How To Change WhatsApp Number Without Losing Chats

WhatsApp has a dedicated “Change Number” feature that lets you change your number whenever you switch to any new number. In this guide, we will explain you how you can change WhatsApp number without losing chats.

Undoubtedly, instant messaging apps have become the first point of communication with family, friends, and even small business use WhatsApp to quickly drop an update to their customers. WhatsApp has lots of features apart from chats, like audio and video calling, creating groups, sending voice notes and even doing payments. Even you can use WhatsApp audio and video calling feature on desktop.

To use these features, you need to sign in with you number, and you should update your current number whenever to switch to a new number. But before attempting this, it always comes in our mind that what will happen to our contacts, groups or chats.

WhatsApp Change Number Feature

The Change Number feature allows you smoothly change from old to new number. It also allows informing your contacts that you have changed your number. The best part is, you will not lose your chats while changing number on WhatsApp. This feature is available to both Android and iOS users.

How To Change WhatsApp Number Without Losing Chats

Before going through number change process on WhatsApp, you must know that your new number should be active. As once you confirm changing the number, WhatsApp will send you an a six digit OTP that needs to be confirmed to successfully change the number. So, make sure to activate the new SIM card and insert it on the phone.

Secondly, you old number should be still registered with the WhatsApp account.

To check which number is registered on your WhatsApp account, do the following:

  • Open WhatsApp;
  • Click on the three dots on top-right corner, then click on “Settings“;
  • Tap on your Profile icon;
  • You will see your name, and registered phone number.

So, now follow the steps below to change WhatsApp number without losing chats.

How To Change WhatsApp Number Without Losing Chats
How To Change WhatsApp Number Without Losing Chats
  • Open WhatsApp on your smartphone.
  • Click on the three dots on top-right corner, then click on “Settings“;
  • Next, select “Account” and then tap on “Change Number” option;
  • Now, the new screen will prompt you to confirm that whether you are able to receive SMS or calls on your new number. If yes, then only click on the “Next” button.  If not, then insert the new SIM to a phone and make sure it is active. Next prompt is about if you are changing both your number and phone. If so, then first change number to your old phone/device. Then follow the same steps to the new phone;
  • Next, enter your old and new phone numbers;
  • Tap on the “Next” button;
  • WhatsApp will notify you that you are about to change your number. By default only groups will be notified about the change. However, if you wish to notify your contacts then toggle the button next to “Notify my Contacts“;
  • You can choose from the options: All contacts, Contacts I have chat with, or custom;
  • After confirming, tap “Done“.
  • WhatsApp will ask to register your new number by entering the six-digit code send to your new number.
  • Once you have registered your new number on WhatsApp, you will see your chats and contacts like before.

Note: If you are switching to a new phone then you should first take a backup of your WhatsApp data to Google Drive or if you an iPhone user then you can choose iCloud. You can choose what to backup and then when you will switch to new phone then you can choose the restore option.


Nupur is a tech writer at TechGeekSpace. She loves exploring latest tech, gadgets and have been writing on various topics related to technology, software, Gadgets, Windows, Mac, Internet, Android, and the latest tips and tricks.

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