Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $21.8 billion in 2014, so Facebook sharing WhatsApp’s info with its social networking site is needed “to coordinate more and improve experiences across our services and those of Facebook and the Facebook family”. But of you don’t want that, you can opt it out. There are two ways to prevent WhatsApp from sharing your information such as your phone number and last seen status with Facebook. If you are not happy about this, you have two choices – you can stop using WhatsApp entirely or ensure non of your information ends up on Facebook’s servers. Here’s how to stop WhatsApp from sharing info with Facebook.
This is after you have installed WhatsApp for the first time or just updated it to a new version. If you already Agreed to the terms, follow method 2.
Step 1: Launch WhatsApp.
Step 2: When you are prompted with the Terms of Service, do not tap on agree.
Step 3: Tap on the upward arrow located at the bottom right corner of the screen to read more.
Step 4: Tap the checkbox to disable sharing of information with Facebook.
Step 5: Later if you go looking for Share my account data option in the settings, you will not find it since you have already opted it out.
If you have already tapped on ‘Agree’, you can still opt it out. Here’s how:
Step 2: Tap on More / Menu buttom. It is the 3 vertical dots in the top right corner.
Step 3: Tap on Settings.
Step 4: Tap on Account.
Step 5: Tap on the checkbox next to Share my account info.
Step 6: You have successfully opted out and your information won’t be shared with Facebook.
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