WhatsApp has been around for years and is still as popular now as it was when it first launched. Even though it is owned by Facebook, it has managed to maintain its independence and not fall into the same data harvesting habits of its owner. One thing that gives new users pause is the requirement to use your phone number. This tutorial will show you how to verify WhatsApp without that phone number.
As far as I know, WhatsApp uses your phone number only for verification. I have been a user for years and have never had any marketing calls or interaction with anyone from WhatsApp. If, for some reason, you cannot use your phone number, there are still ways you can verify the app.
Use WhatsApp without using your phone number
When you first install WhatsApp, you are greeted with a phone verification screen. Here you add your phone number and country and WhatsApp will send a code to your phone. When that SMS arrives, WhatsApp picks it up and automatically verifies your phone.
If it doesn’t automatically pick up the SMS, you enter the code into the app and you’re registered. It’s a simple system that works well. It can be inconvenient though.
As far as I know, there are four ways to register WhatsApp without using your phone number. You can use an online SMS service, a landline or you could use Google Voice or Skype. The final way is to use a payphone or someone else’s number.
There are hundreds of SMS websites or you could do it via Skype if you have an account and a Skype number. Either way, find an SMS provider online and use that number to verify WhatsApp. There are lots of them. If you have a Skype number and Skype credit, you can use that too.
Just add the number provided into the WhatsApp verification screen and keep an eye on the website. The WhatsApp verification code should arrive within a minute or two. Once it does, enter the code and the app should verify.
If you have a landline and you don’t mind giving out that number, that should work too. Depending on where you live, your telephone provider should have a system that will read out an SMS on your normal landline phone. This method will obviously depend on your carrier but most will have it as it is an accessibility feature.
Select the country within WhatsApp and make sure to remove the leading 0 from your phone number. WhatsApp will automatically add your country code and you’re good to go. You should receive a call that speaks the code. Enter that code into the app and you’re registered.
Alternatively, you can use WhatsApp’s fallback verification which involves a phone call. Have the app send the verification to a nonsense number and wait a while. Then select the option to receive a call. An automated system will call you and speak a code. Enter the code into the app and verify. WhatsApp should accept the code and you’re good to go.
Google Voice or Skype
Both Google Voice and Skype provide virtual numbers you can use online to call within the respective networks and break out of them to call a mobile or landline. If you have this already, it’s a logical way to register WhatsApp without your phone number.
The process is the same as for landlines above. Set your country code within WhatsApp and remove the leading 0 from your Google Voice or Skype number. Open the respective phone app and wait for the SMS to arrive. Enter the code into WhatsApp and you’re verified.
I registered my copy of WhatsApp many years ago with a Skype number and it worked fine. It took a minute or two for the number to arrive but when it did, verification took just a second.
Use a payphone
If you still have payphones where you are, you can use the number from there to register WhatsApp. Using the same fallback option you would use with a landline, you can enter the number of the payphone, wait for the SMS verification to fail and then elect to receive a call.
It would be no good doing this somewhere busy as you may need to wait up to ten minutes for the SMS verification to fail and for the call me option to appear in WhatsApp. Once it does, enter the payphone number, accept the call, use the six digit code and verify. If there isn’t a payphone, you could use any phone number you have access to with the same result.
Those are the ways I know of to verify WhatsApp without using your phone number. Know of any others that work? Tell us about them below if you do!