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There is little doubt that WhatsApp is the global leader of instant messaging services.

With a user base of close to a billion people, there is no app that beats this messenger when it comes to popularity.

The messenger is very useful when it comes to sending messages, be it texts, videos, images or voice clips. Users can share their locations, contacts and even make free voice calls to other users regardless of their global location. In a bid to ensure that no one is locked out of the platform, the developers of the app have ensured that there are versions compatible with almost every mobile phone available today. Users of Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Nokia, and BlackBerry can install this application on their devices without any problems.


On the flipside, WhatsApp can only be installed on devices that have a SIM card. The question that comes to the surface here is this: what happens to those who want to use WhatsApp on a device with a different SIM card without changing their number?

How to install and use WhatsApp without a SIM card

Well, there is a way out. It is still possible to retain the same WhatsApp number on a device that is using a different SIM card? However, you must first setup the app using the initial SIM card.

Download and install the latest version of WhatsApp on your Android phone. Using your desired phone number, register your account and activate it. Once the account is activated, you can continue using it on another device apart from the one you set it up on. But there is a method for doing this.

When you download and install WhatsApp on your phone, it will ask you for a phone number. This is where the app will send the verification code required to activate your account. Once this verification code is sent to the number and the account successfully verified, you no longer need this SIM card to receive or send WhatsApp messages. All you need is an internet connection.

While the above method will still keep you online as far as WhatsApp messages and calls are concerned, any person who tries to reach you via the normal phone call or SMS will not be successful.

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To setup a WhatsApp account and use it without a SIM card requires the following steps:

  • Download and install WhatsApp on your phone.
  • Verify your account using the verification code that will be sent to your number.
  • Once the account is verified and ready to use, remove the SIM card from your phone and replace it with any other that you want.
  • Connect your device to the internet and launch WhatsApp to start chatting and calling friends without the old SIM card.

This useful method will keep you in contact with your WhatsApp friends without a SIM card.