How Can I Get A Virtual Number For WhatsApp?

If you need a virtual phone number to use with your WhatsApp Business account, simply purchase one from us right now - you can have it in under 3 clicks!

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.

How To Use Both Versions Of WhatsApp

With a virtual number, you can install WhatsApp and WhatsApp Business on the same phone.

WhatsApp is arguably the best instant messaging app, allowing you to chat, make free calls, 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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Meanwhile, the WhatsApp Business app is similar but designed to be a powerful tool for any small business owner or freelancer to connect with customers via message chat or even receive calls. You can fill out your Business Profile details, including business location, company working hours and links to your website. 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 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 which can be applied to each chat (e.g. New Customer, New Order, etc).

The Benefits Of A Virtual Number for WhatsApp

One of the key benefits of setting up Whatsapp Business with a virtual mobile 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 verify WhatsApp Business. You can create a free account but it must be associated with a verified mobile number – you’ll be asked to verify WhatsApp when you set up an account.

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.

Forget temporary phone numbers or dodgy ‘WhatsApp tricks’ that can make your business look less trustworthy to customers. You’re looking for a valid phone number to use for your WhatsApp registration, without the need for a physical SIM card.

So, what’s the solution if you want a separate WhatsApp account? 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 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.

Having a second WhatsApp account also helps you to protect your personal time and switch off outside of work hours. Your separate WhatsApp accounts can help you to keep track of WhatsApp Messenger for your private chats and keep your Business WhatsApp account strictly for work communications.

Additionally, your clients will be able to view the active phone number shown in your WhatsApp Business account. Keeping the same valid mobile number to send and receive messages helps your business to gain credibility and trust with customers, rather than opting to change WhatsApp number or use a temporary phone number for your WhatsApp verification.

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Can I use a virtual number for incoming calls and business calls?

Each virtual number generated by YourBusinessNumber can only be used in messaging apps, rather than receiving voice calls. Phone calls which are made to your virtual number will be rerouted via call forwarding to your main mobile number, and you will have a talk time of up to 1 minute. You can still send and receive voice messages recorded via your WhatsApp account.

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 .

There’s no contract and you can cancel the service at any time – get your number for WhatsApp for only £4.99pm. The WhatsApp Business app itself is free to download for both Android users and Apple users.

👉 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 you a valid virtual WhatsApp Business number in under one minute.

👉 Then download the free WhatsApp Business app from the App Store or Google Play Store. The process for installing WhatsApp is the same whether you have an iPhone or Android device – you will need a stable internet connection.

👉 Finally, it’s time to open WhatsApp. Use your new number for WhatsApp to receive your verification code via SMS and complete the WhatsApp verification process.

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Get Multiple Virtual Numbers for Teams

Businesses can easily manage multiple virtual phone numbers for WhatsApp using our Teams feature.

Generate multiple numbers for your team, then ask them to install WhatsApp on their personal phone, using the verification code to following the SMS verification process. When team members leave or change job roles, you can switch numbers as required.

Can I use virtual phone numbers for other apps?

Yes! Users can set up their virtual phone number with any other messaging app including Telegram, Signal and Viber. You can also use it to sign up for other apps such as Uber or Deliveroo!

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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