Facebook-owned messaging app, WhatsApp, has decided to ban users who are using its clone apps. The company stated in a recent statement that it has also banned some users from using WhatsApp and asks to install official app.
GBWhatsApp is one of the popular fake apps which provide numerous customizations compared to official app. Its features include saving any story to your phone, hide blue-tick, hide second ticks, always online and many others.
The company concluded that these modified variants of the official app do not guarantee security and are in violation of its Terms of Service. Its FAQ page says, “If you received an in-app message stating your account is Temporarily banned this means that you’re likely using an unsupported version of WhatsApp instead of the official app”.
If you too have received such message, then probably you are using modded version of WhatsApp. In order to remove the ban, you need to uninstall the current application and download official app from Play Store.
To restore your chats from GBWhatsApp, follow these steps:
- In GBWhatsApp, tap More options >> Chats >>Back up chats.
- Go to Phone Settings, tap Storage, and then hit Files.
- Find the GBWhatsApp folder and rename the folder to WhatsApp.
- Download and install the latest official version of the app.
- Open WhatsApp and verify your phone number.
- When you see the Backup found screen, tap Restore and then Next.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp is testing various new features like Group Invitations, Advanced search & dark-mode. This can also be seen as a move to transform it into more private messaging platform to imply Zuckerberg’s vision of privacy.