Microsoft sometimes requests users to enter a phone number while creating an Outlook or Hotmail Account. If this happens, you can still Create Outlook Account Without Phone Number using different methods as provided below.
Create Outlook Account Without Phone Number
Usually Microsoft uses a Captcha test to verify human users and prompts for a phone number only if it suspects creation of multiple user accounts within a short period of time.
Even if you are not creating multiple accounts, you may be flagged by this system and asked to enter a phone number.
If for some strange reason Microsoft is requesting a phone number, then you can make use of methods as provided below to bypass the phone verification screen.
The methods as provided below are listed in order of ease. Make sure that you try out all the methods, if the first few do not work.
Method #1: Restart Router and Clear Browser Cache
The reason for Phone verification, instead of the usual Captcha test might be due to your IP being present in the list of suspicious IP Addresses on Microsoft servers.
The easiest way to bypass this block is to get a New IP Address by restarting your WiFi Modem/Router.
Also, you need to clear the browser cache, in order to get rid of all the stored cookies that might be linked to the IP Address and your online behaviour.
First, clear your browser cache by following steps provided in this article: How to Clear Browser Cache in Chrome.
Next, Reset WiFi router by following steps provided in this article: How to Reboot Router and Modem.
After completing the above steps, try creating a Microsoft Account once again and this time you should be able to create an Outlook account without phone number.
Method #2: Use Outlook App
Users have reported being able to create an Outlook account without phone number, when using the Outlook app, instead of the Outlook website.
Download Outlook app on your smartphone and try creating an account from within the Outlook App.
Method #3: Try Again Later
If Microsoft is asking for your Phone Number, simply close the browser tab and try creating an Outlook Account after an hour or on the next day.
This should work, because the request for Phone Number is most likely designed to prevent bots and automated programs from creating multiple Outlook Accounts in a short period of time.
So, if you are being asked to enter a phone number, try creating an account a few hours later.
If you immediately need to create an email account and cannot wait a few hours, you can follow the fourth method as provided below.
Method #4: Contact Microsoft Support
If all the methods above did not work, the only remaining option is to contact Microsoft support and tell them you do not have a phone number to verify your account.
When you contact Microsoft support, they will make use of other methods (chat or email) to verify that you are human.
You can get in touch with Microsoft support using this link or search for Microsoft support on Google and go from there.
Note: When you start chatting with Microsoft Support, you will be initially dealing with Microsoft Virtual Agent.
Keep chatting with the virtual agent, until you see an option to contact a human instead.
We hope this article helped you out!