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Life without WhatsApp seems quite difficult in present times. But there are occasions when some of us don't want to use our personal phone number to make an account with WhatsApp and keep our privacy intact. Since every WhatsApp user knows that phone number verification is a must step to open a WhatsApp account, but what if I tell you that there are some ways to use WhatsApp without phone number. In this guide, we will closely look at how to use WhatsApp without phone number and present the best possible methods available today.

Part 1. Is It Thinkable to Use WhatsApp Without Phone Number or SIM?

To be honest, WhatsApp requires you to sign up using your own phone number, which is currently linked with that smartphone. So, when you install WhatsApp and run the app, it will ask you to enter your phone number to receive a one-time verification code. If you are using the same phone number and the associated SIM is in your smartphone, then WhatsApp will sense the code automatically and let you start using WhatsApp. Probably everyone knows about this process.

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But if you want to use WhatsApp without a phone number or SIM, then instead of entering your phone number in the verification process, you can enter another number or use a temporary/virtual number. This way, you will be able to use WhatsApp without your phone number. Follow the next part to learn how to do it.

Part 2. How to Use WhatsApp Without Phone Number

There are two recommended ways to use WhatsApp without phone number. One way is to use a landline number and the other way is to use a temporarily generated number via a third-party service. Let's have a closer look at them one-by-one.

Method 1. Verify WhatsApp Using Existing Landline

The easiest way to use WhatsApp without phone number is to take advantage of the existing landline number. Most of us have a landline connection, so it can be used to verify WhatsApp. Follow the below steps to verify WhatsApp using landline number:

  • 1 Install WhatsApp on your smartphone and launch it. If you are already using WhatsApp, then uninstall it and reinstall it back. But it is recommended that you back up your WhatsApp data to your computer before uninstalling it.
  • 2 Once you are on the WhatsApp verification interface, input the landline number along with the country code and click "Next".
  • 3 WhatsApp will send an SMS code, but it will not be received. So, wait for 1 min till the SMS process fails, and then click the "Call me" option.
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  • 4 Once you receive the call on your landline number, enter the numbers you hear from the call. Doing so will verify the number automatically.

This way, you have successfully verified WhatsApp using the landline number. The verification is just a one-time process, so you will never be bothered with any kind of verification again.

Method 2. Verify WhatsApp Using Virtual Number via TextNow

If you don't have access to a landline number, then you can use a temporary or virtual number to verify WhatsApp. There are different services that provide temporary or virtual numbers, but we have found TextNow as a reliable one. It works perfectly for both Android and iPhone devices.

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Follow the below steps to verify WhatsApp using TextNow:

  • 1 Install TextNow app on your Android or iPhone device. Provide the area code to the application so that it can provide you 5 different number choices. Pick any one of them.
  • 2 Install and launch WhatsApp. In the verification window, enter the virtual number you selected from TextNow and click "Next".
  • 3 Wait till the SMS verification process fails and then click the "Call me" option. In the meanwhile, ensure that the TextNow app is running in the background.
  • 4 You will receive a call on your TextNow number, providing the verification code. So, enter the verification code in WhatsApp and complete the process.

This way, you have signed in to WhatsApp without using your phone or landline number.

Bonus Tip. How to Change WhatsApp Number Without Verification?

The above methods explain how to use WhatsApp without a phone number, but require you to uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp if you have an existing running WhatsApp. If you don't want to uninstall WhatsApp, but still want to change your WhatsApp number, then you can do it with the built-in "change number" feature of WhatsApp.

WhatsApp allows its users to change the existing WhatsApp number with a new one from inside the app. This way, you can remove your phone number and enter the virtual number while keeping your chat history intact. Follow the below steps to switch the WhatsApp number:

  • 1 Install TextNow app on your Android or iPhone device. Provide the area code to the application so that it can provide you 5 different number choices. Pick any one of them.
  • 2 Open WhatsApp, go to Settings > Account > Change number. Press "Next" to agree with the terms and conditions.
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  • 3 Enter your present number (old number) first with the country code and then enter your new number with the country code. Once done, click "Next".
  • 4 WhatsApp will send a verification SMS code to your new number. Once the SMS verification process fails, click the "Call me" option. In the meanwhile, ensure that the TextNow app is running in the background.
  • 5 You will receive a call on your TextNow number, providing the verification code. So, enter the verification code in WhatsApp and complete the process.

This way, you have successfully changed your WhatsApp number without verifying your old phone number & uninstalling WhatsApp.

Conclusion

I hope this guide addresses your concern about how to use WhatsApp without phone number. Now the question is that which method should you pick? Either you should opt for a landline number or virtual number approach? The answer depends on how much privacy you want to ensure. So, pick the method you like and enjoy using WhatsApp without providing your phone number.

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Olivia Tucker Updated: Jul 28, 2021, Filed to Transfer WhatsApp

Olivia Tucker has in-depth knowledge in the field of mobile phones and computers. She has been committed to provide convenient solutions of managing WhatsApp data.

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