How to add or find contacts

You can quickly and easily identify which of your contacts use WhatsApp by accessing your phone's address book.
  1. Open WhatsApp and go to the Chats tab.
  2. Tap the New chat icon.
Alternatively, tap the You tab and select Contacts.
If you can't see your contacts, check the following:
  • Your contacts are using WhatsApp.
  • You’ve saved your contacts' phone numbers in your phone's address book. If they’re using a foreign phone number, use the full international format.
  • You’ve allowed WhatsApp to access your phone's contacts in your phone's Settings app.
If you’d like to chat to someone you don’t have saved as a contact:
  1. Tap the Chats tab > New chat icon.
  2. Tap the Search icon and add the phone number in the Search name or number field.
  3. If the phone number is already using WhatsApp:
    • Tap Chat to begin chatting. Note: To add this person as a contact, tap New Contact and fill in their details.
  4. If the phone number doesn’t use WhatsApp, tap Share Invite Link to invite the phone number to chat on WhatsApp.
Note: Creating, syncing and finding new contacts is only available on your primary phone.
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