Your phone number is connected to a SIM card, and unless you have a dual-SIM phone, there’s no easy way to change your phone number when you’re texting. You may need to change your phone number because you don’t want to give out your personal information or something informal like playing a prank.
Although the easiest way to text someone from a different number is to use a friend’s phone, this method can be easily followed and is therefore unreliable.
Fortunately, there are many ways to text someone with different phone numbers, but you will need to use services and apps. In this article, we’ll take a look at the best ways to hide Sender ID.
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Use an online SMS service
These types of online services were very popular in the days when texting was the primary form of texting. If you didn’t have enough mobile phone credit on your prepaid plan, or if you wanted to text someone anonymously, you could have used one of these online services.
Online SMS services still exist and allow you to send an unlimited number of messages to anyone in the world. All you need to know is the recipient’s phone number and international code. If you search the Internet, you will find many such websites. Some of them include Globfone , SendAText , OpenTextingOnline , MFreeSMS , Wiko and others.
Most of these websites limit you to 155 characters per message, which is just below the default number of characters for a single text message. Also, you need to check the regional availability on the website before texting because some of them cannot send messages to all countries.
The recipient will only see a random phone number of the service and the content of your text. There will be no other data available, such as your name or phone number. Of course, unless a particular service requires you to fill out a certain dialog box with this information.
One of the major problems with these services is that you will never know if the data you enter could be misused. This means that any numbers you enter will likely stay on the server, so someone can use it to send malicious links or commit data theft.
Spoof the number
Some of these web services go even further and allow you to spoof a phone number in order to prank your friends or family. These spoofing services will send a text message to any number, but the recipient will see a number of your choice on the screen.
Spoofbox is one of the most popular phone spoofing apps. It is available for Android and iOS devices and allows the sender to tamper with their ID. It also has other features like exact time prank calls and spoofing your email. These types of software are a good way to protect your privacy because they can hide your ID if you want to make a private call or send an email.
While identity theft is not in itself illegal, you should not use it with malicious intent, for harassment, violence, threats or similar activities. If you do and the recipient reports it, you could be in big trouble.
Use third-party apps
There is a wide range of third-party apps for Android and iOS for the sole purpose of hiding your real phone number. Unlike identity theft, where you can type any number to make it appear as your own, these apps will create a unique and unique number. These apps allow you to send SMS and calls anonymously without revealing your personal phone number.
Depending on the purpose, applications vary in size, functionality and price. The most popular third-party apps to hide phone number are as follows:
- Burner – This app shares the name with popular phones which you can use for a short time before they become useless. This app will also assign a “burner phone” number instead of a normal number. This number is temporary and you can use it to hide your personal information from untrusted entities. It only works in the United States and Canada.
- Hushed – Similar to Burner, Hushed will give you a new temporary number to hide your ID. Also, the app can make calls over your Wi-Fi, which can be useful if you run out of minutes on your phone. It works in more than 40 countries, including most of Europe. However, it is a premium app with a free trial available.
- Flyp – Here is another premium app which allows you to have up to five additional phone numbers on your phone. All of these numbers can have separate options, such as different voicemail messages, calls and SMS. You can also see them all in one place.
- Google voice – You can make a restricted call on Google Voice. When you call a number using this app, you can instruct Google Voice to hide your caller ID on the recipient’s screen.
- TextNow – TextNow is both popular and free. It allows you to choose your area code and keep your phone number as long as you continue to use the app.
Beware of legal issues
It is normal to use a different phone number to text someone every now and then for various reasons. However, your intentions should always be good, even if you are looking to play pranks on your friends or relatives in some way.
If you want to use a fake phone number for malicious reasons, most of these apps and services have a way to track your ID or IP address and you may have legal trouble with the authorities. So, just because these features exist, doesn’t mean you should abuse them. Use them wisely and for a positive purpose.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it possible to know where a text comes from?
When using third party SMS services, prepaid burner phones, and text messaging websites, it can be extremely difficult to find out who is behind fake SMS. While many of these services require you to sign in with an account, some don’t, which can make it more difficult to track the original sender.
Depending on why you are texting from fake phone numbers, there is always a way to track the origin if you are smart enough. Prepaid phones require personal information to start the service. IP addresses can be traced. Most common users will not be able to track the origins of texts, but it can be done.
Can I send an SMS using an email address?
At some point you may have received a text message without a phone number. Instead, the contact information listed is an email address. This is possible and anyone can do it with almost any email client.
Instead of entering an email address, enter the recipient’s ten-digit phone number in the recipient field. Every cell phone operator in the United States has a unique code that you will need to enter after the phone number. For example, to send an email to a text at an AT&T, you would type ” [email protected] “Type your message and send it as you normally would. Assuming you know the other person’s cell phone provider and code, this will work for you.
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