How to use WhatsApp without Phone Number

Do you know that you can use WhatsApp without a phone number? In this tutorial, we’ll show you some of the best methods to do so with a landline and using a virtual number.

WhatsApp is currently one of the most popular messaging applications worldwide. Its straightforward interface makes it easy to make calls, send messages and information for free with just an internet connection.

To start using WhatsApp, usually you need a phone number. However, did you know that you can use WhatsApp without a real phone number? Let’s have a closer look at how you can do that.

Can you use WhatsApp without a phone number?

Yes, you can use WhatsApp without a real phone number. It is an obvious answer because we won’t have created this guide if it wasn’t possible in the first place. However, the advantages of using WhatsApp without a phone number aren’t that obvious.

If you are using WhatsApp without a phone number, you can easily use it on multiple devices. This can be very handy if you use multiple operating systems like Android, IOS, or Windows on different devices. WhatsApp is available in all these operating systems and you can use it in all of them at once with the same phone number.

Typically, you will need a SIM card to start using WhatsApp which makes it hard to use it on multiple devices with the same number. However, in the next section, we’ll show you different methods that will allow you to use WhatsApp without using an active SIM card.

This can be super helpful for businesses and organizations as well since the same WhatsApp number can be used by multiple users without a phone number. Then, this same number can also be used by staff or employees from different locations in the world to boost your organization or business internationally.

Now that we better understand its advantages, let’s see how to use WhatsApp without a phone number.

How to use WhatsApp without a phone number

There are two ways to easily use WhatsApp without a real phone number:

  1. With a landline
  2. Using a Virtual Number

Before you start, make sure that you have installed WhatsApp messenger on your Android/IOS/Windows device. You also need to ensure that there is an active internet connection on this device. If you are already using WhatsApp, you need to delete it and reinstall it.

Now let’s start with the process of using WhatsApp without a phone number.

1) Use WhatsApp with a Landline

This method is quite straightforward. To use WhatsApp with a landline, you need to make sure that you have a well-functioning landline number. This landline number must be connected through a physical cable to a telephone.

Then, after you have installed WhatsApp on your device and completed the initial setup, you need to enter your landline number in the step to verify your phone number. You also need to add the country and country code here. Then, click Next.

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You will have to enter the verification code in the next step. Since you have entered a landline number, the SMS verification won’t be processed, so you have to select the Call me option. After a few seconds, you will receive a call with the verification code to your landline.

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After that, all you have to do is enter the WhatsApp code on your device and add the necessary details in the following steps. Once you finish the process, you will be able to use WhatsApp without any issues.

As you can see this method is very simple and it only requires having a landline number. Another option to use WhatsApp without a phone number is to use a virtual number. Let’s have a look at how to do that.

2) Use WhatsApp with a Virtual Number

The use of landline numbers for personal use has been decreasing recently due to the advancements of mobile devices and smartphones. If you or your organization don’t have a landline number, you can use WhatsApp with a virtual phone number.

Various services provide you with a virtual number for WhatsApp. We’ve covered the best ones in this guide, but for this tutorial, we will use MessageBird. This service lets you buy a virtual number with ease so that you can instantly associate it with WhatsApp.

It also allows you to create a flow with your virtual number through its builder. This can be helpful to test whether your virtual number works properly or not.

MessageBird has a free service but we recommend you subscribe to one of their premium plans to get the best out of it. Let’s go through the steps on how to get a virtual number and set it app to use WhatsApp.

1. Buy a Virtual Number

After you have subscribed to one of the premium plans, you will be redirected to your MessageBird dashboard. Open the Numbers tab and click Buy a number.

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Then, enter your Country and press Search to search for a virtual number.

We have selected the United States as the country but can add your own country here. After that hit Search and it will display several virtual numbers that you can buy. Each number costs 1 USD, so simply select the virtual number that you want and click Buy.

You will then need to complete the order process and confirm your purchase.

2. Test Virtual Number with the Flow Builder

To make sure that your virtual number is working, you can test it using the flow builder. All you need to do is click on the Flow Builder tab in your MessageBird dashboard. Then, press Create new Flow and select the Create Custom Flow option.

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You will need to select a trigger. For this demo, we will select the Phone Call option then and click Next to continue.

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The flow builder will be loaded on your screen. Now press the Phone Call trigger, select the virtual number that you have just purchased and save it.

After that, you will have to add the Forward Call trigger and link it with the destination number by clicking the ‘+’ icon. Finally, complete the flow by adding the End of Flow option and press Simulate to test it. You will be able to see that the status is successful if your flow looks like the screenshot below.

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If you have any issues following this process, you can have a look at our detailed guide to get a WhatsApp virtual number.

3. Verify your Virtual Number in WhatsApp

Now you are ready to use the virtual number for WhatsApp. Simply install WhatsApp on your device and enter the number in WhatsApp.

You will receive a verification code that you can see in the MessageBird dashboard > SMS > SMS Overview. Then, enter the code and complete the setup. You can now start using WhatsApp with the virtual number without the need for a real phone number.

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Using virtual numbers with WhatsApp Business is a great option to grow your business. For more information about this, check out our detailed guide on how to get a WhatsApp virtual number.

Change WhatsApp Number with the Virtual Number

By now, you should know how to use WhatsApp without a phone number and using a virtual number instead. But what if you are already using a personal phone number in WhatsApp and want to change it for your new virtual number? The good news is that you can.

This can be a good option for businesses that want to use the virtual number on many devices and even in different locations without the need for an actual SIM card.

To change your current personal WhatsApp number for a virtual number, you need to get the virtual number first. For that, simply follow the steps described above to get a WhatsApp virtual number.

Then, open WhatsApp which is registered with your phone number on your device. Click on the menu option and navigate to Settings > Account.

Then, select Change Number.

Now you need to add your old and new phone numbers, so enter your current phone number in the “old phone number” box, the new virtual number in the “new phone number” box and click Next.

You will receive a verification code through SMS as we saw in an earlier step. You can access this from your MessageBird dashboard by going to SMS > SMS Overview. Then, simply enter the verification code and add the required information to complete the installation.

That’s it! Now you will be able to use WhatsApp with a  virtual number.

Conclusion

All in all, using WhatsApp without a real phone number is a good idea if you want to use the same WhatsApp number on multiple devices. The good news is that you can do that quite easily.

There are two ways to use WhatsApp without a phone number:

  • With a landline
  • With a virtual number

Which one should you use? The landline option is useful for those who already have access to a physical landline connection. The process takes only a few minutes and is straightforward. However, if you don’t have a landline connection, you can use a virtual number to help you use WhatsApp without a real SIM number. For this, you will have to use a dedicated service. There are several options out there but we recommend MessageBird. Simply get a virtual number and complete the verification process to start using WhatsApp in no time.

Finally, we have also seen how to change your phone number and use WhatsApp with a virtual number. This is an excellent choice to use WhatsApp on different devices and expand your business.

To get the most of WhatsApp, you can also add WhatsApp chat to your WordPress website with our WhatsApp Chat plugin, share WordPress posts to WhatsApp, or even move WhatsApp chats to Telegram if needed.

We hope that you can use WhatsApp with landlines and virtual numbers without any issues now. If this guide has helped you in any way, these articles might interest you too:

Are you going to start using WhatsApp without a phone number? Which method did you use? Let us know in the comments section below!