Using WhatsApp is essential for millions of people around the world and has become one of the common forms of communication. For work or leisure, to send messages to your mother or your best friend, to your boyfriend or girlfriend. But even if we use the app, there are always some tricks that you may not know. For example, you can use WhatsApp with a landline phone number.
Can we use a landline phone in the messaging app? Yes, but we must keep in mind that we need a verification code that comes to us by SMS normally, although it is not the only option because we can also receive it by call. This is what allows us to have a landline number to use WhatsApp. It is useful in case you have several numbers or if we have a company phone and we want to have it linked to the landline and not to the mobile.
Applications like Telegram allow us to have several accounts on the same smartphone, but WhatsApp makes it a little more complicated but not impossible. We can have an application with the mobile phone and another with the landline, using both at the same time with different versions.
Advantages of using your landline phone
The main advantage of using the landline is that we can have two WhatsApp accounts on the same smartphone. We can use our regular phone number on a mobile phone and our landline number on it with another application. We would have a number in Normal WhatsApp and another in Business. This will allow us to have two accounts without having to have two SIM cards, for example. One personal and one business or it will depend on the needs of each one.
Another advantage is that anyone who has access to a landline can do it without having to have a mobile contract. That is, we can make your teenage son or daughter You can send or receive WhatsApp when you are at home on your tablet or mobile phone with WiFi but without the need to have your own phone number. Or we can do it with the company phone if we do not have a work cell phone but an establishment where you work does have a landline: a store, a workshop… We will not need to have a mobile line so that they can contact us.
Sometimes we have a landline included in our rate but we don’t even use this and we don’t have a connected device at home. Rates from operators such as O2 offer a landline to all their clients and not all of them use it to contact friends or family. In that case, we can take advantage of this number to have WhatsApp.
Use fixed on WhatsApp
To do this, the first thing you have to do is go to Google Play or the App Store and download the WhatsApp Business application. There are two options: that we use this application for the landline and conventional WhatsApp for the mobile or that you simply use this for the landline number on a work phone, for example.
If we want to keep both, we can leave both applications on our mobile, while if we only want to use it with a landline number, it is enough to have WhatsApp Business on our device. But keep in mind that these tricks will not work with the conventional app: it will tell you that the number entered is invalid and you will not be able to verify the code in any way.
It is essential, obviously, to have the landline connected. At the time of installation, we must indicate that instead of using the number of our SIM card, we want to use another number and indicate the landline number. That is, when we see the phone verification screen we must enter the landline. Since we cannot receive the SMS with the activation code on the landline, we will have to wait the time established by WhatsApp to check if we received the SMS and later, request a call to receive the activation code.
The steps, summarized, are as follows:
- We download and install WhatsApp Business on the mobile phone
- We follow the steps of app installation
- We will reach the verification code screen
- Enter your landline here
- You will see two verification options: SMS or call
- The SMS will be sent by default, but you will not receive it, it is a fixed
- You must let a minute pass
- Once the time passes, tap on the call option
- You will receive a call with an answering machine that will tell you six digits
- Write down the six digits and fill out the WhatsApp verification screen
As you see in the images, the call option will be available after one minute. Once the 60 seconds have passed we can tap on “Call me” but not before. We will see that the countdown ends and that the text appears dark.
Therefore, we must be close to the landline that we have indicated in WhatsApp Business, since we will automatically receive a call to that phone number indicating the code that we must enter to activate WhatsApp Business on our phone and thus be able to enter Business.
Once inside, the first thing we will see is an interface identical to that of WhatsApp Messenger, the only difference we find at first glance is that the green color is different and some functions are different. It is important to know that the name we use in WhatsApp Business cannot be changed later. Although it is an app for companies They will not ask us for any type of certificate that proves that we are and you can activate it directly with your home landline if you need to have two accounts for whatever reason.
There are several companies that offer messaging services for businesses that allow you to use WhatsApp Business with a landline number. Some examples of these companies are:
- Twilio: offers a cloud communications platform that allows you to integrate WhatsApp Business with a landline phone number to send and receive messages.
- MessageBird– is a communications platform that offers a business messaging solution to use WhatsApp Business with a landline number.
- Wati: is an automation platform with which companies can send and receive WhatsApp Business messages from a landline number and take advantage of automation tools to improve customer service efficiency. Wati also offers message personalization and data analytics solutions to improve communication effectiveness.
- Yalo: offers a conversational messaging platform that allows you to integrate WhatsApp Business with a landline phone number to send and receive messages.
It is important to note that the use of these third-party tools may be subject to certain limitations and additional costs. Therefore, it is advisable to research and compare different options before choosing a solution to use WhatsApp Business with a landline number.
There are other options that allow us to have WhatsApp without having a linked phone but they do not always work. For example, we can have a virtual number which allows us to activate WhatsApp using the previous method. A virtual number is obtained through an application or a website where we can generate a telephone number that does not belong to anyone, a number that we cannot normally use to make phone calls or send calls but that does allow us to receive SMS. Thanks to the possibility of receiving SMS we can receive the verification code that allows us to activate and use it without having to use our personal mobile phone.
These numbers are usually available for a few hours at no cost, although after a while we have to start paying for them. Even so, we will only need two minutes to activate WhatsApp following the previous steps via SMS. If not, we can use the landline of any trusted person we know, a landline that we have contracted with our operator because it is included but that we are not using, for example.
Can I receive calls on WhatsApp?
Until recently it was not possible to make calls to landlines using WhatsApp and we could only make them to other people who had a mobile phone and WhatsApp downloaded on it. It was obvious that we couldn’t call landlines using WhatsApp because you can’t download WhatsApp on a landline. So that’s why we can’t make a call to a landline from the app.
However, as we have seen before, a landline number can be associated with WhatsApp Business. If we then have that landline number saved on the phone as we would with any WhatsApp number, we can call that landline number with WhatsApp Business. However, the call will go to the mobile phone number associated with that WhatsApp Business account, so we are not actually calling the landline because landlines cannot receive WhatsApp calls, but rather the number that is associated with the Business account. WhatsApp.
It must be taken into account that WhatsApp voice calls are not the same as phone calls. Since WhatsApp cannot call landline numbers, we may be making a normal phone call using our device’s default phone app. Skype, on the other hand, does allow you to dial landline numbers.