WhatsApp is one of the most used messaging apps in the world. It is used by young and old alike. While tech savvy and educated youth would easily find their WhatsApp username and WhatsApp number, the elderly and technologically disabled may find the task difficult.
Add to the fact that most Android phones now support dual SIM cards and you are looking at confused faces. If it’s you, don’t worry. Here is a step by step guide on how to find WhatsApp number and username on Android and iOS smartphones.
1. Find my WhatsApp number and username on Android
Launch WhatsApp on your Android smartphone and tap the three-dot menu, then select Settings from here.
You should see your name at the top with your profile photo there. Tap it once and you will see your username and mobile phone number saved in WhatsApp.
You can only use one mobile number on your WhatsApp. The app does not allow users to create and manage two accounts from the same smartphone, although most phones support two SIM cards these days. However, there are ways around this limitation and install another instance of WhatsApp. You can then choose to create a second WhatsApp account on the same phone and use it simultaneously.
Xiaomi smartphone users can use the built-in function Dual Apps function to clone WhatsApp on their phones immediately. There is also no need to install and learn to use a third-party application.
If you want to change your username or mobile number, click on the corresponding value. For example, press your user name and your keyboard application should launch automatically. Enter your desired username and press Save.
The steps are a little longer when you want to change your WhatsApp number. The number is used to verify your account and when you change it, you must verify it again. Tap the number, then tap Next. You will see a notification informing you that you will be migrating your account, along with all of its data to this new number. The number must be active and the SIM card must be present on your smartphone.
WhatsApp will automatically detect your country code, but check for errors if there are any. You will first enter your current WhatsApp number, then enter the new WhatsApp number you want. Tap on Next.
You will now receive an OTP on your new WhatsApp number to verify ownership. If the application is unable to detect the OTP automatically, enter it manually and continue. You will now see three options to notify your contacts of your new WhatsApp number.
Note: Your chat history will not be deleted if you use the same phone to change your WhatsApp number. This is possible on a dual SIM Android phone where you simply change the number, but not the smartphone itself. If you also change your phone, make a backup.
2. Find my WhatsApp number and username on iOS
The function of Android and iOS smartphones may work differently, but WhatsApp remains more or less the same. Here’s a full breakdown of how to find and change your username and number in WhatsApp.
Open WhatsApp on your iPhone or iPad, and under Settings, tap your name next to the profile picture.
Here you will find your username and mobile phone number. Tap the username to change it. Your default or chosen keyboard application will launch automatically when the name is selected.
To change your mobile number to another SIM number, go back and tap on Account and select Change number.
You will see a notification screen where they will explain what happens if you change your WhatsApp number. Just like in Android, all of your account data, including settings, groups and other information will be transferred to this new number. The process is irreversible. Tap Next when you’re ready. You will now enter your old or current WhatsApp mobile number, then your new or your preferred phone number.
An OTP will be sent to the new number to verify the process. Enter the OTP if the SIM card is on another iPhone or is not detected automatically.
Depending on your Internet speed, the transfer process may take some time. You should now see all of your WhatsApp data on the new number. Just like in Android, you will see three options for notifying your contacts on your mobile change of number. Choose one according to your needs.
I hope the article helped you identify and change your username and WhatsApp number. If you are still unsure, stuck somewhere or have any questions, contact us in the comments section below. The process is fairly simple and the steps are easy to follow, but not for everyone. This is where we come in. It is our job, our mission. Help everyone as best we can.
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Last updated March 30, 2020