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Permanent WhatsApp ban: what you need to know (and how to avoid it)

Some of you may have seen the stories floating around that, following the temporary bans imposed by WhatsApp on those making use of unauthorized WhatsApp clients like WhatsAppMD and WhatsApp+, permanent bans for the lifetime of a phone number are now being unceremoniously doled out. Not quite.

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The stories about a lifetime WhatsApp ban are a little blown out of proportion / © ANDROIDPIT

As was the case with the panic button being pre-emptively pushed regarding the temporary ban, a simple email to WhatsApp has cleared things right up. Despite several reports claiming users of alternative WhatsApp clients (that WhatsApp has been taking pains to shut down recently) are suffering a lifetime WhatsApp ban, the ''permanent'' ban is only permanent insofar as those users continue to use unauthorized apps that make use of WhatsApp's core service.

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With WhatsApp calling now activated, this is not the time to get yourself banned. / © ANDROIDPIT

Much like with the temporary lockouts previously, this ''permanent'' ban has been blown out of the water and is totally reversible if you stop using WhatsAppMD, OGWhatsApp or WhatsApp+ or whatever your particular brand of poison might be. While you may not like WhatsApp taking control over their own product, they certainly have the right to. As a WhatsApp spokesman had to say:

There is no permanent ban. But if people continue to use WhatsApp+ they will not be able to use WhatsApp as we have said previously. Once they uninstall the unauthorized app and install [the official] WhatsApp they will be able to use WhatsApp. So there is no change in our position here.

So if you've found yourself facing lifetime ban from WhatsApp it's probably because you failed to heed the previous warning: WhatsApp wants WhatsApp left as WhatsApp. If you think you can't live without some WhatsApp+ features, then write WhatsApp an email requesting it for inclusion in a future update. Because if you don't you'll soon be missing out on all WhatsApp features altogether.

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Are you still using unofficial WhatsApp services? Have you faced a ban?

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  • Rajesh k. Apr 25, 2016 Link to comment

    How long time WhatsApp keeps banning a no. If user have been banned by WhatsApp permanently
    As I'm unable to verify my no. Error msg. Comnes that " my no. Has been banned by WhatsApp pls.contact support."
    I have. Mailed then but didn't get any satisfactory rply from WhatsApp.
    Pls suggest how long period of time WhatsApp keeps banning a no. Permanenly. ???

  • Rasta Mar 10, 2015 Link to comment

    Have faced a ban before when using an old version of Whatsapp+ but am now using Whatsapp+ 6.76 Anti-ban

  • My1 Mar 8, 2015 Link to comment

    how can they even detect that it's a wrong app. I mean +/MD are based of WA's code and even if they push new measures with updates, they cant really force you to update as there are ppl with bad i-net and evrything out there...

  • How about those that use "App Settings" to change the font and DPI of WhatsApp? For me the stock app is huge and I need a smaller frame, font, pictures, etc...

  • How to get whatsapp calling feature,I have already installed latest version 2.11.556

  • Loony Mar 7, 2015 Link to comment

    Still using WhatsApp+

  • Unable to get WhatsApp calling feature!

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