What happens when you uninstall WhatsApp?

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Social networks and instant messaging apps can make us nervous. I bet you must have thought of going to social networks and deleting those apps at least once. Sometimes, it's just an app like WhatsApp that bothers us. With the pressure to respond instantly and a barrage of spam messages, uninstalling it sometimes seems like a good idea.

But what happens when you uninstall WhatsApp? You must have different queries related to old and new messages, profile picture, settings and more. Well, sit back and buckle up as we embark on this journey answering all your questions about uninstalling WhatsApp. Let's get started.

Delete Whatsapp account and uninstall WhatsApp app.

Let's start from the beginning. It's important to know the difference between uninstalling the WhatsApp app and deleting the WhatsApp account... they are two different things.

Uninstalling the app means that you have simply removed it from your phone. After doing this, you will temporarily lose access to your account because you won't be able to send or receive messages during that time. Technically, your account is still registered with WhatsApp and with a simple reinstall, you can use it again as if nothing happened.

On the contrary, deleting your WhatsApp account will remove your entire message history, remove you from all WhatsApp groups, and hide your WhatsApp profile from other people's WhatsApp contacts.

What happens to old messages?

When you reinstall WhatsApp on the same phone after proper verification, you will have the option to restore the backup (if it was created) of your chat history and media files from the cloud - Google Drive for Android and iCloud for iPhone.

So, yes, nothing happens to old messages and media as long as you select the restore option when prompted during the reinstall process. If you make a mistake, the WhatsApp app will appear blank with no chat history except for the groups you belong to. If so, uninstall it again, then select the restore option.

On Android phones, you can also restore chat history and media from your local backup (without Google Drive) if you do not delete the WhatsApp folder. The local backup feature is not available on iPhone, so if you uninstall WhatsApp on iPhone and you don't have an iCloud backup, your chats will be gone.

What happens to the media files on your phone when you uninstall whatsapp?

Uninstalling WhatsApp from your phone will not remove existing WhatsApp media files such as photos, videos, documents, etc. Everything will still be accessible on your phone through a file manager, gallery app and other similar apps.

What happens to New messages and calls when you uninstall Whatsapp?

When you uninstall WhatsApp, people can still text and call you. However, since the app is not installed on your phone, you will not be notified. Only when you reinstall WhatsApp will you receive those messages and missed call notifications.

What happens to groups when you uninstall whatsapp?

You will still be part of your groups even if you uninstall WhatsApp. Also, if you are an administrator of a group, you will remain the administrator.

Can people in the profile see your profile picture when I uninstall whatsapp?

Yes, depending on your previous privacy settings, your contacts can still see your latest profile picture and About. It will not be deleted after uninstalling WhatsApp. However, if you delete your WhatsApp account, your profile picture will also be deleted.

What happens to the last login when you uninstall whatsapp?

If the last login was before uninstalling WhatsApp, your friends would see the time you were last active before uninstalling WhatsApp.

What happens to Settings and blocked numbers when you uninstall whatsapp?

Both are not affected when you uninstall WhatsApp. That is, after you reinstall WhatsApp, you will have the same account and privacy settings. Also, previously blocked numbers will still appear in the blocked numbers list.

What happens to the Visibility in contact lists when you uninstall whatsapp?

After uninstalling the application, WhatsApp will not remove you from your friends' chat or contact list. However, deleting the account will have a different effect for your undetected account as an active WhatsApp user. So that others do not see you in their WhatsApp contacts.

Why are Whatsapp checks important?

You should be aware of what the different checks mean in WhatsApp. To quickly recap:

  • A single gray check mark in WhatsApp means that the message has been sent.
  • A double gray check mark indicates that the message has been delivered.
  • A double blue checkmark indicates that the message has been read.

When you send a message to a WhatsApp account owner who has uninstalled the app, you will see a single gray checkmark.

How to find out if someone uninstalled Whatsapp

There is no direct way to tell if someone has uninstalled WhatsApp. You can only guess if you see individual gray checkmarks for sent messages. However, that's not a definitive way to know. It is possible that the person is in an area without internet or their phone is not working.

How to uninstall Whatsapp

There are several ways to uninstall WhatsApp. For the sake of simplicity, I will only talk about one.

On Android, open WhatsApp in Play Store and press the Uninstall button. On iPhone, press and hold the WhatsApp icon on the home screen. Once the icons start shaking, tap the WhatsApp cross icon.

How to reinstall WhatsApp

If you want to reinstall WhatsApp, download it from the respective app store on Android and iOS devices.

NOTE: You can install it on another phone and restore chats using the cloud backup.

Once installed, the installation process is similar to when you first set it up. That is, you will have to re-verify your number and assign a name to it. However, since you haven't deleted the account, WhatsApp will automatically load the previous profile picture.

After verification, WhatsApp will ask you if you want to restore the backup from the cloud. On Android phone, the message is a bit misleading, as the same message can be used to restore from local backup as long as you are reinstalling on the same phone. Tap Continue to restore the backup.


Uninstalling WhatsApp deactivates the account which can be restored at any time. It can be best defined as quitting on steroids where old messages are not deleted (if a backup is created) and you will also receive new messages after reinstalling WhatsApp.

It is useful when you want to disable WhatsApp for a short time without deleting your WhatsApp account. You can also uninstall the application to fix some problems.

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