How to Use WhatsApp Without a Phone Number

WhatsApp shows your phone number to contacts; here's what to do

What to Know

  • Enter your landline number during setup. Tap Call Me. Answer the automated call, enter the 6-digit verification code, and tap Next.
  • There are many apps that you can use to set up a virtual phone number. We recommend TextNow.
  • Tap Get Started to create an account. Use the virtual number to sign up for WhatsApp. Tap Call Me > answer the call > input code > Next.

This article explains how to use WhatsApp with a landline phone number and a TextNow virtual number to keep your personal number private.

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.

Can You Use Whatsapp Without a Phone Number?

While you need to use a phone number to sign up for WhatsApp, it doesn't have to be your personal number. You can use an alternative number including a landline, or set up a fake WhatsApp number. 

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 get pestered by people after just one date, or simply because you like to keep different parts of your life separate.

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. 

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