In a major crackdown on fake WhatsApp apps like WhatsApp Plus and GB WhatsApp, Facebook-owned instant messenger is imposing a temporary ban on users with these fake, modified WhatsApp apps. So if you are using one of these fake WhatsApp apps (whether intentionally or unintentionally), we recommend you should immediately switch to the official WhatsApp.
If your WhatsApp shows a message that your account has been “Temporarily banned,” it means that you are either using unsupported unofficial WhatsApp. In that case, all you can do is the official app on your smartphone and voila...crisis averted!
These apps are in fact modified versions of the original WhatsApp and since they are developed by third parties, they end up violating WhatsApp's Terms of Service. Plus, these apps are a threat to users' privacy and security. That's why WhatsApp is trying to curb its existence in the first place.
Users of such apps need to understand by imposing a temporary ban, WhatsApp is trying to protect people from compromising their account's privacy and security. We show you a step-by-step guide on how to switch from fake WhatsApp to the official one.
Step 1: You have to wait for your temporary ban to end. The timer provides users with the length of the ban.
Step 2: Open GB WhatsApp and go to More options > Chats > Back up chats.
Step 3: Go to phone’s settings > Storage > Files (This step may differ for you)
Step 4: Locate GB WhatsApp folder. Tap and long-press the GB WhatsApp folder.
Step 5: Rename the folder to “WhatsApp.”
Step 6: Go to Google Play Store and download official WhatsApp. You can also download official WhatsApp APK from their website.
Step 7: Open WhatsApp and verify your phone number.
Once you have successfully set up your WhatsApp on your phone, you should be able to see all your existing Chat conversations.
WhatsApp automatically restores chart history from WhatsApp Plus. But in case your chat history wasn’t already saved, you can manually backup your chats before uninstalling the app. Go to WhatsApp Plus > More options > Settings > Chats > Chat backup > Back up. Once you have removed WhatsApp Plus, you can download and install the official WhatsApp on your smartphone and set it up as usual.
If you are using any other unofficial WhatsApp app, users are advised to backup their chat history to avoid losing their existing chat conversation.