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How to Change Your Phone Number on Coinbase

Did you lose access to your old phone number?

If so, you need to change your phone number on Coinbase.

Otherwise, you won’t be able to log in to the exchange, make transactions, or security modifications.

This is because you won’t be able to complete the 2-factor authentication.

Fortunately, Coinbase allows you to reset your phone number even if you’re logged out of the exchange.

You can also reset your phone number while you’re logged in.

This can be done via the “Coinbase Account Recovery” page.

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In this guide, you’ll learn how to change or reset your phone number on Coinbase.

How to change your phone number on Coinbase

To change your phone number on Coinbase, you need to navigate to the “Coinbase Account Recovery” page.

To do so, you need to tap on the “I have a new phone number” link while you’re on the 2-factor authentication page.

The “Coinbase Account Recovery” page allows you to reset your phone number if you’ve lost access to it.

Hence, before you change your phone number, it’s best to disable the 2-factor authentication for every app first.

But if you didn’t disable it, you’ll have to use the account recovery on Coinbase.

The process is straightforward as you’re only required to enter your old phone number, new phone number, and enter a verification code.

Then, your phone number will be changed, and you’ll be able to receive verification codes from it.

Here’s how you can change your phone number on Coinbase:

  1. Open the Coinbase app & sign in
  2. Tap on “I have a new phone number”
  3. Sign in to Coinbase Account Recovery
  4. Tap on “Phone number”
  5. Enter your phone numbers
  6. Enter the verification code

1. Open the Coinbase app & sign in

Coinbase app sign in

Firstly, open the Coinbase app on your mobile device.

You can also use Coinbase on a desktop for this.

However, the screenshots in this article are taken on the Coinbase app and not the desktop version of it.

Once you’re on the Coinbase app, tap on “Sign in”.

Then, enter your email and password.

Next, tap on “Sign in” again to sign in to your Coinbase account.

2. Tap on “I have a new phone number”

How to change your phone number on Coinbase

After you’ve tapped on “Sign in”, you’ll land on the 2-step verification page.

On this page, you’re required to enter a 7-digit code that is sent to your phone number.

If you’ve lost access to your phone number, you won’t be able to view the code.

Since you lost access to your phone number, you need to change it on Coinbase.

Under the 7-digit code field, you’ll see a link that says “I have a new phone number”.

Tap on “I have a new phone number” to proceed to recover your Coinbase account.

3. Sign in to Coinbase Account Recovery

Coinbase sign in

After you’ve tapped on “I have a new phone number”, you’ll land on the sign-in page of Coinbase.

This time, you need to sign in to Coinbase on your browser.

The link that you tapped has directed you to the recovery page of Coinbase.

Before you can recover your account, you need to enter your login details.

Enter your email, password, and tap on “Sign in”.

This time, you won’t be required to complete a 2-factor authentication.

Instead, you’ll land on a page where you can recover your Coinbase account.

4. Tap on “Phone number”

Coinbase update phone number

After you’ve signed in, you’ll land on the “Coinbase Account Recover” page.

On the page, you’ll be able to update your email address or phone number that is linked with your Coinbase account.

You’ll also be provided with some information regarding the recovery of your account.

The information states that the account recovery process takes about 5 minutes.

In addition, changes to your account will be active in 48 to 72 hours.

Under the “Select what you want to update” header, you’ll see two options including “Email address” and “Phone number”.

As you’re looking to change your phone number on Coinbase, tap on the “Phone number” option.

This will allow Coinbase to help you to sign in to your account using a new phone number.

5. Enter your phone numbers

Coinbase account recovery

After you’ve tapped on the “Phone number” option, you’ll land on the “Collect info” page.

On the “Collect info” page, you’re required to enter your current phone number, country, and your new phone number.

Firstly, enter your current (old) phone number on the “Current phone number” field.

This phone number should be your old phone number or the phone number that you’ve lost access to.

Secondly, choose your country on the “Choose a country” field.

This will be used for your new phone number (e.g. +65).

Thirdly, enter the phone number that you want to change to on the “New phone number” field.

Make sure that the country code is correct.

Lastly, tap on “Continue” to proceed to the next step.

6. Enter the verification code

Coinbase verification code

After you’ve tapped on continue, you’ll need to verify your phone number by entering a verification code.

A verification code will be sent to your new phone number.

Check the messages on your phone for the verification code.

Then, enter the verification code and tap on “Verify” to verify it.

If you haven’t received the verification code, you can tap on “Re-send SMS” to re-send the code.

Once the code is verified, tap on “Continue” to proceed to the next steps.

Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the account recovery process.

There’ll also be a “Status” page where you can check the status of your account recovery.

You’ve successfully learned how to change your phone number on Coinbase!

Conclusion

After you’ve changed your phone number, it may take up to 72 hours for it to complete.

As of 2021, the pandemic has negatively affected Coinbase’s service providers.

That said, the identity verification process might be delayed.

Once the verification process is completed, you’ll be able to complete the 2-factor authentication on Coinbase using your new phone number.

Further reading

How to Change your Currency on Coinbase

How to Download Your Coinbase Transaction History

3 Ways to Contact Coinbase

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