How to opt out of WhatsApp’s data sharing with Facebook

WhatsApp has just changed its terms of service to allow it to share user data with parent company Facebook for ads targeting. This is alarming as WhatsApp has committed to keeping user information separate when the company was bought.

If you launch WhatsApp and see an updated Terms of Service page, do NOT tap on the “Agree” button. Instead tap the bottom bar “Read more about the key updates to our Terms and Privacy Policy”. You will now see a new section that reads “Share my WhatsApp account information with Facebook to improve my Facebook ads and products experiences. Your chats and phone number will not be shared onto Facebook regardless of this setting” at the bottom with a switch. Turn OFF the switch and tap the “Agree” button.

How to opt out of WhatsApp's data sharing with Facebook

If you did not pay attention and accepted those new terms, you can still opt out within 30 days by going to Settings tab > Account. There you will find a “share my account info” switch that you can revoke your permission.

WhatsApp has a FAQ page if you need more info.