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Use of WhatsApp Plus, GB WhatsApp got your WhatsApp account banned? Here is how to fix it

  • Use of WhatsApp Plus, GB WhatsApp can get your WhatsApp account temporarily banned. Here is how to get it back.

Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 22:16 IST
If you receive a message saying your WhatsApp account has been temporarily banned then you need stop using WhatsApp Plus, GB WhatsApp. (Bloomberg)

WhatsApp users, here is an important information for you. If you have received an in-app message stating your account is “Temporarily banned” then you need to know that this means you are likely using an unsupported version of WhatsApp instead of the official WhatsApp application. And if you do not switch to the official app after being temporarily banned, your account might be permanently banned from using WhatsApp. As per the information provided by the messaging platform unsupported apps, such as WhatsApp Plus, GBWhatsApp, or apps that claim to move your WhatsApp chats between phones, are not genuine versions of WhatsApp.

WhatsApp Plus, GB WhatsApp are unofficial apps that have been developed by third parties and violate the terms of service of WhatsApp. WhatsApp does not support these third-party apps because the application cannot validate their security practices. Therefore, in order to keep on using WhatsApp and avoid getting permanently banned from the application you need to use or switch to the official WhatsApp application.

WhatsApp: How to switch to the official app on Android

As per the information provided by the application, you might need to backup your chat history before moving to the official WhatsApp application. The name of the unsupported app you are using determines whether you need to transfer your chat history.

Locate the name of the app by tapping More Options > Settings > Help > App info. Follow the steps below based on the name of the app: WhatsApp Plus or GB WhatsApp. Also, if you are using an app other than WhatsApp Plus or GB WhatsApp, saving your chat history before downloading the official WhatsApp application is recommended.

GB WhatsApp

WhatsApp has recommended the following steps to save and transfer your chat history. However, it needs to be noted that there is no guarantee this will be a successful chat history transfer because WhatsApp does not support unofficial apps.

1. Wait for your temporary ban to end. The timer will show you the length of the ban.

2. In GB WhatsApp, tap More options > Chats > Back up chats.

3. Go to Phone Settings > tap Storage > Files.

4. Find the folder GB WhatsApp and tap and hold to select it.

5. In the upper right corner tap More > Rename and rename the folder to “WhatsApp”.

6.Navigate to the Play Store and download the official WhatsApp app. In WhatsApp, verify your phone number.

7. On the Backup found screen, tap Restore > Next. WhatsApp should load with your existing chats.

WhatsApp Plus

If your chat history was previously saved, it should automatically transfer to the official WhatsApp app.

If not you can save your backup chats by- go to WhatsApp > tap More options > Settings > Chats > Chat backup > BACK UP. Now, navigate to the Play Store and download the WhatsApp app. Verify your phone number.

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First Published Date: 03 Dec, 13:51 IST