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It comes as a surprise to many of us who have been using other types of WhatsApp mod apps to chat with our loved ones or carry out transactions. With no atom of doubt, many WhatsApp users don’t use the main WhatsApp app to chat as they’ve turned to a much more better alternative of the WhatsApp app which is the hacked WhatsApp.
WhatsApp has a serious warning for those who use GBWhatsApp, WhatsApp Plus, YoWhatsapp, FMWhatsApp and OGWhatsapp. This warning is, “WhatsApp will start banning user accounts that are used on unofficial versions of the app.” So, if you are still using these unofficial versions of WhatsApp; GBWhatsApp, WhatsApp Plus, YoWhatsapp, FMWhatsApp and OGWhatsapp, don’t be surprised to see if your number gets banned from using WhatApp. The reason for this is that users making use of these third-party apps are at a safety hazard as the company cannot validate their security practices.
WhatsApp is taking this step to convince users of WhatsApp Plus and GB WhatsApp to switch to the official app or face dire consequences. Here’s what a WhatsApp spokesperson had to say concerning this;
WhatsApp cares deeply about the safety of our users. To protect the privacy and security of their account, we strongly recommend users only download WhatsApp from official app stores or from our website. We are continuing to step up our enforcement against impostor WhatsApp services to help curb abuse and keep WhatsApp users safe.
There’s nothing to panic for if you wake up one morning and see that your number has been banned from using WhatsApp, it’s only temporary. The only way you can lift this ban is by installing the official WhatsApp app from your device’s app store.
WhatsApp has also shared a detailed FAQ page on how to migrate from unofficial to official WhatsApp app and restore chats. Here’s how you can migrate from unofficial to official WhatsApp app.
For GBWhatsApp users
- To retrieve old chats, users must back up chat history on unofficial apps once the temporary ban is lifted. To do so, go to WhatsApp > Options > Chats > Backup chats.
- Go to phone settings, then storage, select files and find GB WhatsApp folder.
- Rename the select folder to “WhatsApp” by long pressing the icon.
- Download official WhatsApp from Play Store.
- Verify phone number with OTP and select Restore when prompted to backup chats.
- WhatsApp will retrieve your old data from unofficial app.
For WhatsApp Plus users
- Download and install official WhatsApp from Play Store.
- Verify your phone number and restore all chats seamlessly.