How to change your phone number

You can change the phone number associated with your WhatsApp account. Before changing your phone number:
  • Make sure your new phone number can receive SMS texts or phone calls.
  • Make sure your new phone number has an active cellular connection.
  • Make sure your old phone number is currently registered on WhatsApp on your phone. You can find your registered phone number by opening WhatsApp Settings.
  • Make sure you’re using a supported phone number. Unsupported phone numbers can’t be registered on WhatsApp and include:
    • VoIP
    • Toll-free numbers
    • Paid premium numbers
    • Universal access numbers (UAN)
    • Personal numbers
    • Landlines (Note: Landlines are only accepted on the WhatsApp Business app)

Change phone number on the same phone

Insert the SIM card with the new phone number into your phone. Then follow the steps below.
  1. Open WhatsApp Settings.
  2. Tap Account > Change Number > Next.
  3. Enter your old phone number in the first field and your new phone number in the second field, both in full international format.
  4. Tap Next.
    • 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'll need to search for or select the contacts you want to notify, then tap Done.
    • Your group chats are automatically notified when you change phone numbers, regardless of whether you choose to notify your contacts.
  5. Tap Done.
  6. You'll then be prompted to register your new phone number. Learn more in this article.

Change phone number on a new phone

To transfer your chat history, create an iCloud or computer backup on your old phone. Learn how to back up to iCloud in this article. For information on restoring your chat history without an iCloud or computer backup, visit the Apple Support website.
After changing your phone number on your old phone, follow the steps below using your new phone:
  1. Install WhatsApp.
  2. Register your new phone number again.
  3. Restore your backup.
Note: If you change your phone number and use the same WhatsApp account, your blocked contacts will stay blocked.

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