How to Change WhatsApp Number and Keep Chat History

WhatsApp comes with a change number of features that allow users to easily change the number associated with their account. You can use this feature to change the phone number before verifying the new number and you may be able to migrate all your account information including your groups and settings to the new number. But changing the phone number associated with your WhatsApp account means that the account associated with the old number will be deleted, including the chat history.

Most people who want to change their phone number look for ways to keep chat history. In this article, we look at how you can do that.

1. Preparations before Changing Your WhatsApp Number

If you want to change your WhatsApp phone number, the following are some of the steps to take to prepare;

  • Ensure that the phone number you want to use is able to receive calls and SMS and that it has an active data connection.
  • Ensure that the old phone number (the one you want to replace) is verified on the device. You can check whether the number is verified by going to WhatsApp > More Options (three dots) > Settings and then tap on your profile photo.

Please note that your contacts will not be notified that you have changed your number. You may have to notify them individually.

2. How to Change WhatsApp Number

To change the number associated with you WhatsApp account, follow these simple steps;

Step 1: Insert the new SIM card into the device and then open WhatsApp.

Step 2: Go to WhatsApp > More Options (three dots) > Settings and then tap on your profile photo to make sure that the old phone number is verified.

Step 3:  Now go to WhatsApp > More Options (three dots) > Settings > Account > Change Number.

Step 4: Enter your old phone number and your new phone number and then tap “Next”.

Step 5: Turn on “Notify Contacts” and then choose how you want to notify your contacts of the change. If you choose “Custom” search for and select the contacts you want to notify.

Step 6: Tap “Done” and verify the new phone number to complete the process.

3. Is it Possible to Change WhatsApp Number and Keep Chat History

If you would like to keep your chats history as they are even after changing the WhatsApp number, we have a workaround that may prove very useful. You can use the WhatsApp backup and restore tool iTransor for WhatsApp to back up all your chats and then restore then back on to the device after verifying the new number. This tool has several features that make it the most ideal solution for this purpose. They include the following;

  • It is 100% safe to use primarily because the backup is stored on your computer and not cloud services that can be prone to data leakage.
  • It serves numerous other purposes, allowing you to also restore the backup back on to the device or even transfer WhatsApp data between devices.
  • The program doesn’t overwrite the older backups whenever you create a new one; all data is saved.

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Here’s how to use iTransor for WhatsApp to backup WhatsApp chat history;

Step 1: Download and install iTransor to your computer. When installation is complete, launch the program and then click on “Backup WhatsApp on Devices”.

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Step 2:  Connect the device to the computer using USB cables and enable USB debugging or unlock it to allow the program to recognize the device.

Step 3: As soon as the program detects the device, click on “Back Up” and the process will begin immediately. Keep the device connected to the computer until the process is complete.

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Once you have verified the new phone number, follow these simple steps to restore the backup back on to the device;

Step 1: Open the program on your computer and then click on “Restore WhatsApp to Devices”. Select the backup you would like to restore from the list of available backups and then click “Next” to continue.

Step 2: Now connect the device to the computer and wait for the program to detect it. You may need to unlock the device or allow USB debugging to allow the program to detect it.

Step 3: Once the program detects the device, click on “Restore” and the process of restoring the backup will begin. Keep the device connected to the computer until the process is complete.

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Conclusion

And there you have it, the most efficient way to change your WhatsApp phone number and keep your chat history. Your questions, comments and thoughts are always welcome and you can rest assured that we will do our best to find solutions for all WhatsApp issues you may face.