It has all happened to us that at some point we have had to change the number of our phone. This is more of a headache because we need to learn a new number, communicate it to our friends and in addition to this, link all our apps and accounts online with this new phone number. Without doubt one of the most important is WhatsApp.
Although there are many messaging apps like Telegram or Facebook Messenger, none of them enjoy the popularity of WhatsApp. In recent years it has become a fundamental part of our day to day, and most of us get up answering messages and go to bed after sending WhatsApps good night.
If you just changed your phone number or plan to do so soon, don’t go too far because this article interests you. In it we will explain step by step how to change the WhatsApp phone number so you can continue using the messaging app as if nothing had happened. We hope it helps you!
Before starting the process to change your number, you need to make sure you meet the following requirements. First make sure that your WhatsApp application is linked to your old phone number.
To do this, open WhatsApp, click on “More options” (it is the icon of the three vertical dots) and then click on “Settings”. In the new window, click on your profile picture to verify which number WhatsApp is linked to.
Secondly, it is necessary that your new SIM card plan allows you to receive both SMS messages and international calls. This is because, as you well know, in order to link any WhatsApp account to a number you will need to verify it with a code sent to your mobile phone or with a call.
Step 1: Insert your new SIM card into the phone
As we know, changing numbers implies changing SIM cards. That is why if you have not done so yet, insert the SIM card into your mobile phone so that it links your new number to the device.
Step 2: Access the WhatsApp settings menu
Once your SIM is changed, access the WhatsApp settings. To do this, open the application and click on the “More options” button, it is very simple to see with the naked eye because it has the appearance of three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the screen. Once inside the options menu, click on “Settings”.
If you are an iOS user, press the “Settings” button in the lower right corner of the screen.
Step 3: Change your WhatsApp account number
In the Settings menu click on the “Account” option followed by “Change number”. Next WhatsApp will request in its first box that you enter the old telephone number to which you have linked the account.
In the second box, type your current phone number and when you finish, click on the SIG button.
Finally, WhatsApp will offer you the possibility to notify your contacts that you have changed your phone number. This is a practical option in case you haven’t had time to tell your friends that you no longer use your old number. After this, press the OK button.
Step 4: Verify your new number
To finish the process, you will simply need to verify your phone number by entering the code that WhatsApp is going to send you via an SMS or a call. As simple as that!
We hope you find this guide useful when changing the phone number of your WhatsApp account.