Wouldn’t you think that it would be fairly straightforward to figure out how to change or update your phone number on eBay? eBay has been around long enough that when some people first opened their accounts they may even have had landlines (imagine that)! However, it’s not obvious how to update your telephone number on eBay, so here is how to change that phone number.
If you are reading this you may have already experienced the frustration of trying to find just where to change your phone number, because it’s not in any of the obvious places. You would think that it’s maybe in your general account information, or your personal information, or maybe your communications preferences. And, you would be wrong.
Then, after exhausting those somewhat more obvious options, you might click on ‘Addresses’, and…nope, no obvious way to change your phone number there, either.
However, at least with the Addresses section, you were on the right path.
So, here is how to update or change your phone number that is associated with your eBay account.
How to Change or Update Your Telephone Number in eBay
First, log into eBay, and then click on the drop-down menu triangle next to your name in the upper left-hand corner.
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Now, select ‘Account settings’ from that drop-down menu.
This will take you to the overview for your account settings; click on ‘Addresses’.
This will take you to that addresses page, where you can modify various addresses (ship-to addresses, ship-from addresses if you sell on eBay, etc.).
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Click on ‘Change’ next to your ‘Registration address’.
This will bring you to the following screen, which has the info with which you originally signed up with eBay..including… wait for it… your phone number! Tah dah!
Click on ‘change your Primary phone number’.
At this point you may be prompted to log in to eBay again, so that they can confirm it is you making the changes. Then you will see this screen:
Enter your number and hit confirm. Note that if you prefer to use a non-mobile number just hit the line that says “I don’t have a mobile phone.”
Now, that said, we have no idea why eBay has you distinguish between a mobile number and a non-mobile number, because the next step sets you up to confirm the change by eBay “sending” a PIN to your phone which you will have to enter to confirm the change:
Regardless of whether you enter a mobile number or a non-mobile number, the eBay system will call you with the PIN. There is no option to get the PIN ‘sent’ by text message.
Once you have received and entered the PIN, you will be all set.
And that is the incredibly convoluted way to change your telephone number on eBay!
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