How to Tell Your Contacts That You Have a New Phone Number

Getting a new phone number is one thing, but informing your contacts seems too much work. We feel the struggle! But we can’t just leave folks hanging and hope they figure it all out alone. Maybe it’s a little selfish and lazy, isn’t it?

tell your contacts that you have a new phone number

In this blog, we’re diving into the specifics of making this change hassle-free. We’ll share a few tips to help this typically tiresome task go effortlessly.

So, buckle up for the guide. Let’s talk about telling your contacts you have a new phone number.

How to Tell Your Contacts That You Have a New Phone Number?

We’ll begin with the tips before moving on to the methods.

Tip 1: Have a checklist

Do you have a list of people you need to inform about the new number? If not, create one. It will speed up the task and ensure no one is unintentionally left out.

Here is a list of people you must remember:

Family and friends


Work contacts


Service providers

Landlord and housekeepers

You must adjust this general list to include the contacts and individuals on your priority list.

Tip 2: Compose a small yet sincere message

The next step is to write a formal and informal message. The informal message is intended for your friends, family, and other intimate acquaintances. The intended audience for this formal message is typically your professional network.

A quick heads-up will do; there’s no need to spill the beans on why you’ve changed your number. Yes, we understand there is an impulse to send out a mass message, but remember the importance of sincerity.

It’s an opportunity for reconnecting as much as it is about the update. You might have to reach out to folks you don’t talk to or haven’t spoken to in a long time. So, make sure your messages are honest.

Sample message for the professional network:


How are you doing? I am (your name). I wanted to let you know that I recently changed my phone number.

You can delete my old number. You will find me on this new number going forward. Thanks. Have a good day.

Sample message for friends and family:

Hey, what’s up?

Just so you know, I changed my number recently, so save this one for reaching out to me now, okay? Talk to you later.

Tip 3: A quick follow-up

You sent a mass message, but how about sending a brief follow-up? People occasionally forget to check their messages or social media, so why don’t you send them a reminder?

Single out the most important people from your contact list first, and send them one. It will ensure that they get your message the second time, even if they missed your first.

If they have already saved your number, at least you’ll have the confirmation. Send a brief follow-up after a few days to make sure that everyone has received this information.

In the section below, we go over the most effective ways to let your contacts know your new number.

WhatsApp comes to the rescue

Did you know about WhatsApp’s change number feature? You can use it to change the phone number linked to your WhatsApp account. You can notify your contacts about changes to your phone number. We recommend you inform all people in your contact list about the change using this feature.

While group chats will automatically be notified of the switch, it’s wise to give your individual contacts a notification alert, too.

We recommend informing your contacts about your new phone number before changing phone numbers. Ask them to make any necessary changes in their phone’s address book.

Here’s how you do it:

Step 1: Launch WhatsApp and select the three vertical dots in the upper right corner.

Step 2: Head to Settings and choose Account from the list.

Step 3: The third option on the list is Change number. Click on it.

Step 4: Click Next after reading the instructions on the next page.

Step 5: Fill in the appropriate fields with your old and new phone numbers. Then click the Next button.

Step 6: Do you see the notify contacts option on the next page? Turn the toggle on for it.

Step 7: Three options appear on the screen:  All Contacts, Contacts I have chats with, and Custom.

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