How to change your phone number on WhatsApp
Hey, Bro! The most important thing when updating your phone number on WhatsApp is not to lose the chat and group history, your profile info and settings. WhatsApp allows you to change your phone number without losing data, but pay attention:
- You can use the Change Number feature if your new number will be associated with WA account on your same phone. Also, this feature is intended to be used before you verify your new number;
- The account associated with your old phone number will be deleted, so your contacts will no longer see it in their WhatsApp contact lists.
Moreover, WhatsApp allows you to notify your contacts about phone number changes. Or to be more precise, you can even choose who exactly you need to notify: all your contacts or only certain people. And, of course, you can change your WhatsApp phone number without notifying others about it.
How to change your WhatsApp phone number
Well, to change your WhatsApp phone number you need:
Open profile settings and tap on your profile photo;
Here you can check if your old number is currently verified (if it is not, you need to verify it). Then just tap on your old phone number;
Read the terms on the next screen and tap “Next”;
Then enter your old phone number in the top box, and the new one in the bottom box and tap “Next”;
Now you can choose who you want to notify. Notification is turned off by default. It means that only participants that share group chats with you will see that you changed your number.
If you turn on “Notify contacts” you can select who you want to notify. And if you choose “Custom” you’ll need to select the certain contacts;
After all this, you just need to tap “Done”, and you’ll be prompted to verify your new phone number.
Now you know how to change your WhatsApp phone number with or without notification to others. By the way, if you want to change your local phone number to a foreign one, you can do it in the same way.