WhatsApp Terms of Service (UK)

Read our summary of WhatsApp's Terms of Service (UK).


  • WhatsApp LLC now provides services in the UK, with updated Terms of Service and Privacy Policy as of April 27, 2023.
  • Strong privacy and security principles are a foundation of the service.
  • No access to emergency services through WhatsApp.
  • You must register with accurate information and keep your mobile number updated.
  • Users in the UK must be at least 16 years old to use the services.
  • You are responsible for fees and taxes associated with your use of the services, not WhatsApp.
  • WhatsApp collects and uses user data as described in their Privacy Policy.
  • You must not use WhatsApp for illegal, unauthorized, or unacceptable purposes.
  • You can interact with third-party services through WhatsApp.
  • WhatsApp does not claim ownership of your content.
  • You grant WhatsApp a license to use your content as needed for the service.
  • You are granted a limited license to use WhatsApp services.
  • WhatsApp may disable or suspend your account for violations of terms.
  • Service availability may change, and features may be added or removed.
  • You can terminate your account at any time.
  • WhatsApp may modify, suspend, or terminate your access to services for certain reasons.
  • Terms may be updated, and you will be notified at least 30 days in advance.
  • Your rights and obligations under the terms are not transferable without consent.

Things to watch out for

  • WhatsApp does not provide emergency services, which is critical to understand in case of an emergency.
  • Your account may be suspended or terminated without warning for certain breaches of the terms.
  • WhatsApp has extensive rights to use your content as part of the service.
  • Changes to the terms can occur, and continued use of the service after changes implies acceptance.

AI recommendations

Before agreeing to WhatsApp's Terms of Service, consider the implications of the data practices outlined in their Privacy Policy. Be mindful of the content you share, as WhatsApp has the right to use it within their services. Remember that WhatsApp is not a replacement for traditional communication methods in emergencies, as it does not provide access to emergency services. If you're concerned about your account's security or privacy, regularly review your settings and stay informed about any changes to the terms.


What happens if I violate WhatsApp's Terms of Service?

If you violate the Terms of Service, WhatsApp may take action against your account, including disabling or suspending it, and you may be prohibited from creating a new account without permission.

Can WhatsApp use the content I upload?

Yes, by using WhatsApp's services, you grant them a license to use, reproduce, distribute, and display the content you upload, but only for the purpose of operating and providing their services.

Will I be notified of changes to the Terms of Service?

WhatsApp will provide at least 30 days' advance notice for changes to the Terms, allowing you to review the revised Terms before they become effective.

(Last updated: 18th December, 2023)

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