How to Bypass Venmo Phone Verification? (Dos and Don'ts to Keep in Mind)

Lindsay Hayes

There's no way to bypass Venmo phone verification during the signup process. You must enter a phone number and enter the verification code sent to you. If you don't want to use your primary number, you can buy a cheap prepaid phone to receive the verification code.

A lot of my colleagues recommended me Venmo to transfer money to other friends. However, I was skeptical about providing my original phone number to a privately-owned company. However, after looking for options, I knew there was no choice but to complete phone number verification.

In this article, I'll show you exactly how I did that. Plus, we'll discuss some workarounds to bypass Venmo phone verification.


How to Bypass Venmo Phone Verification? (Best Alternatives)

When you sign up to Venmo for the first time, either as a personal or business account, you'll be asked to verify your phone number to proceed.

This is because Venmo has to comply with US state and federal laws and regulations. To do so, the mobile payment service must verify each user's account credentials. These include your personal details, phone number, and bank account information.

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Sadly, you can't use Venmo's services until you provide all the necessary information. You won't be able to transfer funds or receive payments until you complete the phone verification process for your Venmo account.

Also, you won't be able to add a linked bank account or use Venmo balance until you verify your phone number.

Now that we know you can't really bypass Venmo phone verification, let's look at some of the options we have:

Use A Burner Phone

A "burner phone" is a cheap prepaid phone that you use temporarily and discard or destroy later. These are mostly feature phones with SIM-only plans and are used for texting and calling only.

People usually buy burner phones for privacy reasons or emergency situations since they're prepaid and not locked to a specific wireless carrier. You can get these at most convenience stores or electronic retailers.

If you have a burner phone lying around with some minutes remaining, you can use it to receive the verification codes for your new account.

Remember that you will need this burner phone if you're logged out of Venmo and need to log in again. On the positive side, plans for a prepaid mobile phone are relatively cheap so you won't have to shell out cash every time.

Using A Fake/Virtual Phone Number

Using a fake or temporary phone number might be tempting if you don't want to provide your original phone number to Venmo.

Many apps and websites provide you with virtual phone numbers (operational for a few minutes) that you can use to receive SMS anonymously. Some of the popular ones are:

However, I'd strongly advise you to stay away from these tactics!

Not only do they not work as they claim, but doing so can also get you permanently banned from the platform.

Also, since these numbers are active for a few minutes only, you won't be able to sign in to your Venmo account once you get logged out.

Use a Friend's Phone Number

You can certainly use a friend's or family member's phone number, but doing so is pointless for the most part.

Yes, you can create a Venmo account and transfer funds as long as you have the correct profile information and bank account details.

However, now your friend won't be able to create a Venmo account using the same phone number. This is because Venmo doesn't allow two or more users to use the same phone number.

Besides that, each time you try to sign in to Venmo, you'll need to enter the code sent to your friend's number.

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How to Complete Venmo Phone Verification?

You'll automatically receive a phone number verification code via SMS when creating a new Venmo account. You must enter this code in the desired field when prompted in the Venmo app.

If you've already made a Venmo account without completing this step, it's very easy to resend this code and verify your phone number.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Open the Venmo app on your phone and log in to your Venmo account.
  2. Click on the Me tab (your profile picture).
  3. Tap Settings (gear icon) on the top right corner and tap Account.
  4. Click on Phone Number and enter your mobile number in the field.

If you didn't receive SMS with the code even after multiple attempts, you need to check if Venmo is allowed to send you text messages. You can check that by sending "START" (without the quotes) to 86753 (Venmo's SMS shortcode).

If this doesn't resolve the issue, you can try using a different mobile device or a computer and logging in with your email and password.

None of the above works? You need to contact Venmo Support and they'll be happy to help you out.


Can You Create a Venmo Account Without a Phone Number?

No, you cannot create a Venmo account without a phone number. Venmo won't let you proceed until you enter the verification code sent to your personal number.

Even if you sign up using your email address and a password, you'll still need to verify your mobile number to send and receive payments.

Can You Use the Same Number for Two Venmo Accounts?

No, it's strictly against Venmo's policies to use the same phone number for two different accounts. I also don't suggest using the same phone numbers for different Venmo accounts, as it might lead to the deletion of your primary account.

This is to limit spam accounts and chances of fraud. On the other hand, you can use multiple email addresses with a single phone number without any issues.

Should I Use a Fake Phone Number to Bypass Venmo Phone Verification?

Some apps like Receive SMS, DoNotPay, and SMS-Man provide you with a temporary number or a virtual burner phone. However, as we discussed earlier, these are not reliable ways to bypass Venmo phone verification.

Using a temporary phone number is considered a "Restricted activity" as mentioned in Venmo's User Agreement. If caught, it can lead to the termination of your account or, in the worst case, a permanent ban from the platform.

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As you might have learned by now, it's not possible to bypass Venmo phone verification if you want to use all the app's features.

The only sensible option, in this case, is to buy a cheap burner phone and use it to receive the authentication codes.

Stay away from shady tricks like using a virtual phone number or online SMS services unless you want to get banned from using Venmo. Also, make sure to follow the terms and guidelines to keep using this free mobile payment service platform.

This brings our guide "how to bypass Venmo phone verification" to a close. I hope you learned something new today.

Thanks for reading!

Lindsay Hayes

Hi, I’m Lindsay, a techie from Kansas City. That’s right; I’m a born and bred Midwesterner. I learned to take electronics apart at my dad’s GameStop way back when, and I haven’t stopped since. I spend most of my time checking out new gadgets.
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