To get a free virtual US phone number, you need to have couple of things:
- #1 – Smartphone (iOS or Android)
- #2 – Active PayPal Account
Steps To Get A Free US Phone Number
Step #01 – First you need to download and install a free app called, “TextMe Up”.
This app is available for both, iOS as well as Android-based phones. You can download it for your smartphone from the link below:
NOTE: In this guide, I will be using an Android smartphone. However, the steps should be similar for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running Apple iOS.
Step #02 – Open the above link on your smartphone or search on the Play Store for “TextMe Up”.
You should come across the app as shown in the screenshot.
Step #03 – Tap on the “Install” button to download and install this app on your phone.
The process should take no more than a minute (depending on your Internet connection speed).
Step #04 – Once installed, tap on the “Open” button to launch the app.
Step #05 – You will now see a screen similar to the one shown in the screenshot below.
Here you should have three options to create a TextMe Up account:
- Sign up or login with your email,
- Sign in with Google,
- Connect with Facebook.
Step #06 – Here I am using the option #1 i.e. sign up or login with your email.
So I have to enter my email address and password to create my TextMe Up account.
Step #07 – The app will now ask you to select a new free international number from the list.
You can get a free number of any of the country mentioned in the list i.e. Canada, United States, France, United Kingdom, and Germany.
Simply tap on the country name to get a free number.
I want a free US number so I will tap on the second option i.e. United States.
Step #08 – Now, you will be asked to choose area code so that it can assign you a number based on that specific area.
In case you don’t know any area code, you can simply tap on the “Choose for me” option and TextMe Up app will show you a small list of available numbers.
Just tap on the number suitable for you and then tap on the “Confirm this number” button.
Step #09 – Next, that number should be registered against your TextMe Up account and you can use this to call your friends and relatives living in US and Canada for free.
Congratulations, you should now be able to use this free US number to verify your PayPal account.
Steps To Verify PayPal Account
As we have now obtained a free US phone number, I will now show you that how you can easily use it to verify PayPal using free virtual US phone number.
Step #01 – Go to PayPal.com and log into the account you want to verify.
Step #02 – Once logged in, click on the gears icon located on the upper-right corner of the page to access your PayPal Account Settings page (as shown in the screenshot below).
Step #03 – Scroll down until you see the “Phone” section, and click on the “+” (plus sign) button to add a new phone number to your PayPal account.
Step #04 – Here you will have couple of boxes.
In the first box, you have to select a “Phone type” from the drop down list, which should be “Mobile”.
And in the second box enter the free virtual US phone number that was assigned to you in the previous section by TextMe Up.
Once filled, click on the “Add Number” button.
Step #05 – You should now receive a confirmation code on your TextMe Up app via message.
In some cases, the confirmation code is not sent to the number. Don’t worry, simply click on the “Resend confirmation code” and the code will arrive within a minute.
Enter the code into the box and click on the “Validate” button.
Step #06 – Once validated, PayPal will take you to the following page that says, “Thanks for confirming your mobile number”.
At the same time, you will receive a confirmation message from PayPal on your phone number as well as your registered email that says, “Your mobile number is linked to your account”.
Congratulations! You have now successfully verified your PayPal account using the free virtual US phone number.