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How to Add Contacts to WhatsApp on iOS and Android Smartphone

Can someone tell me how to add new contacts to WhatsApp on iPhone? You know that messages in WhatsApp are totally free as long as there is a Wi-Fi connection. I want to put some new contacts to it so that I can use WhatsApp Group Chat conveniently. - Lily
Add WhatsApp Contacts to iOS and Android Device

As an efficient and excellent app for communication, WhatsApp brings great convenience for you to keep in touch with your family members and friends. With that, you are allowed to share awesome videos and send unlimited messages through Internet for free. Once you have successfully registered, your contacts will be automatically synced. But here comes a question, how can we add new contacts to WhatsApp? In this article, we will show you how to put new contacts to WhatsApp on iPhone and Android device.

Part 1. Common steps to add a contact on WhatsApp

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Method 1:

Actually, you can directly add a new contact to "Contacts" app from your iPhone/Android phone when you want to put a new contact to WhatsApp.

Steps: Go to "Contacts" app on iPhone/Anodroid > enter the name and phone number > launch WhatsApp> tap the tab"Contacts" > refresh the contacts list. And then the new contact you add to the phone address book will show in WhatsApp.

Method 2:

If you want to add the stranger who you are communicating with on WhatsApp, you can directly add a new contact on the program.

Steps: Launch WhatsApp > tap "Contacts" > tap the button of "Add a contact" on upper-right of the interface > enter contact name, phone number, and so on > Click "OK".

Tips: When adding new number or international contact to WhatsApp, you need to follow the standard format: "+" [Country Code] [Phone Number]. Kindly note that there should be no initial number "0" appearing.

Part 2. How to add contacts to WhatsApp on iPhone/iPad

Refresh iPhone WhatsApp Favorites

Method 1:

Generally, your contacts of iPhone/iPad address book will be automatically synced to WhatsApp contacts list. If not, you need to manually active the feature.

Steps: Go to your iPhone, click "Settings" > "Privacy" > "Contacts" > slide the bar of WhatsApp to "ON". Then launch WhatsApp, tap "Favorites" on the bottom-left side > scroll the iPhone screen from top to bottom to refresh the "Favorites". Tap WhatsApp "Contacts", then you will find the contacts from the iPhone address book will be synced to WhatsApp.

Method 2:

Add New Contacts to WhatsApp Favorites

You can add a fresh contact to WhatsApp. Launch WhatsApp > tap the button of "+" on the top-right side > enter the contact name, phone number and other information > click "Done". You may be confused why the contact you add is not in the WhatsApp contacts list. Don't worry, tap "Favorites" and refresh the list, you will find the contact you add will show up in the bottom. Click it, and you can edit the information, invite him or her to WhatsApp or block the contact.

Method 3:

Add New Contacts to iPhone WhatsApp

This method applies to the situation when you have a new WhatsApp message, and the sender of it is not in your WhatsApp contacts list.

Steps: Navigate to the message you receive > Click "Add to Contacts" or "Not Spam. Add to Contacts" > then you will be prompted to another interface, choose "Create New Contact" to or "Add to Existing Contact" > add supplementary contact information > tap "Done". Then the new contact will show in the bottom of "Favorites".

Part 3. How to add WhatsApp contacts on Android phone/tablet

Add Android WhatsApp Contacts

You can add contacts to WhatsApp on Andorid devices of Samsung, Blackberry, Sony, HTC and so on. When you've successfully installed WhatsApp on Android phone/tablet, you'll find the contacts of the phone address book will directly synced to WhatsApp contacts. If not, refresh WhatsApp contacts.

Steps :Launch WhatsApp > tap "Contacts" > tap the Menu button > tab "Refresh".

Part 4. Fix it when there is no WhatsApp contact or chat history displaying

iPhone WhatsApp Problems

For iPhone:

If WhatsApp display no contact on iPhone/iPad, check the settings to enable the access to WhatsApp. Go to your iPhone, click "Settings" > "Privacy" > "Contacts" > slide the bar of WhatsApp to "ON". If not, update the software to the latest version from App store on iPhone/iPad. If you accidently delete WhatsApp chat history or attachments, you can try a reputable iOS data recovery tool, iPhone Data Recovery to help you recover lost contacts on iPhone. With that, you can handily recover WhatsApp data like messages, images, videos from iOS device, iTunes backup files and iCloud back up file.

For Android:

Android WhatsApp Problems

If you find a particular friends or acquaintance is not added to WhatsApp contacts list, maybe you should do the following according to your need:

1. Update WhatsApp to the latest version from Google Play or other app store.

2. Check whether the contact exists or not in your phone address book.

3. Maybe the format you save the contact in WhatsApp is not quite right. Modify it to the standard format as "+" [Country Code] [Phone Number].

4. Go to the tab of "Contacts" of WhatsApp, and then tap "Menu" button> click "Contacts" > tick the box of "Show all contacts".

5. In your Android address book, make sure that all contacts accounts (e.g. Google, SIM) or all contacts group (e.g. Friends, Family) are "visible" or "viewable".

Additionally, if you lose some important contacts from WhatsApp or other apps on Android, then visit this post: recover deleted contacts on Android.

Part 5. FAQs of Adding Contacts to WhatsApp

How do I add someone on WhatsApp from another country?

You should open your phone's address book, enter a plus sign and the country code, and then followed by the full number. For example, if the contact you want to add on WhatsApp is from United States (country code 1 and the area code 408) with the phone number XXXXXXX, then you should enter +1 408 XXX XXXX on WhatsApp to add the contact from another country.

How to add contact to WhatsApp group without admin?

In the latest WhatsApp, the admin can generate a group invite link. Even if you are not the admin, you could share the group link to other contacts, and invite them into the WhatsApp group.

How to add contact to WhatsApp chat?

You must be the group admin to add contacts to WhatsApp chat firstly. Open WhatsApp group chat, tap the group subject, tap Add participants to add the contact, and finally hit the green check mark when you completed.

How to add multiple contacts in WhatsApp group at once?

You should generate an invite link to your group, and then send the link to multiple contacts (at the maximum of 256) by WhatsApp, email, Facebook, etc., then go to the WhatsApp group, and add the contacts and click on Invite go group via link. Then you can add the many contacts in WhatsApp at once.

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March 13, 2020 09:50 / Updated by to iOS Tips

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