Switching to a new phone number can be a stressful task. Letting all your contacts know about that can be an even more onerous process. With a new update, however, WhatsApp is making that process a lot easier on its platform. The messaging app has a handy new feature which allows you to automatically text all your contacts whenever you switch numbers for a particular WhatsApp account. Here is how to use it.
The setup itself is largely straightforward and doesn’t require more than a few minutes. To get started, make sure you are on the latest WhatsApp beta version. In order to sign up for the beta channel, head over to this link and hit the “Become a Tester” button. The feature is still rolling out as a server-side update, therefore there’s a chance it might take a while to reach your region. It also seems to be limited to the Android counterpart as well for now.
Once that’s done, fire up the app, and navigate to the settings from the three-dot menu on the top. Go into “Account”, and lastly, tap the “Change Number” option. This is where you’ll be asked to input and verify your new number, hence ensure it’s active. Click “Next”, enter both the numbers and tap “Next” again.
Now, you should have an option to inform all your contacts about the change. Turn it on for more settings. You can either message only the people you’ve chatted with in the past or handpick them individually or of course, every one of them (which we don’t really recommend). Hit “Done” whenever you are ready and WhatsApp will notify the selected numbers regarding the update.
That is it for this guide, you are now all set with your new number. In case you are stuck at some step, let us know in the comments section down below.