Can Venmo Be Used Without a Phone Number? No
When you make a Venmo account, you have to sign up for it with your phone number. Whether you select a personal or business account, Venmo will still require your phone number, which you’ll have to verify right away. While you can’t work around this policy, there is a way to register for Venmo with a fake phone number.
In this guide, we’ll discuss how to sign up for a Venmo account without disclosing your real phone number. If you want to create a second account on the same device, this method will work as well.
Will Using a Free Phone Number Work?
The most popular method for avoiding the phone number registration policy is buying a burner phone – a prepaid mobile phone that you can throw away when you’re finished using it. While a burner phone will let you sign up for various services and apps, it expires after a few months. It could also be pricey.
Another method that’s commonly used is searching for random fake phone numbers on Google. While this method is quick and practical, it might not work for every app and service you want to sign up for.
There is an easier way to work around Venmo’s phone number requirement. A great app you can use for this is DoNotPay. This app works like a burner phone, as it provides you with a fake phone number that you can use to sign up for a Venmo account.
Not only can you use this app for Venmo, but any other app that requires you to provide your phone number. It basically generates a temporary phone number that expires after you use it. Here’s how you can use it to sign up for a Venmo account:
- Sign up for DoNotPay on your browser. You can use your email address or phone number.
- Select the “Burner Phone” tab.
- Type in “Venmo” when you’re asked which app requires your phone number.
- Tap on the “Create a Temporary Number” button.
You’ll get a temporary phone number that you can use for 10 minutes. This is what you need to do next:
- Open the Venmo app on your phone.
- Enter your email address.
- Enter your temporary phone number.
- Create a password.
- Verify the phone number on the DoNotPay app.
After your temporary phone number expires, you won’t be able to use it anymore. However, since you’ve already verified it, you won’t need it. DoNotPay will generate temporary phone numbers a few times a month, in case you want to register for another app or service.
You can also use the Receive SMS website if you don’t want to provide your real number. This service is completely free, and it allows you to receive text messages and voice mails online. What’s also great about this website is that it can receive messages from all around the world. It also doesn’t have a limit to how many messages you can receive on a daily basis.
Using this website is relatively straightforward. Here’s how you can use it to receive a verification text message from Venmo:
- Go to the Receive SMS website.
- Scroll down to find a number that’s from your country.
Note: Since Venmo only works in the US, you need to find a US number.
- Click on the “Open” button when you pick a number.
- Use the temporary number to register for Venmo.
Once Venmo sends a verification code to the temporary phone number, you’ll receive it on the Receive SMS website. Make sure you refresh the page until you get the message.
If you scroll down on the temporary phone number detail page, you’ll see a list of the last 50 messages that your fake number received. What’s more, you’ll see each message’s content (for example, “WhatsApp code 401-572.”). While this feature is very useful, remember that the message you’ll receive from Venmo will be on that list. Therefore, the next person who uses the same temporary phone number as you will be able to see the message.
Can You Have Two Venmo Accounts With the Same Phone Number?
While Venmo doesn’t allow you to have two accounts with the same phone number, you can work around this issue using the temporary phone number method. You can use one of the two services mentioned in the previous section – the DoNotPay app or the Receive SMS website.
However, you also need to have two separate email addresses for two Venmo accounts. If you already have two or more email addresses, then you won’t need to take any additional steps. If you only have one, then just make another email address. You can register two email addresses to the same phone number.
In terms of bank accounts, having two Venmo accounts is very useful for when you have two bank accounts. You can use the Venmo app to transfer money from one account to the other. But what about a joint bank account? Venmo actually allows two Venmo users to register the same bank account. Just keep in mind that only two Venmo accounts can have the same registered bank account. Any more than that won’t be allowed.
Protect Your Privacy When You Sign Up for Venmo
While you have to provide a phone number when you sign up for your Venmo account, it doesn’t necessarily have to be your phone number. There are several ways you can work around Venmo’s phone registration policy. You can get a burner phone, look up fake numbers on Google, or use an app that will generate a temporary phone number for you.
Have you ever registered for a Venmo account with a fake phone number? What method did you use to get it? Let us know in the comments section below.