How to add a contact on WhatsApp

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps with over two billion users worldwide. You can install the app for free and use it to make voice and video calls, share multimedia files or documents, and more.

To use all the features of WhatsApp, you need to check if your contacts are also using WhatsApp. By installing WhatsApp on your tablet or phone, you can check which of your family or friends are already using the app.

However, not all of your contacts will appear in the list, which could mean that they aren’t using the app, or you probably haven’t added them to your phonebook yet.

We’ve put together this guide to help you add a contact on WhatsApp so you can contact them and start chatting right away.

How to add a contact on WhatsApp

You can add a contact to WhatsApp through your phone’s address book or through a contact card. If you received a message from a person who is not in your contact list or phone book, you can also add the contact directly through WhatsApp.

For this guide, we’re using a Samsung smartphone running Android 9 (Pie), but the instructions below should generally apply regardless of who built your Android phone.

How to add a contact via WhatsApp

  1. To add a contact via WhatsApp, launch the app and tap New chat badge.
  1. Click New contact.
  1. Enter the contact’s name and phone number on the default phonebook screen, then tap save.
  1. The contact will be added to your phone book and WhatsApp contact list.

Note: If you don’t see a contact’s name in WhatsApp, tap New chat tap the icon Options (three dots) at the top, then tap Update.

How to add a contact in WhatsApp for iOS

  1. To add a contact in WhatsApp for iOS, open the app and tap the chat icon in chats panel. touch New chat.
  1. Next click New contact.
  1. Next, enter the name and phone number of the contact you want to add. The contact will appear in your phone book and WhatsApp contact list.

How to add a WhatsApp contact from your phonebook

You can also add a WhatsApp contact through your phonebook.

  1. To do this, click Contacts on your phone and tap Add contacts icon (plus).
  1. Enter the name and phone number of the contact you want to add and click save.

Note: For international phone numbers, make sure you enter the plus sign, the country code, and then the full phone number.

  1. The contact should be in your WhatsApp contact list, but if it doesn’t appear, tap New chat > ​​Options > Refresh.

How to add WhatsApp contact via contact card

If someone has sent you a contact card via SMS or WhatsApp message, you can add a contact to WhatsApp using that contact card.

  1. Touch a contact card and select to add.
  1. Next click new to create a new contact.
  1. You will see the contact information already filled in, but you can change or add more details if you want. touch save.

The contact will be added to your phone book and WhatsApp contact list. You can click New chat > ​​Options > Refresh to update your WhatsApp contacts and check if the contact you just added appears in the list.

How to add a contact to a WhatsApp group

If you want to add a contact to a WhatsApp group, but they are not in your contact list, you can do it in two ways:

  • Add them to your phone book and then add them to your WhatsApp group
  • Invite them to join using the WhatsApp group link

How to add a contact to a WhatsApp group through the phone book

  1. Open Contacts and create a new contact with the name and number of the person you want to add to the WhatsApp group. touch save.
  2. Go to WhatsApp and open the group you want to add the contact to. touch Add participants.
  1. Find the name of the contact you want to add to the group, then tap the green check mark at the bottom of the screen.

How to add a contact to a WhatsApp group through the phone book

  1. Open the WhatsApp group you want to add a contact to and tap the group name at the top.
  2. Next click Invite via the link.
  1. Tap to copy link or fraction by texting the contact and asking them to click the link to join the group.

How to add a contact in WhatsApp using a QR code

WhatsApp QR Code is an easier way to add contacts to WhatsApp. You can share your WhatsApp QR code with the contact you want to add and it will simply scan the code to add it to your contact list.

Note: WhatsApp QR code expires only if you reset it or delete your WhatsApp account. It’s important that you trust whoever you share the QR code with, because someone can share it with others who can add you as a contact by scanning the code.

  1. To view your WhatsApp QR code, open WhatsApp and tap Options > Settings.
  1. In the upper right corner of the screen, you will see a QR icon.
  1. Tap an icon to open it, then tap Share it in the upper right corner of the screen to share it with others.

If you want to add a contact on your own phone, ask them to follow the same steps to send you their QR code. Scan the code and the contact will be added to your phone.

  1. To reset WhatsApp QR code, open WhatsApp and go to Options > Settings and tap the QR icon next to your name. Tap More (three dots), then tap Reset QR code.
  1. touch Cast.

How to delete a contact on WhatsApp

You cannot delete a contact from WhatsApp, but you can delete it from your phone’s address book.

  1. To delete a contact via WhatsApp, launch the app, tap New chat and tap the contact you want to delete. Tap the contact’s name at the top, then tap Options.
  1. touch View in the address book.
  1. In the default phonebook window, tap Options (three dots) and select Remove.
  1. Go back to WhatsApp and tap New chat > ​​Options > Refresh.

For iOS devices, open WhatsApp, tap chats tab, and then click New chat. Tap the contact you want to delete, then tap its name at the top of the screen. touch Edit in the upper right corner of the screen and select Delete contact.

Keep your contacts nearby

WhatsApp is a great app to keep in touch with your loved ones wherever they are. It’s not always easy to add your contacts to the app itself, but with these steps you’ll have all your contacts at your fingertips without having to search or import them.

If you have any questions or problems about adding contacts on WhatsApp, share with us in the comments below.

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