Did you just change your phone number or the existing one got deactivated for some reason? The latter happened to me and it was the number associated with my WhatsApp account. Does it sound like a similar story as yours? Well, we are here to help you with it. All you need to do is change WhatsApp number to a new one. At the same time, taking care that no data or chats are lost. Keep reading this tutorial to learn how to achieve it on iPhone and Android devices.
Whatever may be your reason for changing the number in WhatsApp we’ve you covered with this step-by-step guide.
So, let’s get started.
Change WhatsApp Number Without Losing Data
I have used the steps and screenshots from iPhone but Android users shouldn’t face any difficulty while following them as the process is more or less the same.
- Launch WhatsApp and go to Settings. On iOS, it is at the bottom right at the time of writing. For Android, tap on the 3 dots at the top right and select Settings.
- Under Settings, select Account.
- Next, tap on Change Number.
- The next screen will share a few details about the migration. Tap on Next at the top right.
- Now, type your existing/old phone number and the new one. Finally, tap on Next to initialize migration.
That’s all there’s to it. If the phone numbers you entered are correct and match, your WhatsApp account will be switched to the new phone number within a few seconds.
What Happens When You Change Phone Number on WhatsApp?
Here’s all the data that is transferred to the new account.
- Your Account and profile information
- All the Groups
- Current Account Settings
Apart from that, the WhatsApp account that was registered with the old phone number will be deleted.
Coming to the data and chat history, everything will be migrated to the account with the new number as long as you are using the same smartphone.
So, the Change Number feature takes care of your messages and media and transfers them automatically while migrating your account.
In case you wish to switch to the new account on a different phone and at the same time keep all the data then you need to first take backup on the old phone. After that, restore the backup on the new device. Once you transfer all the WhatsApp account information on the new phone you can use the WhatsApp Change Number option on it to change the number.
This will make sure that you don’t lose data while switching to a new number on a different phone.
Will Your Contacts be Notified of the Changed Number?
WhatsApp will automatically notify the contacts and groups with whom you had a conversation and not all of them. The notification will look something like – “212121(old number) changed to 121212(new number)”
Currently, it works like this but with the latest reports, it seems WhatsApp will be adding a new feature that will notify your contacts when you change your phone number.
We hope that you were able to change WhatsApp number and all your queries related to it were answered. If you have any other questions feel free to drop a comment and let us know.
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