WhatsApp Begins Move to Ban GB WhatsApp Users

I had read about the move by ’s subsidiary, WhatsApp to have a go at people using the clone of its service, like GB WhatsApp, WhatsApp Plus and others. It initially sounded like a joke, because I could not fathom how WhatsApp would be able to reach across platforms to ban something they had no control over. But it sure is a real thing. WhatsApp has been able to track those using a fork of its app with initial warnings and temporal banning to ensure that they switch to the real application, or else, they risk the possibility of a total ban from using the app.

Considering how much WhatsApp has become integral in the lives of billions across the globe, a ban could be a big blow to users (it is not as if people cannot just choose to navigate this by registering on the real app with a different number).

WhatsApp claims that the use of clones like GB WhatsApp and WhatsApp Plus violate the terms of their service and they can also not validate the security of those platforms. The app has however been “thoughtful” enough to offer people a way to switch to the original app without losing their chat data and history.

The following steps will help you switch from the app’s clones to the original WhatsApp with all your chat data intact as if nothing even ever happened;

GB WhatsApp users

  1. Wait for your temporary ban to end
  2. Go to More options > Chats > Backup chats
  3. Go to Phone settings >tap Storage > Files
  4. Find the ‘GB WhatsApp’ folder, tap and hold to select it
  5. In the upper right corner, tap more > renameand rename the folder to “WhatsApp”
  6. Go back to the Play Store or download the official app directly from WhatsApp (if you don’t have the official WhatsApp app)
  7. From the official WhatsApp app, verify your phone number
  8. On the Backup found screen, tap Restore > Next

WhatsApp will now load your existing chats.

WhatsApp Plus users

WhatsApp Plus is a little different from GB WhatsApp. If your chat history was previously saved, WhatsApp says that it will automatically transfer to the official WhatsApp app. You’ll only need to follow steps 6,7 and 8 from the GB WhatsApp users section.

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