How can I get a virtual number for WhatsApp?

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If you need a virtual phone number to use with your WhatsApp Business account, you’ve come to the right place.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through why you need virtual numbers in addition to your personal number, how YourBusinessNumber makes setting up your Business account quick and easy, and how to use a WhatsApp verification code when you download the app.

WhatsApp is an incredibly popular messaging app that allows you to chat, send images and videos and make and receive WhatsApp calls including audio and video calls from your iPhone or Android device. You can also access WhatsApp messages via laptop or tablet.

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WhatsApp Business is similar but designed to be a powerful tool for any small business owner or freelancer to connect with customers via message chat or calls.

You can fill out your Business Profile details including business location, company working hours and links to your website and create Catalogs for your customer to look through (e.g. your line of products or services).

Other useful tools to help you engage with your clients include Auto Reply messages in order to greet new customers or send an out-of-office message, Quick Replies to help you answer commonly asked queries about your services, and Labels that can be applied to each chat (e.g. New Customer, New Order, Pending Payment, Complete, etc).

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One of the key benefits of setting up Whatsapp Business with a virtual number is that you can keep your customers and personal contacts separate. When you use a virtual phone number, you can enjoy the privacy of hiding your real number from your clients and colleagues, leaving you free to enjoy your time off outside of work hours without any unexpected interruptions.

WhatsApp Business is also popular with small businesses as it can help protect their customer's personal information.

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Can you use WhatsApp business without a phone number?

The short answer is no – you must have a valid phone number to access WhatsApp business. You can create a free WhatsApp Business account but it must be associated with a verified mobile number.

If you already have WhatsApp chat set up using your private number, you’ll need a solution in order to set up a separate WhatsApp Business account. So, what’s the answer? That’s where virtual numbers come in.

A virtual number isn’t associated with a landline number or SIM card in the way that a “physical” number is. This means you don’t have to pay for another SIM contract or device, saving you money, time and hassle. Setting up a WhatsApp Business virtual number gives you the benefit of privacy – you can hide your personal number, and your clients will only ever be able to contact your virtual phone number instead.

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Your guide to getting a virtual WhatsApp number with YourBusinessNumber

It’s incredibly easy and quick to generate your WhatsApp Business virtual number with YourBusinessNumber – all it takes are three clicks on our website. There’s no contract and you can cancel the service at any time – all for only £4.99pm. The WhatsApp Business app itself is free to download.

1 Simply visit our Generate page and we will instantly create your own dedicated second mobile phone number. You don’t have to wait – we’ll deliver your virtual WhatsApp Business number in minutes!

2 Download the WhatsApp Business app. Get the free WhatsApp Business app from the App Store or Google Play Store. The process is the same whether you have an iPhone or Android device.

3 Verify your WhatsApp Business account using the phone number provided by YourBusinessNumber. That's it!

Businesses can easily manage their virtual phone numbers, for example, re-assigning phone numbers when a team member leaves.

As a bonus, users can set up their virtual phone number with other messaging apps such as Telegram, Signal and Viber. You can also use it to sign up for other apps such as Uber or Deliveroo.

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Get a virtual number for WhatsApp Business to increase business leads

Whether you’re a small business owner running a company or a sole trader offering a service or selling products, using WhatsApp Business with a virtual phone number offers a convenient and cost-effective way to contact your customers.

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