WhatsApp: when you risk account deletion

The deletion of a WhatsApp account is a real risk in case of inactivity of the same: here is in detail how to avoid it.

It is never spoken of, almost as if it were a taboo. After all, it's the term itself, "deletion", that instills fear. It gives the idea of being a fatal measure, certainly serious. If you put it next to the first application that you usually rush to install as soon as the new smartphone is unwrapped, you can understand why the risk of deletion of a WhatsApp account is never mentioned.

Instead it is a topic that should be addressed and depotentiated. After all, knowledge is the enemy of monsters, right? So let's face these monsters, let's try to understand - ironies aside - what circumstances determine the risk of WhatsApp account deletion. First of all, we must distinguish once and for all two very different circumstances that often end up mistakenly in the same cauldron: the ban, then the ban of the account, and the cancellation. The ban, contrary to popular belief, is a much more serious measure than deletion, which WhatsApp issues in a much larger number of circumstances. If you have to be "afraid" of a measure of WhatsApp, well, that is the ban and not the deletion of the account.

The cancellation on WhatsApp, when you risk

The cancellation of a WhatsApp account is a measure that is issued solely for inactivity of the account itself. The platform identifies two types of inactivity, short and long.

Deletion on WhatsApp for long inactivity occurs when a given account remains unused for at least 120 days, 4 months. After this period, the account is deleted, but you can create it again with the same phone number.

Create again, not reactivate, because deleting an account also deletes all the information on that account that is stored on WhatsApp's servers. You start over from scratch.

Deletion on WhatsApp for brief inactivity occurs after 45 days of activity but under special circumstances. If you end up not using WhatsApp for 45 days and you log in again before the 120 days are up, but from a different device, then WhatsApp immediately deletes your account and all of the information on it.

If your device is the same one you last logged in with, within 120 days of your last activity, there is no problem. This happens because phone operators recycle phone numbers, so it's possible that a third party is assigned what may have been our phone number. Or that someone has stolen our phone number, and therefore our WhatsApp profile.

The moment WhatsApp detects that the same number tries to log in from a different smartphone after 45 days of activity, it could mean that in that time the number has been reassigned. That's it: WhatsApp's 45-day limit exists precisely to avoid privacy issues.

Following account deletion by WhatsApp, it is always possible to re-register to the service with the same phone number.

Differences between deletion and WhatsApp ban

The ban on WhatsApp, on the other hand, is a measure, temporary or permanent, much more serious and peremptory, usually punitive towards a conduct that is not allowed, and perhaps repeated. In short, it is very unlikely that you will receive a ban without feeling that you have done something wrong.