After the traditional cellular calling, one of the greatest advances in communication was SMS, which created a whole platform for users to get their message across by text. Network carriers charged users for each text back in the day, which is why the introduction of messaging services like WhatsApp has been a groundbreaking achievement.
Today, more than a billion people around the world use WhatsApp every day, even toppling the use of regular SMS by miles. But what about all those times when you wanted to create a secondary WhatsApp account but didn’t have a mobile number with which to link it?
You can set up a secondary WhatsApp account and have the number verified without even needing the OTP verification code sent to an actual phone number, thanks to several apps and services that offer a ‘burner‘ virtual phone number.
How to get a virtual mobile number for free
You’ll find the Google Play Store littered with apps offering secondary phone numbers, and while most of them are good-quality apps that deliver, others aren’t good enough either visually or functionally. We tried and tested the 2ndLine app, and it seemed to work like a charm, which is why this guide is based on it.
Download the 2ndLine – Second Phone Number android app.
Open the 2ndLine app and sign up using your email address and a password. Next up, you’ll be asked to either use your current location to find a phone number or enter an Area Code to ‘Choose a phone number‘.
You’ll be presented with 5 different numbers to choose from, so select one and hit the Continue
The number will now be allocated to you, so go ahead and tap on it to copy it.
While setting up the 2ndLine app, you’ll be asked to grant the app permissions to make/receive calls and messages, so make sure that you grant them access.
How to set up WhatsApp using the secondary number
Now that you’ve received your temporary phone number, you can go ahead and install the WhatsApp app from the Google Play Store.
Open WhatsApp and proceed to the screen where it asks you to enter your phone number.
Make sure to select the country from where you’ve generated your temporary phone number from. Copy your phone number from the 2ndLine app and paste it on to the WhatsApp screen and hit the Next.
WhatsApp will begin connecting to the service and you may get the verification code over at the 2ndLine app right away, or you might end up receiving an error.
In case of an error, select the ‘Call me‘ option and wait to receive a phone call or a voice mail from WhatsApp which includes the verification code.
In our case, we received a voicemail, and then the WhatsApp account was verified immediately.
That’s all you need to do! With the process done and your virtual number ready to go, you can use your truly anonymous WhatsApp account to prank your friends, have a private line of chat with your loved ones, or keep a separate window for business conversations.
Obviously, the application of a temporary number is not limited to WhatsApp by any means, so you can use it for free to create secondary accounts for almost any service.
Are you rushing over to 2ndLine to create your virtual number and get an anonymous WhatsApp account right now?
In recent times, the ‘2nd line’ app given above appears to have been geo-restricted to a few users only. If you can not download the app then there are currently various alternatives on the market that you can download using the links below. Most of these apps work similar to 2nd line, whereupon you will be given a temporary phone number to create an account, which you can then register on Whatsapp. Let ‘s look at some alternatives to the app on 2nd line.
Note: While US users can also use the apps listed for global users, it will unfortunately not work the other way round. You can however use a VPN to run the US only apps or even download .apk from third party sources. But these practices involve risks and failures of their own hence only resort to US alternatives if none of the global alternatives work for you.
US only alternatives apps
- TextNow by TextNow Inc. | Download
- Text Free by Pinger, Inc. | Download
- Text Me by TextMe Inc. | Download
- Burner – Second phone number by Ad Hoc Labs, Inc. | Download
Note: When you use Burner, your phone number will stick to your device until you let go of it, in favor of a new virtual number. They also have a subscription-based model and only offer a 7 day trial period, but it should be enough to get your second WhatsApp activated.
- Hushed by AffinityClick Inc. | Download
Note: Hushed too has a 3 day trial period after which you will have to get a subscription if you wish to keep using your virtual phone number.
- Wabi by Applaud Soft | Download
- Sideline by Pinger, Inc. | Download
- Google Voice by Google LLC | Download
- Temp Number by VSOFTS | Download
- Skyphone by QuadSystem Co. Ltd. | Download
- TextMe by TextMe Inc. | Download
- TextMe Up by TextMe Inc. | Download
Note: Both the apps right above tend to work but have tons of ad and mediocre customer support at best. Proceed with caution and maybe try them as a last resort if nothing else on the list works for you.
- Free phone calls, free texting SMS on free number by Dingtone Inc | Download
- Freetone by TextMe Inc. | Download
Disadvantages of using Virtual numbers as second WhatsApp number
Virtual numbers are associated with multiple disadvantages, and frankly risks. Let’s take a quick look at each.
For a long time, virtual numbers aren’t associated with specific users unless you pay for them. So if you plan to skip the payment you should bear in mind that you will need to keep using the number daily to keep it active and in your possession.
Since most virtual numbers are reused and assigned to new users, you run the risk of getting a number that has already been used. If the previous user has signed up to Whatsapp then you will not be able to use this account unless the previous one is deleted.
Risk of losing data
Another big risk involved is that someone else may be able to access your Whatsapp account. If you get rid of your virtual number and someone else uses it to sign up for Whatsapp then you will not be able to get your account back. They will be able to see all of your stored chats and, if any, your backed up data. In addition, any contact which attempts to contact you will be redirected to the new user.
Risk of losing payment modes
There are only a handful of virtual number services out there from reliable sources such as Google. Even then, there are breaches that could cause your data to be stolen. When you consider that most of these providers are dependent on credit cards with no reputation for their name, then the prospect of disclosing your payment information to those providers becomes increasingly risky.
How to use your landline number to sign up to Whatsapp instead
If you are concerned about solicitation calls or random numbers and advertisements then signing up with your landline will help you bypass all these disadvantages. You can set up your second WhatsApp account with the same telephone number, too. Let us take a look at how you can use your landline to sign up for a new Whatsapp account.
Download and open your second Whatsapp on your device. Tap on ‘Agree and Continue’ at the bottom.
Now enter your landline number along with your country code. Tap on ‘Next’ once you are done.
The app will now send you a verification code via SMS but you won’t be able to receive it as it is a landline. Wait for 5 minutes and you will have the option titled ‘Call Me.’ Tap on it when available.
Now you should get a call with the verification code to your landline. It will be activated once you enter the code in your Whatsapp, and you can now set your profile image and username.
You should now be able to use Whatsapp with your landline.
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