WhatsApp phone number change: Here’s how to do so on new and old phones

If you are a WhatsApp user and have changed your mobile number, you need to change it on WhatsApp too (if you no longer use the older number). Here is how WhatsApp phone number change can be done.

Have you changed your phone number recently? Your phone number is required to run several social media applications like WhatsApp, Instagram, Telegram, among many others. Therefore, if you change your phone number you will also have to get it updated in these social media apps. WhatsApp users can do so with the help of the WhatsApp change number feature available on the application. “The change number feature allows you to change the phone number associated with your WhatsApp account on the same or a new phone,” said WhatsApp in its FAQ page.

The WhatsApp phone number change feature will transfer your account information, including your profile photo, name, about, individual chats, group chats, and settings from your old phone number to your new phone number. It will also delete the WhatsApp account associated with your old phone number, so your contacts will no longer see your old phone number in their WhatsApp contacts lists. You can choose whether you want your contacts to be notified about your phone number change. Your group chats will be notified when you change your phone number regardless of whether you choose to notify your contacts. Also Read: WhatsApp Update: Users can check status updates in chats list! Know details

However before changing the phone number WhatsApp users need to make sure their new phone number can receive SMS or phone calls and has an active cellular connection. Also, make sure your old phone number is currently registered on WhatsApp. You can find your registered phone number by opening WhatsApp, then tapping More options > Settings > tap your profile photo. Also Read: WhatsApp to introduce filters that will change your chatting experience

See also  WhatsApp Testing Feature to Show Estimated Time of Arrival for File Sharing, New Drawing Tools

Here is how you can change WhatsApp phone number on the same phone and also change phone number on a new phone. Check the step-by-step guide below.

WhatsApp: How to change phone number on same phone

1. First insert the new SIM card with the new phone number into your phone.

2. Then open WhatsApp.

3. Tap More options > Settings > Account > Change number > NEXT.

4. Enter your old phone number in the first field and your new phone number in the second field.

5. Tap NEXT.

6. If you turn on Notify contacts, you can choose if you want to notify All contacts, Contacts I have chats with, or Custom… If you select Custom…, you will need to search for or select the contacts you want to notify, then tap the check mark .

7. Tap DONE. You will then be prompted to register your new phone number.