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How to download all your WhatsApp data

You can find out everything WhatsApp knows about you. The latest beta version of WhatsApp (version 2.18.128) lets you download a transparency report, a document that the European Union has imposed on social networks and messaging apps. The normal version of your favorite app will have this report ready before May 25, which is the deadline the EU has determined for making this report available to users.

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Want to take a look at this report? Download the beta version of WhatsApp (from this link), click on the three vertical dots, then on Settings and Account. There, you’ll see the new option “Request info on my account.” Hopefully, you’re not in a rush because WhatsApp will notify you that the report could take between 1-3 days to complete. However, the first users to try it out say that the report takes a few hours to be sent over, not days.

While you wait for this report to arrive, don’t even think of making any drastic changes to your account, such as changing your number. In this case, the process of creating and sending the report will be canceled.

Once you receive the report, download it. You’ll then have a .ZIP file in your hands. Inside, there will be two folders: one in HTML format, the other in JSON. You only have to worry about the first: this one has all the info that matters and can be opened using any browser.

If you don’t want to download the report but you want to know what type of info it has about you, you’ll be relieved to know that the content WhatsApp stores isn’t as worrisome as Facebook. There is basic info on the user (cell phone number, device operating system), registration info (such as cell phone model), and the status of your settings.

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