How to Use WhatsApp Without a Phone Number

No SIM card? No problem.

WhatsApp is an incredibly popular instant messaging app for smartphones as well as PC and Mac. On the surface, it might seem like you require a phone number to sign up, but there are ways you can use WhatsApp without a phone number or even a SIM card. Here's everything you need to know to get signed up. 

If you prefer, you can use WhatsApp on a laptop computer. It works in a similar fashion.

Do You Need a Phone Number to Use WhatsApp?

"Can you use WhatsApp without a phone number?" is a common query and the good news is that yes, you can. Kind of. You need to use a phone number to sign up to WhatsApp, but it doesn't have to be the number you use all the time for everything else. You can easily set up a fake WhatsApp number by following a few key steps, leaving you able to use WhatsApp without a SIM card. 

Why Wouldn't You Want to Use Your Phone Number With WhatsApp?

Privacy is a key reason you might not want to share your regular phone number on WhatsApp. For instance, if you're dating and don't want to feel pestered by people after just one date, or simply because you like to keep different parts of your life separate. You may also have a smartphone that doesn't always have a SIM card installed and would prefer to keep it that way. 

Fortunately, there are ways of signing into WhatsApp without using the number connected to your SIM card or even without a SIM card at all. 

How to Use WhatsApp Using Your Landline Number

It's possible to set up WhatsApp by verifying the app with your landline phone number. Here's what you need to know. 

  1. Open WhatsApp on your smartphone, tablet, or PC/Mac.

  2. Tap Agree and Continue.

  3. Enter your landline phone number.

    Don't forget to select your country too.

  4. Wait for the clock next to Call Me to run out and reach zero. It usually takes about a minute.

  5. Tap Call Me.

    Instructions on how to verify a phone number in WhatsApp without a SMS verification code
  6. Answer your landline to an automated call from WhatsApp. It repeats a 6 digit verification code you should enter on WhatsApp.

  7. Tap Next.

  8. You've now set up WhatsApp on your device without needing to use a mobile phone number. 

How to Use WhatsApp Using a TextNow Phone Number

Many apps are available which allow you to set up a virtual phone number. TextNow is one of the biggest out there, and one of the simplest to use. Here's how to verify WhatsApp via a TextNow phone number.

Some users have reported issues with WhatsApp detecting that a TextNow phone number isn't a 'true' and valid phone number. Unfortunately, the only way you can fix this is by contacting WhatsApp support so they can manually add you.

  1. Download TextNow from the Google Play Store or App Store, depending on your device. 

  2. Tap Get Started.

  3. Enter your email address and tap the arrow.

  4. Enter a password and tap Create Account.

    Steps on how to create a TextNow account
  5. Complete the Captcha form.

  6. Tap Turn On Notifications so you can see when you're receiving calls.

  7. Tap Skip For Now for all other options.

  8. Enter an area code for your desired phone number.

  9. Tap Continue to finish setting up the phone number.

    Steps on how to choose a phone number in TextNow
  10. Open WhatsApp and enter the phone number to sign up.

  11. Wait for the clock next to Call Me to run out and reach zero. It usually takes about a minute.

  12. Tap Call Me

    Steps on verifying a phone number on WhatsApp without SMS verification code
  13. Answer TextNow to receive an automated call from WhatsApp. It repeats a 6 digit verification code that you should enter on WhatsApp.

  14. Tap Next.

  15. You've now set up WhatsApp on your device without needing to use a mobile phone number.