Facebook-owned messaging service, WhatsApp, has warned users against the dangers of using unofficial apps such as WhatsApp Plus and GB WhatsApp.
WhatsApp has said that anyone using an unsupported version of WhatsApp will receive an in-app message stating that their account has been “temporarily banned”.
The move is an attempt by WhatsApp to eliminate knock-off versions of the app that violate the company’s Terms and Conditions of Service.
The target apps are WhatsApp Plus and GB WhatsApp, which are altered versions of WhatsApp that allow users to add different themes, styles and offer users a wide variety of app settings.
“WhatsApp does not support these third-party apps because we cannot validate their security practices,” the company said.
WhatsApp is clearly the world’s largest cross-platform instant messaging application with over a billion users on the platform. However, sustaining such a massive user base hasn’t always been easy, and for that, WhatsApp constantly rolls out new features to keep users hooked to the app.
It appears those efforts aren’t enough as many users are known to flock over to rival apps, or worse, start using unofficial WhatsApp clones.
Given the situation, WhatsApp is now taking harsh steps to convince users of WhatsApp Plus and GB WhatsApp to switch to the official app or face dire consequences.
While banning users who are using modified WhatsApp apps is a harsh approach, the ban is only a temporary one and users can then switch to the official version of the app.
WhatsApp has shared a detailed FAQ page on how to migrate from unofficial to official WhatsApp app and restore chats.
You might need to back up your chat history before moving to the official WhatsApp app.
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.
If your chat history was previously saved, it should automatically transfer to the official WhatsApp app.