With the same account… How to change your number on WhatsApp without losing messages and photos

Switching a phone number can be difficult, especially when it comes to telling everyone you know, but when it comes to updating the number on… WhatsappOne thing comes to mind: what about WhatsApp history? All those funny memes, important documents, emotional conversations – they are definitely important, and you don’t want to lose them.

But you don’t have to worry about that, as WhatsApp offers a built-in feature to transfer conversation history to a new phone number, including account information, group conversations, and chat history to the new number, allowing users to transfer their conversation seamlessly.

If you are also changing your number and want to keep your WhatsApp account as it is but change the number and notify your contacts at the same time and save the data, here is a step by step guide to help you in the process.

How to change phone number on WhatsApp

Before starting the process, please note that this built-in feature works best if you are keeping the same phone, however, if you are completely switching phones, you will need to create a local backup on your old phone.

Step 1: Open the WhatsApp application on your old phone.
Step 2: Go to Settings. On Android, tap the three vertical dots in the upper right corner. For iPhone users, Settings is located in the bottom right corner.
Step 3: Click on “Account” then “Change Number”.
Step 4: Review the information that appears on the screen. It basically confirms that changing your number will migrate your account details, chats, and settings.
Step 5: Click “Next” and enter your old and new phone numbers. Check back for accuracy!
Step 6: Choose how you want to notify your contacts. WhatsApp offers three options:
Step 7: All Contacts: Everyone in your address book will be notified.
Step 8: Contacts you’ve had conversations with: Only people you’ve exchanged messages with will be notified.
Step 9: Custom: You can manually select specific contacts to be notified.
Step 10: Click “Done” to start the transfer process.

Meanwhile, if you’re replacing both your phone and SIM card, here’s how to create a local backup on your old device:
– Open the WhatsApp application and go to Settings.
– Click on “Chats” and then select “Chat Backup”.
– Choose the duration of the backups, you can choose daily, weekly or manual backups.
– Decide whether you want to include videos in the backup. (Keep in mind that including videos can significantly increase the size of your backup.)
– Click on “Backup” to start the process. Your conversations will be saved to your phone’s storage.
– Restore WhatsApp backup to the new phone

– Download and install WhatsApp on your new phone.
– Verify your new phone number during the setup process.
– When prompted, click Restore to restore your chat history from a local backup.
Alternatively, you can first migrate your WhatsApp with your old phone number, and then, once you install WhatsApp on your new phone, you can start changing phone settings as described above.

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