WhatsApp: How to hide your phone number

WhatsApp: How to hide your phone number

By julianapardogonzalez

Considering that WhatsApp is one of the most important and largest instant messaging companies in the industry, it is logical that they have an excellent security system. And yet, to access the service, WhatsApp requires your phone number to start the service and this contact number can be seen by anyone added in our contact list.  Which makes you exposed to thousands of users just one call away.    

Still, note that in WhatsApp there is no default feature that allows you to hide your phone number when sending a message, but this does not mean that it is impossible to do so. 

Hide your current phone number 

The first thing you need to have been an alternate phone number. WhatsApp also has a feature using which you can inform all your contacts about your new phone number in case you have changed it on WhatsApp. I know what are you thinking, this feature is helpful f you want to let everyone know your phone number! Keep reading, because the trick we are talking about here helps you hide your phone number from your contacts. 

You just need to follow these steps to use WhatsApp without showing your current phone number to your contacts: 

  1. Get a new phone number which you do not want to share with all.  
  2. Then, uninstall WhatsApp from your device.  
  3. Now, remove the old SIM from your phone and place it in some other phone that can receive SMS.  
  4. The follow step is to insert your new SIM in the device. 
  5. Re-install WhatsApp and initiate the registration process. 
  6. And last, the app will ask you to enter a valid phone number. Instead of feeding in your number, enter the old one. 
  7. To validate the information, WhatsApp will send an OTP on your old SIM card. Use that OTP to verify, and you can now use WhatsApp with your old phone number. In this easy way, your new phone number will be hidden from all your contacts. 

On the other hand, there is also another option. You can use an unknown number: by creating a Google Voice phone number. In addition, we will show you how to easily change your virtual number and how to hide it in the WhatsApp group

A Google Voice phone number 

With this app you will be able to get a phone number for calls, text messages and voice messages. Therefore, you will be able to make national and international calls, both from a web browser and from mobile devices. Is not that amazing?! 

  1. Open the Google Play Store. 
  2. Search for the Google Voice application and download it. 
  3. After installation, open the app to get started. And remember to sign in with your registered Google account credentials
  4. You will see a button at the bottom, “Continue as username” if you are already signed in with your Google account. Tap it to continue. 
  5. Your Google Voice phone number will be linked to your Google account, but no one will be able to track your Google account and therefore your identity from your Google Voice phone number. 
  6. Read the terms and conditions and click on the “Accept” button. 
  7. Select a location to link to your new phone number, i.e., the location with the city name or area code according to your preference. 
  8. Follow the on-screen instructions to continue and get your Google Voice phone number. 

Registering the new number by installing WhatsApp 

Once you already have your phone number through Google Voice, you have to register your WhatsApp account with this new number and verify it through the SMS you will receive in the Google Voice app. 

Make sure your existing number is verified: 

  1. Open WhatsApp and tap the three dots icon in the top right corner. 
  2. Tap on the Settings option in the menu. 
  3. On the next screen, tap on your phone profile
  4. If your existing phone number is verified, you will be able to see it on the next screen. If not, you need to verify it before changing it to the new number. 

If you find that these tips are not an effective solution, we suggest you take measures to protect your personal data from being hacked or spied on. The ClevGuard Anti-Spyware application will be very useful in this regard. 


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