How to change your number on WhatsApp

Your WhatsApp account has always been linked to your mobile number. But, with the latest update(s) on WhatsApp for all platforms, Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Nokia S40 and BlackBerry 10, you can now change your mobile number – that’s porting your WhatsApp account to another number.

This new option Change number is available inside the Account settings tab – Settings > Account > Change number. The operation is really simple. Just enter your old mobile number and the new mobile number in that page, and WhatsApp will do the rest for you. This will move your account info, settings and groups to your new number.

For those using Nokia S40, go to Options > Settings > Change phone number.

WhatsApp change number

Sadly there isn’t an option for you to change number on Nokia Symbian and Windows Phone yet.

Things to note


Make sure that you have both your old mobile SIM and the new one plugged into different mobile phones. WhatsApp needs your new number to be active on a mobile device at the time of changing numbers.

Why this feature?

Most people always go about jumping from one carrier to the other. It is tiresome to take WhatsApp backups, import to the new mobile phone and then restore, isn’t it?

Also, this feature is makes it easy for premium WhatsApp users to continue their membership hassle-free.

Published by Arun Sathiya

Blogger at Devils' Workshop, StrikeBuys. Owns Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300 with CM 11 nightly build. Proud Indian. Needs HSDPA. TVS Alumnus. Learning ECE at SASTRA.

8 replies on “How to change your number on WhatsApp”

  1. This is indeed a very useful option by Whatsapp. Instead of removing and adding, I can now simply switch my number. My free membership was extended to 2 years but I will surely purchase premium membership after it ends.

    1. Yeah, a pretty useful feature. 🙂

      I don’t think it is necessary to purchase the premium membership ever. Most of my friends got 3-4 free upgrades! I got one myself! It’d be cool if WhatsApp gives free memberships forever. 😛

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