March 21, 2023

How to change WhatsApp number without losing existing chats

How to change WhatsApp number without losing existing chats

Want to change your number on WhatsApp, but do not want to lose your current chats? Here’s some news for you. WhatsApp has an existing feature called Change Number that allows users to change their primary number that is tied to their WhatsApp account.

Before we get into step-by-step instructions readers must note that this feature has some restrictions. Your current number must be in use and be able to receive calls or messages.

Also, the feature works only if you are changing your mobile number and not the primary smartphone. If you are changing your device as well, you should take WhatsApp backup on your old phone and then install it on your new handset with the old number.


Open WhatsApp on your Android phone/iPhone


Head to Settings and then go to Account


Here, select Change Number. This will open a screen that reads“Changing your phone number will migrate your account info, groups & settings.” Press the ‘Next’ button.


You will now be asked to enter your old and new number. Enter and tap on Next.


Now, you will read a message that essentially confirms your decision to change your WhatsApp number and also asks you whether you wish to notify your contacts about the change.


You can choose three options here- All contacts, Contacts I have chats with and custom


Tap Done

WhatsApp will now ask you to register your new number. Similar to the WhatsApp registration process, you will receive a six-digit code on your new number. Enter it. Once completed, your number on WhatsApp will be changed, while your old chats will remain the way they were.


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