPhone settings.
Uninstall WhatsApp from the iPhone home screen
Uninstall WhatsApp from the home screen on iPhone
- On the home screen of your iPhone find the WhatsApp button.
- Long press down on the button
- A menu will pop up
- Click on remove app at the bottom of this menu.
Uninstall WhatsApp from iPhone settings
Just like on Android devices, you can remove Whatsapp from the settings app, here’s how to do so.
Uninstall WhatsApp from settings on iPhone
- Open the settings app.
- From the settings menu select General.
- Choose iPhone Storage.
- Scroll down until you find WhatsApp and tap on it.
- On the next page, you will see the option to delete the app.
- Press delete app and once complete WhatsApp will be removed.
What happens when you uninstall WhatsApp?
When you uninstall the WhatsApp application you won’t have access to your WhatsApp account but people will still be able to send you messages and you will still be a part of group chats. All of your chats will be removed unless you have created a backup and then restore it. Additionally, your profile picture and last seen will still be visible to those you have enabled it for. To fully remove yourself from WhatsApp you will need to permanently delete your account, luckily we have a guide on how to delete your WhatsApp account.
Uninstalling WhatsApp is an easy process and with the steps outlined above you should be able to do it with ease. If you change your mind and want to download and install WhatsApp again then check out our guide on the matter. If you’re still having issues with the deletion process then contacting WhatsApp support is recommended.