How to Accept WhatsApp’s New Policy After Clicking ‘Not Now?’ – Is There a Way to Accept the New Policy Manually?

As you know by now, numerous WhatsApp users are starting to see a rather peculiar pop-up on their phones. The app is going through privacy policy changes, allowing WhatsApp to share more data with its parent company, Facebook. However, we’re sure that many of you were quick to dismiss that notification. So, the question is – how to accept WhatsApp’s new privacy policy if you’ve skipped it, or if you’ve clicked on ‘Not Now?’ 

We have to admit that there’s no clear answer to that question. WhatsApp is trying out different methods to persuade people to accept the new privacy policy. However, you still have some options, so let’s talk about those. 

Skipped Accepting WhatsApp’s New Privacy Policy? Can You Still Accept It Manually & How? 

First and foremost, know that WhatsApp’s new privacy policy will become active on May 15, 2021. Therefore, there’s still plenty of time to review your options, as well as think about your relationship with this app and its parent company. 

Can You Accept WhatsApp’s New Privacy Policy Manually? 

At the moment, there’s no way to accept WhatsApp’s new privacy policy manually. For now, WhatsApp has chosen to inform its users via a pop-up. This notification usually appears once you open the app (but it might appear at any moment). Interestingly enough, it looks like there’s no specific rule regarding when and how this pop-up notification is displayed. 

With that said, there’s no option right now to accept this new privacy policy manually. However, as we’re getting closer to the deadline (May 15, 2021), WhatsApp will most probably force each of its users (at least those affected by this change) to accept the new privacy policy. Otherwise, those users will be locked out of their WhatsApp accounts. 

Note

Interestingly enough, users in the European Union won’t be affected by WhatsApp’s new privacy policy. Thanks to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), WhatsApp’s data-sharing practices will be more limited than in the rest of the world. Users in the EU might still see a notification about this privacy policy change, though.

What Happens If You’ve Clicked on ‘Not Now’ When Asked About WhatsApp’s New Policy?

If you’ve clicked on ‘Not Now’ when presented with WhatsApp’s new privacy policy, that means you haven’t accepted those new terms. Therefore, you’re still using WhatsApp based on the currently active privacy policy, which will be changed on May 15, 2021. 

In other words, there’s no need to do anything right now. WhatsApp will most likely present more chances to accept the new privacy policy. And even if you skip all those chances, the app will probably receive an update on May 15, preventing your access unless you accept the new terms.  

Can You Lose Your WhatsApp Account (If You Don’t Accept the New Policy)? 

Yes, you can lose access to your WhatsApp account unless you accept the new privacy policy. If you don’t want to agree to the new privacy policy, WhatsApp suggests you delete your account. You need to do this from within the app and not by uninstalling the app from your phone. 

If you wish to delete your account, go to Settings > Account > Delete My Account. Keep in mind that all your data will vanish from WhatsApp’s servers, and that includes your undelivered messages as well.

If you wish to continue using WhatsApp, feel free to use it like you usually do. At one point, you will be presented with a non-dismissible pop-up, asking you to accept WhatsApp’s new privacy policy – or be locked out of your account. 

Note

In certain countries (based on their laws), WhatsApp might not even ask for your permission to implement these latest privacy policy changes. Instead, you will automatically agree to those changes simply by continuing to use WhatsApp past May 15, 2021. 

So, do you plan on accepting WhatsApp’s privacy policy – or will you delete your account? Let us know your thoughts via the comments section below. And finally, thanks for reading!

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