Why am I seeing the message “You’re temporarily banned from WhatsApp"?

If we suspect that your account activity constitutes an abuse of our system or a violation of our Terms of Service, your account will be temporarily banned from using WhatsApp. You will receive a warning message in the app that contains the duration of this temporary ban.

During the temporary ban, you will not be able to access any part of your WhatsApp account. You will be able to use your account again after the countdown timer runs out.

To receive more information about this temporary ban, tap on the Learn more option you see on the screen.

Activity that can lead to this temporary ban includes (but is not limited to):

  • Sending too many messages to users who do not have your number saved in their address books. Make sure that you ask all of your WhatsApp contacts to add your current number to their address books.
  • Being blocked by too many people in a short period of time. Make sure you only communicate with people who want to receive messages from you.
  • Creating too many groups that contain users who do not list you in their address books. Make sure that you ask all of your WhatsApp contacts to add your current number to their address books.
  • Sending the same message to too many people. Use Broadcast Lists to send the same message to your contacts.
  • Violating our Terms of Service.

If you see the message "Your phone number is banned from using WhatsApp. Contact support for help.", please read this article.

Cheers,
WhatsApp Support Team