Find someone on Whatsapp: 10 steps (with pictures)

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Find someone on Whatsapp: 10 steps (with pictures)
Find someone on Whatsapp: 10 steps (with pictures)
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In this article, we'll show you how to find contacts who are already using WhatsApp, and how to invite contacts to chat with you if they aren't already. You cannot use WhatsApp to search for a contact that is not already in your contact list on your phone.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: On iPhone or iPad

Find Someone on WhatsApp Step 1

Step #1. Open WhatsApp app

Follow the instructions to register your phone number if you are not automatically logged in.

You cannot use WhatsApp to search for a contact that is not already in your contact list on your phone

Find Someone on WhatsApp Step 2

Step #2. Tap on Chats

That's the icon with the text clouds at the bottom of the screen.

Find Someone on WhatsApp Step 3

Step #3. Tap on the 'New Chat' button

It's a rectangular icon with a pencil in the top right corner of the screen.

All contacts who use WhatsApp are in the list that opens now

Find Someone on WhatsApp Step 4

Step #4. Search for a contact

You do this by typing the name of a contact in the search bar at the top of the screen.

  • If the contact is not on WhatsApp you can scroll down and tap Invite friends to WhatsApp, now tap the way you want to send the invitation, then tap Finished at the bottom of the screen.
Find Someone on WhatsApp Step 5

Step 5. Tap a contact to chat with, call someone via WhatsApp or start a video call

  • You can't find someone who isn't already in your contacts.
  • You can add a contact if you know his or her phone number.

Method 2 of 2: On Android

Find Someone on WhatsApp Step 6

Step #1. Open WhatsApp app

Follow the instructions to register your phone number if you are not automatically logged in.

You cannot use WhatsApp to search for a contact that is not already in your contact list on your phone

Find Someone on WhatsApp Step 7

Step #2. Tap on CHATS

It's in the bar at the top of the screen.

Find Someone on WhatsApp Step 8

Step #3. Tap on the 'New Chat' button

That's the round, green text cloud in the bottom right corner of the screen.

All contacts who use WhatsApp are in the list that opens now

Find Someone on WhatsApp Step 9

Step #4. Search for a contact

You do this by typing the name of a contact in the search bar at the top of the screen.

  • If the contact is not on WhatsApp, scroll down and tap Invite friends to WhatsApp, now tap the way you want to send the invitation and the contacts you want to invite, then tap Finished at the bottom of the screen.
Find Someone on WhatsApp Step 10

Step 5. Tap a contact to chat with, call someone via WhatsApp or start a video call

  • You can't find someone who isn't already in your contacts.
  • You can add a contact if you know his or her phone number.

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