How to Hide Number in WhatsApp [with Pictures]

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Cody Walsh

Updated: Jul 01, 2021 03:17 pm

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Can people see your number on WhatsApp?

Yes. If you are in any WhatsApp group and your privacy is set to Everybody, your number will be visible to every group member. Meanwhile, relying on technology, everyone can see your number, including those who are not on your contact list. Protect your WhatsaApp data now.

Privacy and security go hand in hand for online users. If you increase your privacy level, you can be more secure in the unsecured online world. When you register an account on WhatsApp, you have to feed in your contact number. Only those people you know should have your contact number. If everyone can see it, you can get annoying calls and messages, and there is no dearth of worst scenarios.

WhatsApp has the inbuilt option to hide your number on WhatsApp groups only. You can hide it from anyone in the group who is not on your contact list. However, you can't hide your phone number for one-to-one message chats. There is no inbuilt way to chat with someone new without showing your contact number. In this article, we will illustrate some unique ways on how to hide your phone number on WhatsApp. For further security and privacy, we recommend you to install Anti-Spyware app on your phone.

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1. Hide Number via Creating a Google Voice Phone Number

There are many online services available through which you can get a virtual secondary number. You can use that number to register online accounts and hide your original number. Google Voice is our pick from creating a secondary phone number. Using Google Voice phone number, you can make free calls, send and read text messages, and forward calls to your original number.

Install Google Voice App

Step 1: Open Google Play Store from Android phone or App Store from iPhone.

Step 2: Search for Google Voice app and install the app. After installing, open the app to get started.

google voice app

Log Into Your Google Account

Step 3: After opening the app, you have to log in with your registered Google account credentials. You can see a button at the bottom “Continue as username” if you have already logged into your phone with your Google Account. Tap on it to continue.

welcome screen

Your Google Voice phone number will be linked to your Google account. However, you should not worry as no one can trace back to your Google account and your identity from Google Voice phone number.

Step 4: Read the terms and conditions and tap on Accept button.

Select A Location To Link With Your New Phone Number

Step 5: Select a location that your new phone number will be associated with. You can search for any location with city name or area code as per your preference.

Step 6: From the search result, select one location by tapping on Select button.

search location

Then follow the on-screen instructions to continue and get your Google Voice phone number. You will read all the messages you get on this new number through Google Voice app. Getting a virtual secondary phone number is the best solution to the question how to hide WhatsApp number.

2. Hide Your Number Through Changing Your Phone Number

Now that you have generated a virtual secondary phone number, we will now illustrate how to change your existing WhatsApp number with the new number. However, if you are creating a new account on WhatsApp, it is going to be easy. You have to register your WhatsApp account with the new number and verify it through the verification SMS that you will receive on the Google Voice app.

Ensure Your Existing Number Is Verified

Step 1: Open WhatsApp and tap on three-dot icon at the top right corner.

Step 2: Tap on Settings option from the menu.

Step 3: On the next screen, tap on your profile phone.

Step 4: If your existing phone number is verified, you will be able to see it on the next screen. If not, you have to verify it before changing it to the new number.

Changing The Old Number With The New Number

Step 1: Open WhatsApp and tap on three-dot icon at the top right corner.

Step 2: Tap on Settings option from the menu.

Step 3: On the next screen, tap on Account option.

Step 4: On the next screen, tap on Change Number option. You may see a warning, tap on Next button on this warning.

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Step 5: You have to enter your existing number followed by the new Google Voice phone number. Then tap on Next button.

Step 6: On the next screen, you have to select whom you want to notify about your WhatsApp phone number change. Then tap on Done button.

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Verify Your New Phone Number

Step 1: On the next screen, you have to verify your new number. WhatsApp sends a verification code to your new number through SMS.

whatsapp verify

Step 2: You can see the verification SMS and code directly from Google Voice app.

google voice message

Enter the verification code from SMS to WhatsApp, and your existing WhatsApp number will change to the new Google Voice phone number.

whatsapp verification code

The process of how to hide your number on WhatsApp with new Google Voice phone number is the same for Android and iOS WhatsApp users.

3. The Way to Hide Your Mobile Number on WhatsApp Group

We have stated earlier that WhatsApp has an inbuilt feature whereby you can hide your phone number on WhatsApp groups. WhatsApp groups have many members whom you don’t know personally, and hence, you should hide your contact number from them for privacy and security. Take the following steps to hide your mobile number on WhatsApp groups.

Step 1: Open WhatsApp and tap on three-dot icon at the top right corner.

Step 2: Tap on Settings option from the menu.

Step 3: On the next screen, tap on Account option.

whatsapp setting account

Step 4: On the next screen, tap on Privacy option.

whatsapp privacy option

Step 5: Under Privacy screen, tap on About option.

whatsapp about option

Step 6: You will get three options to choose from.

Everyone: Your contact number will be visible to everyone on WhatsApp groups you have joined.

My Contacts: Your contact number will be visible to only those group members who are on your contact list.

Nobody: Your contact number will not be visible to anyone on WhatsApp groups, including your contacts.

whatsapp privacy about

Select either My Contacts or Nobody as you think suitable.

4. The Way to Protect Your Personal WhatsApp Data

Apart from knowing how to hide phone number in WhatsApp, you have to take steps to protect your personal WhatsApp data from getting hacked or spied upon. It is quite possible for hackers to deploy spyware on your smartphone and get all your WhatsApp conversations as well as attachments on their webservers. Therefore, for spyware detection and protection, we recommend you to install ClevGuard Anti-Spyware app.

Features of ClevGuard Anti-Spyware

  • Scanning and Detection: You can scan your phone any time to detect the presence of spyware app and malicious files. You can resolve and delete them with a single tap.
  • Real-time Protection: Your phone should always be active to detect the entry of any harmful and malicious files and apps. That is where real-time protection of ClevGuard Anti-Spyware app comes into the scene. It constantly monitors the downloaded files and apps and alerts you to take steps against anything harmful.
  • App Audit and Permissions: You can check the apps and their permissions through ClevGuard Anti-Spyware. It rates all the installed apps as normal or risky based on their app permissions and other parameters. You can get report of all apps and take steps accordingly.

How To Install ClevGuard Anti-Spyware?

Step 1: Click the below button to open Google Play Store. Or go to Play Store app and search with “ClevGuard”.

Step 2: From the search result, select ClevGuard and install it. Once installation is over, open the app.

clevguard application

Step 3: You can tap on Scan button on the home screen and check if there is any spyware present on your phone that can steal your personal WhatsApp data.

clevguard scan

Once the scanning is over, you can check the issues and resolve them.

clevguard remove

Step 4: You can then tap on Real-Time Protection option at the bottom of the app.

Step 5: Toggle Real-time Protection on for complete all-around protection 24/7.

clevguard real time protection


If privacy and security are primary concerns for you while using WhatsApp, you should immediately generate Google Voice phone number and start using it on WhatsApp. However, there are hackers and scammers who are after users' personal WhatsApp data with wicked purpose in mind. Therefore, you have to protect your phone from spyware, and we recommend ClevGuard Anti-Spyware for complete protection.

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By Cody Walsh

Posted on Jul 01, 2021 ( Updated: Jul 01, 2021 )

An experienced technology blogger and editor who has spent more than a decade writing about software, gadgets, and computing etc all over the Internet.

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