WhatsApp phone number change: Here's how to do so on new and old phones – HT Tech

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Have you changed your phone number recently? Your phone number is required to run several social media applications like WhatsApp, Instagram, Telegram, among many others. Therefore, if you change your phone number you will also have to get it updated in these social media apps. WhatsApp users can do so with the help of the WhatsApp change number feature available on the application. “The change number feature allows you to change the phone number associated with your WhatsApp account on the same or a new phone,” said WhatsApp in its FAQ page.
The WhatsApp phone number change feature will transfer your account information, including your profile photo, name, about, individual chats, group chats, and settings from your old phone number to your new phone number. It will also delete the WhatsApp account associated with your old phone number, so your contacts will no longer see your old phone number in their WhatsApp contacts lists. You can choose whether you want your contacts to be notified about your phone number change. Your group chats will be notified when you change your phone number regardless of whether you choose to notify your contacts. Also Read: WhatsApp Update: Users can check status updates in chats list! Know details
However before changing the phone number WhatsApp users need to make sure their new phone number can receive SMS or phone calls and has an active cellular connection. Also, make sure your old phone number is currently registered on WhatsApp. You can find your registered phone number by opening WhatsApp, then tapping More options > Settings > tap your profile photo. Also Read: WhatsApp to introduce filters that will change your chatting experience
Here is how you can change WhatsApp phone number on the same phone and also change phone number on a new phone. Check the step-by-step guide below.
1. First insert the new SIM card with the new phone number into your phone.
2. Then open WhatsApp.
3. Tap More options > Settings > Account > Change number > NEXT.
4. Enter your old phone number in the first field and your new phone number in the second field.
5. Tap NEXT.
6. 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 will need to search for or select the contacts you want to notify, then tap the check mark .
7. Tap DONE. You will then be prompted to register your new phone number.
If you want to transfer your chat history, you will need to create a Google Drive backup on your old phone. If you do not create a backup you will need to manually transfer your backup.
After changing your phone number on your old phone, install WhatsApp on your new phone.
Register your new phone number.
Restore your backup.
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