Unlike before when you can only make regular calls and send messages with your number, the internet now gives you more accessibility by linking your phone number to different social media and instant messaging apps.
You may have to change this linked number at some point in time due to some important reasons like security and privacy.
This is one of the reasons WhatsApp comes with the “Change number” feature.
However, changing your phone number for WhatsApp comes with a lot of questions.
Will my contacts know if I change my WhatsApp number?
What happens when you change your WhatsApp number and someone text you?
If I change my WhatsApp number, will I be removed from groups?
Here’s a detailed article on what happens when you change your WhatsApp number, with a bonus of clear answers to other questions you may have.
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What happens when you change your WhatsApp number?
WhatsApp’s “Change number” feature allows you to change your phone number which is linked to Whatsapp.
This feature migrates all your data, settings, and groups associated with the old number to the new number.
In simple words, your account information such as profile picture, groups and individual chats, your name and about, and your account settings will be moved to your new phone number.
WhatsApp will delete the account linked to your old phone number, so it’ll no longer appear in other people’s WhatsApp contact lists.
Also, you’ll no longer be able to access your WhatsApp account with the old number.
Also, WhatsApp allows you to choose if you’d like to notify your contacts or not about your change of phone number.
It is best to allow this option so your contacts are informed and able to make necessary changes in their address books, making it easier to stay connected with them.
Your groups on the other hand will be notified whether you allow WhatsApp to notify your contacts or not.
Note: Your chats will remain on your phone if you continue using the same phone after changing your WhatsApp number.
However, if you’ll be using a new phone for the new number, you must first backup your Chats. Then, you can install Whatsapp on the new phone and restore your chat backup easily.
FAQs on what happens when you change your WhatsApp number
Will my contacts know if I change my WhatsApp number?
WhatsApp lets you choose to either notify your contacts or not about your phone number change. This means your contacts will know you’ve changed your phone number if you allow it and they won’t if you don’t.
Still, it’s recommended that you notify your contacts of your change of phone number so that they can make necessary changes on their end.
Will the blocked contacts get notified if I change my number on WhatsApp?
No, blocked contacts won’t be notified if you change your WhatsApp number. When contact is blocked on Whatsapp, they can no longer see your sent messages or send you a message.
Also, blocked contacts won’t be allowed to see your status and you won’t be able to see theirs as well. In simple words, blocked contacts on WhatsApp won’t know if you changed your number.
What happens to messages When you change your WhatsApp phone number?
Your WhatsApp messages and chats will remain as if you’re using the same phone number after changing to a new number. In short, your chats are automatically moved to the new number.
You must backup your chats and messages if you’ll be using a new phone.
Setting up WhatsApp with a new number on a new phone without using the “Change number” feature will create a new WhatsApp account for you.
This means you won’t have access to messages and chats on your old phone number.
If I change my number on WhatsApp What happens to groups?
As long as you’ll be using the same phone after changing your number, your WhatsApp groups will remain and you won’t be removed. However, your groups will be notified that your number has been changed.
How many times can I change my number on WhatsApp?
WhatsApp has given a specific limit on the number of times you can change your number. This means you can change your WhatsApp number as many times as necessary.
However, it’s important to note that frequent and unnecessary changes to your WhatsApp number can cause a ban, as it may be seen as suspicious activity on your account.
What happens when you change your number and someone texts you?
Unless someone texts you through your new number, you won’t get their messages. When you change your number, your old number won’t be reachable through WhatsApp any longer.
This is why you need to allow WhatsApp to notify your contacts about your change of phone number so they can make changes to your profile in their address book.
If I change my WhatsApp number will I be removed from groups?
Changing your WhatsApp number with the “Change number” feature won’t remove you from groups as long as you’re using the same phone. Your groups will only get notifications that your phone number has been changed.
However, setting up WhatsApp on a new phone with a new number will create a new profile for you, and you’ll have to be added back to the groups.
Can I change back to my old WhatsApp number?
Since WhatsApp simply migrates your profile data and chats from your old phone number to the new number, you can change back to your old WhatsApp number if you want to.
In short, unless WhatsApp disables this functionality in the future, you can change back to your old WhatsApp number, or change your old phone number to a new one.
The bottom line
Aside from moving your profile information, chats, and other data to your new phone number, you now know there’s more to changing your number.
Remember to always backup your chats before taking a significant action like this on WhatsApp. This will help keep your account data safe, and you can easily restore it if necessary.
Is there something else you’d like to ask about changing your WhatsApp number? Ask us in the comment section. We’d be glad to answer.
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