How Not to Share WhatsApp Information with Facebook

September 2016

WhatsApp announced that it would begin sharing user data with its parent company, Facebook, to "improve user ads and products experiences." This understandably caused a bit of a stir among fans of the mobile messaging app, which consistently promises to protect user data from advertisers. If you're among the group of people who are against sharing your WhatsApp information with Facebook, you'll be glad to know that you can opt out of doing so.

This tutorial will show you how to change your WhatsApp settings so that it won't share your data with Facebook for ads.

Stop WhatsApp from Sharing Your Data with Facebook

Before Accepting Terms of Service

Open WhatsApp. Before you tap Agree to accept the app's new Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, select Read.

Scroll to the bottom, and uncheck the box next to Share my WhatsApp account information with Facebook to improve my Facebook ads and products experience:


Now, tap Agree, and your new settings will be applied.

In WhatsApp Settings

If you've already agreed to the new Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, you can still opt out from your WhatsApp settings.


Open the app, and go to Settings > Account. Uncheck the box next to Share my account info:


Your new settings should take effect immediately.

N.B. These steps only forbid Facebook from using your data for advertising purposes. According to WhatsApp, Facebook will still "receive and use this information for other purposes, such as improving infrastructure and delivery systems, understanding how our services or theirs are used, securing systems, and fighting spam, abuse, or infringement activities."

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