2 easy ways to use WhatsApp without revealing your real mobile number – Times of India
To use WhatsApp, a phone number is a must. Now, the good part is this contact number could be of a mobile or landline. You can register a landline number to use WhatsApp but getting a landline number is a difficult task. This is where a virtual mobile number comes handy. Virtual mobile numbers can be easily found for free and you just need it one-time to simply sign-up for WhatsApp.
You can use WhatsApp with this virtual number like any regular number. Not sharing your real mobile number provides utmost privacy and anonymity if you need. So, here are two ways to do it. First step involves a virtual phone and the other one requires a landline number.
Using WhatsApp with a virtual phone number to hide your real number
There are plenty of virtual phone number providers. Having said that getting one that is reliable and free could be difficult. One of the tried-and-tested services is TextNow. Download the TextNow app on your phone.
Create a free account on TextNow. After logging-in, you will get a list of five free phone numbers based in the US and Canada. Just choose any number that you like and proceed. With this virtual number you can make calls and receive messages over the internet.
Now, download WhatsApp. You will have to uninstall WhatsApp first if you already have it on your phone. While registering on WhatsApp, change the country code from India to US or Canada, depending on the virtual number you have selected. Enter the virtual number. Keep the TextNow app running in the background.
Remember, you will not get the security OTP message on this virtual phone number. Wait for the OTP time to expire and then select ‘Call me’ for OTP verification. You will quickly get a missed call on the TextNow app and a new message will pop up on your voicemail inside the TextNow app. This is an audio message, just play it to know your WhatsApp verification code.
Once you have the verification code, just enter the same on WhatsApp and proceed as usual.
Using WhatsApp with a landline number
You can register a landline number to use WhatsApp but not the regular WhatsApp app. You will need to download the WhatsApp business app.
-You would need a working landline number.
-Download the WhatsApp Business app (WA Business).
-After WhatsApp is installed, the app will ask for a phone number for OTP-based registration.
-Select India code (+91) followed by the landline number with STD code. But omit the 0 on front, if any. So, if your landline number with STD code is 0332654XXX4 then add+91332654XXX4. Else, you can just call any mobile number from the landline to see how the number is shown on the mobile.
-After the number is inserted, WhatsApp Business app will send the OTP. As it’s a landline number, you will not get any SMS. Wait for the OTP time to expire and then select ‘Call me’ for OTP verification.
-You will get a call on your landline number with the OTP.
-Insert the OTP and then follow the regular process of installing WhatsApp.
– Now, you are good to use WhatsApp Business app with your landline number.
Using WhatsApp with a landline number can be quite a pain as you will have to add the contact list manually. However, this offers greater privacy and the best part is you can also set automated replies. The WhatsApp Business app gives a range of the other options to manage messages better as well.