Add contacts in WhatsApp

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Add contacts in WhatsApp
Add contacts in WhatsApp
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This wikiHow teaches you how to add contacts in WhatsApp. While you cannot speak to contacts who do not have WhatsApp installed on their device, you can invite non-WhatsApp contacts to download the app.

Steps

Method 1 of 4: Add a contact on an iPhone

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Step 1. Open the WhatsApp app

This is the white phone icon on a green speech bubble.

If this is your first time opening WhatsApp on your phone, you need to set up WhatsApp first

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Step #2. Tap on Chats tab

It's at the bottom of the screen.

When WhatsApp opens a new conversation, tap the Back button at the top left of the screen

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Step #3. Tap on the box with a pen

It's at the top right of the screen.

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Step #4. Tap on New Contact

You will find this option at the top of the screen below the Search bar. That will open a screen for adding a new contact.

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Step 5. Enter the person's first name

You do this in the First name field at the top of the screen.

You can also add a last name in the field below

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Step 6. Tap on Add Phone

It's under the Work field. This will open a text field with 'Phone' written in it.

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Step 7. Enter your contact's phone number

If the number is from a different area, you may need to enter a country code (such as '1' for the US or '44' for the UK) before the default 10-digit number.

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Step 8. Tap Done

This is at the top right of the screen. This stores the person's number in your iPhone's Contacts app. If the contact uses WhatsApp, the contact will also be added to your WhatsApp contact list.

Method 2 of 4: Add a contact using an Android

Add a Contact on WhatsApp Step 9

Step #1. Open WhatsApp app

This is the white phone icon on a green speech bubble.

If this is your first time opening WhatsApp on your phone, you need to set up WhatsApp first

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Step #2. Tap on the speech bubble icon

You'll find this in the top right corner of the screen, to the left of the button .

  • When WhatsApp opens a conversation, first tap the at the top left of the screen.
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Step #3. Tap on the person icon with the plus sign

This is at the top right of the screen. This will take you to the screen for adding a contact.

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Step 4. Enter the person's name

You do this in the Name field at the top of the screen.

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Step 5. Tap on the Phone field

It's below the Business field.

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Step 6. Enter your contact's phone number

If the number is from a different area, you may need to enter a country code (such as '1' for the US or '44' for the UK) before the default 10-digit number.

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Step 7. Tap Done

This is at the top left of the screen. This stores your contact information in your Android's Contacts app. If the contact uses WhatsApp, the contact will also be added to your WhatsApp contact list.

Method 3 of 4: Invite a contact to WhatsApp using an iPhone

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Step 1. Open the WhatsApp app

It's the white phone icon on a green speech bubble.

If this is your first time opening WhatsApp on your phone, you need to set up WhatsApp first

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Step #2. Tap Settings

It's in the bottom right corner of the screen.

When WhatsApp opens a new conversation, tap the Back button in the top left corner of the screen

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Step #3. Scroll down and tap Tell a Friend

You will find this option at the bottom of the screen.

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Step #4. Tap on Message

It's right here in the middle of the pop-up window.

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Step 5. Tap on your contact's name

You may have to scroll down to find it.

  • All names that appear here are non-WhatsApp users of your iPhone's Contacts app.
  • You can use the search bar at the top of the screen to search for a specific contact.
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Step 6. Tap on Send 1 Invite

This is at the bottom right of the screen. This will open a New Message window with a link to WhatsApp.

  • However, if you've tapped more than one name, you'll see Send [Number] Invitations.
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Step 7. Tap on the send arrow

It's the green or blue icon on the right side of the text box near the bottom of the screen. This sends an invitation to the person (or people) you selected. If they download WhatsApp and sign up, it becomes possible to reach them via WhatsApp.

Method 4 of 4: Invite a contact to WhatsApp with an Android

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Step 1. Open the WhatsApp app

It's the white phone icon on a green speech bubble.

If this is your first time opening WhatsApp on your phone, you need to set up WhatsApp first

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Step #2. Tap on ⋮

It's at the top right of the screen.

  • When WhatsApp opens a conversation, first tap the at the top left of the screen.
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Step #3. Tap Settings

It's right here at the bottom of the drop down menu.

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Step #4. Tap on Contacts

You'll find this at the bottom of the page.

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Step 5. Tap on Invite a Friend

This is at the top of the page.

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Step 6. Tap on Messages

It's right here in the middle of the pop-up window.

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Step 7. Tap on your contact's name

You may have to scroll down to find it.

  • Any name that appears here belongs to non-WhatsApp users of your Android's Contacts app.
  • You can use the search bar at the top of the screen to find a specific contact.
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Step 8. Tap on Send 1 Invite

This is at the bottom right of the screen. This will open a Messages window with a link to WhatsApp.

  • However, if you tapped on more than one name, you will see Send [Number] Invitations.
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Step 9. Tap the Send button

This will send your invitation to the selected person (or people). When they download WhatsApp, they are automatically added to your WhatsApp contact list.

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