For the best experience, we recommend allowing WhatsApp to access your contacts.
If WhatsApp is grayed out or doesn't appear in privacy settings, ensure you don't have any restrictions set in iPhone Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions. Otherwise, you might need to restore your phone. Please visit the Apple Support website for more information on how to back up and restore your information.
If you deny WhatsApp access to your phone's contacts, you'll still be able to:
You won't be able to:
If you're unable to see some of your contacts on WhatsApp, try the following:
For international contacts:
If you're using iOS version 11.3 or above, and the missing contacts are stored in an Exchange account, your account administrator might not be allowing WhatsApp or other apps to access your contacts. You can resolve this by: