WhatsApp tells users to install official app, warns people using GB WhatsApp and Whatsapp Plus will be blocked
People using GBWhatsApp and WhatsApp will see an in-app message saying your account is temporarily banned.
WhatsApp suggests to immediately download the original app to continue using the service.
Unsupported apps, such as WhatsApp Plus and GB WhatsApp, are altered versions of WhatsApp.
It seems that fake news and bugs are not the only problems that WhatsApp is facing these days. The popular chat platform is being bugged by some modified apps which is why it has updated its FAQ page to inform users about these apps and how to switch to the official WhatsApp app.
The Facebook-owned WhatsApp on its official has warned people of account ban if they use altered versions of WhatsApp like GBWhatsApp and WhatsApp Plus. These are unsupported versions of WhatsApp and using these apps can lead to the temporary ban of the account.
Update: “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 imposter WhatsApp services to help curb abuse and keep WhatsApp users safe,” WhatsApp Spokesperson said in a press statement.
People using GBWhatsApp and WhatsApp will see an in-app message saying your account is temporarily banned. The chat app suggests to immediately download the original app to continue using the service.
” Unsupported apps, such as WhatsApp Plus and GB WhatsApp, are altered versions of WhatsApp. These unofficial apps are developed by third parties and violate our Terms of Service. WhatsApp doesn’t support these third-party apps because we can’t validate their security practices,” the company states on its FAQ page.
Before switching to the original app, WhatsApp recommends you to back up their chat history. Those using GBWhatsApp can follow these steps to save their chat history. However, WhatsApp does not guaranty that this process will work as it doesn’t support unofficial apps.
— Wait for the temporary ban to end. The timer will show you the length of the ban.
— Open GB WhatsApp and tap More options > Chats > Back up chats.
— Go to Phone Settings > tap Storage > Files.
— Find the folder GB WhatsApp and tap and hold to select it.
— In the upper right corner tap More > Rename and rename the folder to “WhatsApp.”
— Go to the Play Store and download and install the official WhatsApp app.
— On the Backup found screen, tap Restore > Next. WhatsApp should load with your existing chats.
If you are using WhatsApp Plus and your chat history was previously saved then it should automatically transfer to the official WhatsApp app. To save chat history simply download the official app and verify your phone number.
What are GBWhatsApp and WhatsApp Plus apps?
These are basically modified versions of WhatsApp and come with extra features which you don’t get in the original app. For example, GBWhatsApp allows you to create dual WhatsApp accounts if needed which is not possible in the original app. GBWhatsApp also allows you to block incoming calls. Similarly, WhatsApp Plus also comes with a host of additional features like auto-reply, increased forward limit, ability to schedule messages and more.
Before downloading these apps you should know that these apps are not supported by WhatsApp or Facebook and are prone to malwares. There is always a chance of losing or risking your data with such apps