About minimum age to use WhatsApp

You must be at least 13 years old (or older in certain countries) to register for and use WhatsApp.
Please refer to our Terms of Service for more information.
  • Creating an account with false information is a violation of our Terms.
  • Registering an account on behalf of someone who does not meet minimum age requirements is also a violation of our Terms.

Additional resources for you

We provide a range of tools, features, and resources to help keep users safe. For example, we take steps to ensure people can’t search for your phone number on WhatsApp, and that you can:
  • Choose who can contact you
  • Control who can add you to group chats
  • Hide your personal information like your last seen and online, profile photo, and about
  • Leave group chats silently
You can learn more about privacy and safety information for teen users on WhatsApp here.

Report a user under 13 on WhatsApp

If a user under the age of 13 created a WhatsApp account, you can show them how to delete their account by following the steps in this article.
As a parent or guardian, you can report your minor’s account to us through email. Please include the following documentation and redact or hide any unrelated information:
  • Proof of ownership of the WhatsApp number (e.g., copy of government-issued identification card and phone bill with the same name)
  • Proof of parental authority (e.g., copy of birth or adoption certificate for the minor)
  • Proof of minor's date of birth (e.g., copy of birth or adoption certificate)
We'll promptly disable the WhatsApp account if it's reasonably verifiable that the account belongs to the reported user. You won't receive confirmation of this action. Our ability to review and take appropriate action on a report significantly improves with the completeness of the information requested above.
If we’re not able to reasonably verify that the account belongs to the reported user, then we may not be able to take action on the account. In this case, if you're not the parent of this user, then we strongly recommend that you encourage a parent to contact us using the instructions above.

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