WhatsApp is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, especially with the situation in 2021. Some users have noticed that their profile displays a different telephone number to their current mobile number, though. Understandably, this can be a cause of confusion. So, does WhatsApp give you a phone number for signing up? Here’s the need-to-know on how contact numbers integrate with the WhatsApp application on iOS and Android.
Does WhatsApp give you a new mobile number?
No, WhatsApp does not give users a new phone number. If a WhatsApp user on iOS or Android changes their mobile telephone number, the application will not automatically update their contact details. This means that WhatsApp will display a different number, but it was not made by or for the app.
When joining WhatsApp, users need to provide a phone number during the account creation process. This number is then visible to contacts and can not be hidden. Users don’t technically need to provide their own personal number, but they must have access to whatever device they text an initial verification code to. This disconnect between the verification number and an individual’s contact details (which may also change over time) is what most commonly causes confusion.
WhatsApp doesn’t have access to a device’s telephone number, so users will need to update it manually. There’s an official walkthrough on the WhatsApp Help Center, which should help with getting back up and running. After following the steps, WhatsApp will display the current and correct number within the application.
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