The WhatsApp was not kidding when it announced it would start banning users that instalassem unofficial versions of your application . The "cleanup" started this week.
For now, the company is temporarily blocking accounts. According to reports, the first warning freezes the unofficial app for 20 minutes. A timer is displayed so that the user can follow the passage of time. In addition to the clock, a message says "You are temporarily banned from WhatsApp for violating the Terms of Service".
After that, the application can be reused as normal. The problem is that WhatsApp will continue to block the account - and for twice the time. The second message freezes the use of the application for 40 minutes, then 80, 160, 320 and so on until the unofficial version becomes unusable.
"If you don't switch to the official app after being temporarily banned, your account could be permanently banned from using WhatsApp," says an official post on the company's blog.
The most popular third-party apps are GB WhatsApp and WhatsApp Plus. Users are attracted by the promise of customizing the application - new colors, font fonts, as well as the ability to hide the profile photo and even send large files. In the description of the applications, the developers say that the platforms are also ideal for those who prefer Telegram , but it is on WhatsApp due to the popularity of the application.
Wanted by Canaltech, WhatsApp said it "cares about the safety of its users. To protect the privacy and security of their accounts, we strongly recommend that users download only WhatsApp through official app stores or our website. We continue to strengthen our monitoring against imposing WhatsApp services to help prevent abuse and keep users safe. "
How to migrate to official WhatsApp
If you use a third party application, see below the tutorial developed by WhatsApp itself to migrate your account to the version sanctioned by the company. Remembering that, first of all, it is necessary to wait for the deadline for the end of the ban.
1. Click on “More Options”
2. Go to “Chats” / ”Conversations” and select the option to backup your messages
3. Close the app and open your smartphone's file manager
4. Find the folder “GB WhatsApp” and rename it to “WhatsApp”
5. Close the manager and go to the Play Store
6. Download the official WhatsApp application
7. Enter your phone number and, later, the code sent to you by SMS
8. When offered, select the option to restore a backup
9. WhatsApp will look for the corresponding folder (which you renamed previously) in your manager and will restore the messages