How do I add contacts to WhatsApp?

WhatsApp can find which of your friends are using WhatsApp quickly and easily. WhatsApp reads your contacts' phone numbers from your phone's address book and automatically adds them to WhatsApp. Your contacts who have WhatsApp accounts will automatically appear in the Contacts list in WhatsApp.

If you would like to add a new contact to your Contacts list on WhatsApp, simply enter their name and number into your phone's address book, then refresh your Contacts list:

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Go to the Contacts tab > Menu Button > Refresh.

Alternatively, if someone who is not saved in your address book sends you an initial message in WhatsApp, you will have the option to save their contact information by tapping Not Spam. Add to Contacts.

When you are adding contacts who live in other countries, make sure that you enter their phone number in the full international format. The format is:

  • + [Country Code] [Full Phone Number].

  • Also be sure to omit any leading 0's from the phone number.
  • For a detailed explanation on how to add international contacts, you can read more here.

For instructions specific to your phone type, learn how to add a friend on: iPhone | BlackBerry | Nokia S40 | Nokia S60 | Windows Phone | BlackBerry 10.

WhatsApp Support Team