How Do I Change the Phone Number on My Whatsapp Account?

If you have WhatsApp and you also have a new phone number, you need to change your number on WhatsApp. That way, you can still have access to all your group chats. There are different procedures to follow, depending on whether you have a new phone or a new number. You can only use a number that WhatsApp supports, though.

If you have a WhatsApp account and have recently changed your phone number, then you should change the phone number on your WhatsApp account. That way, you can stay connected to all your chats with the new number. This article will teach you how to do it.

Before You Do Anything Else

Before you try changing your number, you need to make sure that it's a number that WhatsApp supports. WhatsApp does not support:

  • Landlines
  • Universal access numbers
  • VoIP
  • Toll free numbers
  • Paid premium numbers
  • Personal numbers

Your new number must also be capable of receiving SMS messages and have an active cellular connection.

How To Change the Number while Using the Same Phone

To change your phone number on WhatsApp while keeping your old phone, follow these instructions:

  1. Put the new SIM card with the new number into your phone.
  2. Turn on your phone.
  3. Open WhatsApp.
  4. Tap on More Options.
  5. Tap on Settings.
  6. Tap on Account.
  7. Tap on Change Number.
  8. Tap on Next.
  9. Enter your previous phone number in the upper text field. It must be in international phone number format, with the area code and number preceded by a + and your country's code (the code for America is 1).
  10. Enter your new phone number in the lower text field in international phone number format.
  11. Tap on Next.
  12. If you wish to notify your WhatsApp contacts about your new phone number, tap on Notify Contacts, then choose the contacts you wish to notify. Other members of your group chats will be automatically notified, so you don't have to worry about them.
  13. Tap on Done. You will be prompted to verify your new phone number.
  14. Select your country from the drop-down list.
  15. Enter your new number.
  16. Tap on Next. You will be sent a security code by SMS.
  17. Enter the code.

How To Change the Number When You Get a New Phone

If you are changing the number because you got a new phone, follow these instructions before you get rid of the old phone:

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Tap on More Options.
  3. Tap on Settings.
  4. Tap on Chats.
  5. Tap on Chat Backup.
  6. Select a Google account to save the chats to.
  7. Tap on Back Up.
  8. Install WhatsApp on your new phone. You will be prompted to verify your phone number.
  9. Choose your country from the list.
  10. Enter your new number.
  11. Tap on Next. You will be sent a code via SMS.
  12. Enter the code to complete the verification process.
  13. Tap on Restore to restore your chats from the backup you made.

Contacting WhatsApp

Contact a WhatsApp customer service representative if you have any questions or need help. You can only reach one on the WhatsApp help forum. There is no phone contact nor any other online contact option.

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