WhatsApp is storing ALL THIS data about you; Check how to request account info

While WhatsApp provides encrypted messages, it does store a lot of data around your account. Don’t stay in the dark. Check what WhatsApp knows about you.

| Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 12:23 IST
WhatsApp allows users to know what data it stores about them. All you have to do is know how to request account info. (Pixabay)
WhatsApp allows users to know what data it stores about them. All you have to do is know how to request account info. (Pixabay)

WhatsApp request account info: WhatsApp is considered one of the more secure chat platforms due to its end-to-end encryption. This ensures that only you and the person you're communicating with can read or listen to what is sent, and nobody in between, not even WhatsApp. However, if you thought that encryption means that WhatsApp does not keep data on you, you'd be mistaken. Like any platform, WhatsApp also stores information on all its users as this data is useful when solving a complaint or blocking a user for breaking the platform's terms and conditions. However, as a user you should be aware what tabs the instant messaging platform keeps on you. And the company gives you a way to know it by requesting account info. Check out everything about it and know how to request account information on WhatsApp. Also read: WhatsApp to now let you exit groups in STEALTH! See how you can do it

What is WhatsApp request account info feature

WhatsApp allows you to request a report of everything it stores about you. This is the same information WhatsApp will hand over to the police in case there is an investigation against you. It contains all the information it has about you as a user of its service. Also read: WhatsApp to introduce filters that will change your chatting experience

What does the WhatsApp request account info contain

Your account info includes a wide range of information including your name and phone number, number of all your contacts and activity history like all the groups you ever joined, profile pictures, the numbers you have blocked and more. It also has your device type, IP address and privacy settings.

The report does not include any messages as WhatsApp does not keep a track of them.

How long does it take to get the WhatsApp request account info

WhatsApp takes about three days to prepare the report and share it with you. Once shared, you can download it or export it to another app. Once you request account info, you get a ‘ready by' date which tells you when you will get to read it.

How to cancel WhatsApp request account info

Once you have made a request, you will not be able to undo or cancel it. The only circumstance when it will become void is if the account is deleted or you change your number.

How to download the WhatsApp request account info

Step 1:

Open WhatsApp and tap on the three vertical dots on the top right. 

Step 2:

Go to Settings > Account. 

Step 3:

You’ll see an option which says ‘Request account info’. Tap on it.

Step 4:

That’s it. You have successfully requested the information. The next page will show the message “request sent” along with a ‘Ready by’ date indicating when you will receive the report.

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First Published Date: 21 May, 12:56 IST