Can I port my phone number into TextNow?

Yes. TextNow allows you to use your local phone number, so that you get cheaper cell phone plan without losing your number. To port your number into TextNow you need to provide account number* and PIN (if you have one) from your previous carrier, along with the correct billing address for the number. Once you have that information you can port via TextNow website or app.

  • Go to your My Account page on TextNow.com.
  • From your My Account page, click on Number Porting.
  • To port in your number to TextNow, click Port in your number.

If you use alternative apps like Google Voice, you can also import your phone number into it. Google Voice charges a $20 USD fee to port your mobile number from another carrier, such as Verizon or AT&T, to Google Voice.

  1. On your computer, open Google Voice.
    • If you haven't used Google Voice on your account before, set up Voice. You must pick a new number. Your ported number replaces the new number, so it won’t matter what the new number is.
  2. Click Settings Settings and go to the “Account” section.
  3. Under “Port a number to Google Voice,” click Port a number and Get started.
  4. Enter the phone number you want to port. Google Voice sends you a text message with a 6-digit code. If you prefer, you can choose to receive the code by call.
  5. Enter the code you receive.
  6. If your number can be ported, you'll be prompted to enter your carrier account information. You can check your bill or carrier’s website for the account information.
  7. Review the porting request. To proceed with payment through Google Pay, click Next.
    • If all steps are successful, you’ll receive an email with a detailed receipt.

*Every carrier will have a unique account number associated with the phone number. Your previous carrier will have the account number information for the number you're looking to port.
**Phone numbers that are no longer active are unable to be ported.

Jun 24, 2022

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