Porting Your Number

Looking to port your number into or out of TextNow? We've now made it even easier to get your port started! Here's how:

  1. Go to your My Wireless Account page on TextNow.com.
  2. From your My Wireless Account page, click on Number Porting.
  3. To port in your number to TextNow, click the Start button under Port in your number.
  4. For the information, you'll need to port your number out of TextNow, click Port out your number

You'll also have the option to port in a number to TextNow when you purchase a plan, phone, or SIM card from us at the time of purchase.

What is porting?

Porting a number means taking an existing phone number from one provider and transferring it to another provider.

What info do I need to port my number?

We'll need to know the account number and PIN (if you have one) from your previous carrier. Every carrier will have a unique account number associated with it, including prepaid accounts. Your previous carrier will have the account number information for the number you're looking to port.

The number you're trying to port must be tied to an account that is active and in good standing with your previous carrier. Phone numbers that are no longer active are unable to be ported, unfortunately. 

What happens after I submit a port?

The porting process takes 2 days on average to complete from the time of activation. Submitting the correct information greatly decreases the time it takes to port in your number.

You can still use TextNow during that time with the temporary TextNow phone number already associated with your account. Once it completes, that temporary number will be replaced with the number being ported.

There may be a small window of time (not more than 24 hours) where you'll be unable to receive text messages while your phone number is changing hands between your previous carrier and TextNow.


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    ping yang

    Replace the new number

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hey Ping!

    I'm afraid that porting in numbers from your old carrier is currently only supported with paid, wireless accounts. If you simply wish to change your current new TextNow number, you must wait the 15 day cycle, or until it is recycled (if you do not use it).

    For more information on that, you can see how you can change the number through your mobile app here and contact us at orders@textnow.com with any further questions!

    Edited by Valeria TextNow Support
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    Denise Paul

    There is no box to port out your number.

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hey Denise!

    Sorry about that, the service is temporarily disabled while we work out some kinks.

    You can speak with any of our live chat representatives (can be found on the bottom right hand side) to get your port-out information :)

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    Ben Kuhnle

    I recently had my subscription lapse and I'm trying to port my number to Verizon. Elsewhere I've seen that my account number is my TExtNow username but that is not acceptable to the computer system on Verizon's end, and being considered no longer a subscriber by TN I don't have the Port Your Number page available in the app anymore. I need to get the necessary information to port my number out ASAP.

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hey Ben! The information with the username being your account number is certainly quite outdated.

    I can see that you were able to receive a response from one of our representatives through your email request, so please let us know if you run into any more issues with porting your number!

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    Dustin Wallace

    I need my info to Port out my number

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hey Dustin! For your privacy, you can speak with one of our live chat representatives (can be found on the bottom right hand side of this page) to obtain your account information!

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    Teri Walker

    I just ported my old number and people that text me are being charged 25 cents! It only took 15 mintestines to port the number but now I want to go back to the textnow number I had. I don't want a new number I want the one I had so I don't have to keep giving friends and collegues new numbers. Don't look good you know.

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    Teri Walker

    They are being told it is a landline...

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hey Teri! Since we are using a VoIP service, all of our numbers (including the ones that we provide) are converted into virtual numbers, rather than traditional, which sometimes can be labelled as landline numbers by some carriers.

    Now, this seems a little strange since your old TextNow number would have been labelled the same way, which would have resulted in the same issues with your friends texting you. Would you be able to follow up with them to see whether this is an issue with their carrier? Otherwise, I'd suggest that you speak with one of our live chat representatives (can be found on the bottom right hand side of this page) for further assistance with your account :)