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13 Mar 2019

WhatsApp bans third-party apps: Here's how to recover your chats

WhatsApp bans use of third-party apps: Details here

WhatsApp has started temporarily banning accounts that use third-party versions of the instant messaging app, such as WhatsApp Plus or GB WhatsApp.

In an FAQ post, the company has provided details about banning "unsupported" versions of WhatsApp and how users can recover their accounts and chats.

Here's everything to know if you have been "temporarily banned" on WhatsApp.

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WhatsApp bans use of third-party apps: Details here
WhatsApp says third-party apps violate Terms of Service

Security concerns

WhatsApp says third-party apps violate Terms of Service

In its post, WhatsApp mentions that third-party apps, such as WhatsApp Plus and GB WhatsApp, are "altered versions of WhatsApp" and violate the company's Terms of Service.

The Facebook-owned service further notes that it doesn't "support these third-party apps because we can't validate their security practices."

However, you can still switch to the official WhatsApp app and transfer your chats.

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How to switch to the official WhatsApp app?

You can switch from a third-party version of WhatsApp to the official messaging app by simply downloading the official app and signing in.

However, mere signing in won't recover your chats present on the current third-party apps.

So, before you log in to the official app, back up your chat history.

Notably, WhatsApp has detailed this backup process for WhatsApp Plus and GB WhatsApp.

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Here's how to transfer chat history on GB WhatsApp

Official process

Here's how to transfer chat history on GB WhatsApp

In order to back up chats, users will have to wait for the temporary ban to end.

Once ended, tap on More Options>Chats>Back up chats.

Then go to Phone Settings>tap Storage > Files to find and select GB WhatsApp.

Now, in the top-right corner tap More>Rename and rename the folder to "WhatsApp".

Finally, download and sign-in to official WhatsApp app and tap on Restore > Next on the Backup screen.

WhatsApp Plus users can simply save chats for automatic transfer

If you are a WhatsApp Plus user, you only need to save your chat history. And if gets saved successfully, your chat history should automatically transfer to the official WhatsApp app.

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Which third-party apps has WhatsApp banned?

Is the third-party app ban on WhatsApp permanent?

Will I lose my chat history on GB WhatsApp if I switch to WhatsApp official app?

How can I move my chats from WhatsApp Plus to WhatsApp official app?

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Which third-party apps has WhatsApp banned?

Asked 2 minutes ago by Surabhi Dutta

Answered by NewsBytes

WhatsApp has banned all unsupported, altered versions of WhatsApp such as WhatsApp Plus and GB WhatsApp.

Is the third-party app ban on WhatsApp permanent?

Asked 2 minutes ago by Dhruv Venkatesan

Answered by NewsBytes

Presently, the third-party app ban is temporary in nature and you should be able to log back in after the ban timer end. However, in the future the ban could be permanent as WhatsApp is asking users to switch to the official app.

Will I lose my chat history on GB WhatsApp if I switch to WhatsApp official app?

Asked 2 minutes ago by Paridhi Mehta

Answered by NewsBytes

You should back up your chat history and rename the "GB WhatsApp" file to "WhatsApp" before logging into the official WhatsApp app. Now when you log in, you should get an option to restore your chat history.

How can I move my chats from WhatsApp Plus to WhatsApp official app?

Asked 2 minutes ago by Harini Mehta

Answered by NewsBytes

If you are a WhatsApp Plus user, simply back up your chat history and it should automatically transfer to the official WhatsApp app.

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