How to Change WhatsApp Phone Number Without Losing Chats

Did you know you can easily change your WhatsApp phone number without losing your chats? Here is how to switch to a new number easily and smartly.

Quick WhatsApp Review

WhatsApp instant messaging platform is arguably one of the most used social apps on smartphones. It allows sending and receiving encrypted messages as well as making voice and video calls using both its Android, iOS and Web apps.

Telegram used to be the only well-known WhatsApp competitor around until the emergence of Signal after an adjustment was made to  WhatsApp privacy. During this time, Telegram even steps up its game by allowing WhatsApp users to import their chats to its platform. However, WhatsApp has since put in place measures to ensure that trust is well kept with the app users.

A WhatsApp account is uniquely added to the phone number. Meaning that you cannot have two accounts with a common phone number. Also, having an account logged in on multiple devices is still not allowed, except with WhatsApp web. However, you can use multiple WhatsApp accounts on a single device.

Changing WhatsApp Phone Number

WhatsApp also allows users to change the existing number associated with their accounts without losing their previous chats. The WhatsApp Change Number feature lets you easily move from a phone number to another and automatically notifies your contacts once a change is made.

To easily change your WhatsApp number, kindly follow the well-explained guide below:

How to Change WhatsApp Phone Number Without Losing Chats

Before you proceed, first ensure the SIM card to the phone number you are switching to is inserted into your phone so as to receive SMS/phone call verification. Once this is done, you can proceed to the next steps.

  1. Launch WhatsApp and go to Settings >> Account and tap Change Number.
  2. A confirmation screen is displayed to confirm if you’re able to receive SMS or phone calls on the new number. Confirm and tap Next.
  3. Now, enter your old and new numbers and tap Next. WhatsApp will ask whether to notify your contacts about the number change. You can set to notify all contacts, contacts you have chat with or custom numbers. However, groups are automatically notified about the change in number.
  4. Next, tap Done and you will be prompted to register your new number. A six-digit code is sent by SMS or a phone call and will be required to complete the process. After completion, your chats are retained and made available on WhatsApp with the new phone number.
 

Note:

The process required in changing your WhatsApp phone number is different from changing WhatsApp to a new device. You are advised to back up your chats and restore later once you have switched to your new device.

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