How To Stop WhatsApp From Giving Facebook Your Phone Number


Since Facebook bought Whatsapp, there’s been increasing updates and all what nots. The latest in this trend is the ability of Whatsapp to give Facebook your number.

Whatsapp wants to give Facebook your number and other data so as to help its parent company run analytics to make Facebook more personal.

“By coordinating more with Facebook, we’ll be able to do things like track basic metrics about how often people use our services and better fight spam on WhatsApp,” WhatsApp said in a blog.

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What do all these bogus grammar mean?

Here’s an example:

Simply put, sharing your contact with Facebook means you’ll get friend requests from people you talk to in Whatsapp. You will also receive ads that are targeted personally at you, based on the data retrieved from Whatsapp. You can read the full WhatsApp privacy policy here.

That sounds harmless unless you do not want everyone on your WhatsApp contact being friends with you on Facebook. If the latter is your case, then you better opt out from this new update.

And you have less than 30 days to opt out of this setting. Yes, although there’s a way to pull out of this setting, you don’t have forever. The window to opt out closes on September 25, so the sooner you do this,  the better.

There are two ways to prevent Whatsapp from sharing your number with Facebooks. You could either:

A. Read The Terms And Conditions

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Uncheck this box before tapping ‘Agree’

This is one of those times that skipping the terms and conditions and just clicking ‘Agree’ is bound to cost you. After updating your Whatsapp (which you should do immediately), read the terms and conditions. Scroll all the way to the bottom, there’s a box that’s checked to enable WhatsApp to give your number to Facebook, uncheck it.

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B. Whatsapp Settings

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Uncheck the box and tap ‘ Don’t Share’

Now we are sure some updated their Whatsapp without checking out the terms and conditions. If you are one of those, there’s no need to panic, you just need to change your Whatsapp settings. When you go into your Whatsapp settings, tap ‘Account’ , go to ‘Share my account info’ and uncheck the box that enables Whatsapp to share your number with Facebook.