WhatsApp messages have become an integral part of our daily lives. Be it official chat or personal chat, WhatsApp is a great source of staying connected at a time when most of us are still working at work from home mode. And considering your value losing your cell phone could put you in real trouble.
Although when working in the office, we usually use the messaging app on our laptop or PC via a browser or desktop application, WhatsApp only works when the main device, in this case, the smartphone is connected to the internet. And because of this, if you lose your phone or have it stolen, you will not be able to use the messaging app elsewhere.
WhatsApp mentions a few steps you can take if your smartphone is lost or stolen to prevent someone else from accessing your WhatsApp account. Remember that remotely closing a WhatsApp account is not possible.
All you have to do to restore / close your WhatsApp
If your smartphone is lost or stolen make sure you start with a SIM card lock by calling your network provider.
This will prevent WhatsApp account verification from the phone as you can no longer receive SMS or verification calls.
You can now use the new SIM card with the same number to open your old WhatsApp account on the new phone.
Remember that WhatsApp can only be done with one phone number on one device at a time.
In such cases, the second option is to close your WhatsApp account without a SIM card by sending it.
Write, “Lost / Stolen: Please open my account” in the email body with the phone number in full international format.
If you are able to re-open your account within 30 days, you will receive all messages and you can save all WhatsApp groups.
If you are unable to activate your account within 30 days, it will be permanently deleted.