With This Easy Hack, You Can Restore Your WhatsApp Account If Your Phone Gets Stolen
Losing your smartphone can be a nightmarish situation. Our smartphones are the most vital possession of our life. Almost all of our personal details- our digital accounts and our social media profiles- are saved in these compact devices.
Losing the phone means, losing not just the device but also so much of this data.
However, in case you meet such misfortune there’s a lot that needs to be done. One of this is also to ensure that no stranger gets hold of your WhatsApp account.
WhatsApp has become the most important mode of communication for us. It is the most popular communication app today. This makes our profile on the app that much vital. This means that if you lose your phone or someone steals it, there is a high chance of misuse of your WhatsApp account.
With WhatsApp rolling out its UPI-based payment feature, it is imperative to protect your account.
Here’s a step-by-step guide that you need to follow in case your smartphone is lost or stolen to secure your WhatsApp account.
The first thing to do if you lose your phone is to lock your SIM card. This can be done easily by calling your telecom operator. Once you have done this, it will not be possible to for anyone to authenticate the account on that handset.
Authentication becomes difficult since no message would be received on the number that you have blocked. The person who has your phone won’t be able to use your WhatsApp account.
After you have locked your SIM, get another SIM with the same number as before. Install WhatsApp on another device with this number. Remember, WhatsApp can be activated only on one device at a time on a phone number.
You also have the option to email the WhatsApp team. In case, you go for this option, include the sentence “Lost/stolen: Deactivate my account” in the body of the email, along with your phone number.
Remember to write your mobile number exactly the way you have saved it on your phone.
One more thing to note here is that WhatsApp can also be operated using Wi-Fi even if the SIM card is not present inside the handset so it is necessary to contact WhatsApp team and get your account deactivated.
The WhatsApp team might take a few days to get back to you. It is important to not lose your patience.
Users have a 30-day window to reactivate this account. After a month, the account will be completely erased. In case your contacts send you messages during this period, they will remain pending but will get erased after 30 days.
You can also begin where you left off by retrieving your conversations from Google Cloud. Make sure your WhatsApp account is linked to the Google Drive (or iCloud in case of iOS). To do this, simply head to your Settings, then go to Chats, and then Chat Backup.
Using your WhatsApp account in another device will not be a problem as WhatsApp will identify your Gmail account (in case of Android) connected to the Google Drive or iCloud (in case of iOS) on the smartphone, and ask you to restore conversations.