After WhatsApp extended the deadline for users to May 15 to agree to the new usage guidelines, they are currently promoting their own messenger again. You want to bring more clarity to the discussion – with little success. Answers, especially regarding data transfer to Facebook, remain unclear.
But apart from that, May 15th will come and WhatsApp users will have to decide for or against the service. WhatsApp will no longer be able to use WhatsApp in the future if you don’t like the new regulations. But will your account be blocked immediately on the key date?
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That happens on May 15th
WhatsApp now wants to remedy this point and provides suitable answers online. Anyone who does not agree to the guidelines will no longer be able to use WhatsApp – but the account will remain in place for the time being. After May 15, the guidelines for inactive users will apply, as WhatsApp writes. This means that you can no longer use the service to the full and only receive calls and messages. But you can no longer answer that. The sense of the messenger is thus obsolete.
You also have to export chat histories by May 15th, for example if you switch from Android to iOS or vice versa. If you want to see the report on your account, you have to do this by the deadline as well. After that this is no longer possible. If you delete your account, you must be aware that all messages, pictures and the like will then be sent to the eternal hunting grounds and they cannot be reactivated.
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If you just need a little more time to think about it and don’t delete your account, you can keep it under the functional restrictions for the time being. This means that you can still agree to the new guidelines after May 15th and thus reactivate all functions.
Alternatives to WhatsApp
WhatsApp’s consumer policy doesn’t suit you, but you don’t know what other messengers are there? We have listed many alternatives in our guide. Since the discussion about the Facebook service, many consumers have migrated to competitor Telegram, but also to Signal and the well-known ICQ. Each service has its advantages and disadvantages, so you should define what is important to you when using it – for example data protection, many functions or the chance to reach as many friends as possible via the service.