How to register your phone number

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We send you a registration code to confirm that you own the phone number you want to use on WhatsApp. The registration code is unique and changes each time you register a new phone number or device. You can register with an SMS message or phone call.
Note: If you’re re-registering your phone number, you can get a code via email If you’ve added your email address to your account in your WhatsApp settings, during your initial registration, or during two-step verification setup.
After registering your phone number with WhatsApp, you can use your fingerprint, face, or screen lock to verify it’s you with a passkey for future verification. To set up a passkey, read this article.
You must verify your phone number to begin using WhatsApp.
Note: If you wish to use both WhatsApp Business and WhatsApp, you must use a unique phone number for each app.
To verify your phone number:
  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Press Terms & Policy to read our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
  3. Press Agree to accept our Terms and continue.
  4. Press Choose a country.
  5. Search for or select your country and press SELECT COUNTRY.
  6. Enter your phone number.
    • Press Help if you want to visit our Help Center or Contact us.
  7. Press Next > OK to receive the verification code via SMS.
    • Note: WhatsApp usually sends the verification code via SMS or automated voice call from a phone number with the country code for the country you are registering from.
  8. Enter the 6-digit code from the SMS.
    • If you didn't receive the code, you can press Resend SMS or Call me to have our automated system call you with the code.
  9. Enter your name. Please note:
    • The name limit is 25 characters.
    • You can also add a Profile photo.
  10. Press Done.
Note: The video below is only applicable to WhatsApp users that have a JioPhone or JioPhone 2.

Troubleshooting steps
If you didn't receive the 6-digit code by SMS:
  • Wait for the progress bar to finish and retry. The wait may take up to 10 minutes.
  • Don't guess the code, or you’ll be locked out for a period of time.
  • If the timer runs out before you receive the code, an option will appear to request a phone call. Tap Call me to request the call. When you answer the call, an automated voice will tell you the 6-digit code. Insert that to verify.
If you're still having issues completing registration, read this article for more tips.
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