How do I add a contact?

WhatsApp quickly and easily recognizes which of your contacts are using WhatsApp by accessing your phone's address book.

Adding a new contact

  1. Save a contact's name and phone number in your phone's address book.
    • If it's a local number: Save the number in the same format you would use if you were to call that contact.
    • If it's a foreign number: Save the number in full international format:
      • + [Country Code] [Full Phone Number].
      • Omit any leading 0's from the phone number.
  2. Open WhatsApp and go to the Chats tab.
  3. Tap the new chat icon > Menu Button > Refresh.

If you can't see your contacts:

  • Make sure you have allowed WhatsApp to access your phone's contacts in your phone's Settings app.
  • In your phone's address book, make sure that all accounts and groups are set to "visible" or "viewable".
  • Choose to show all your contacts, not just the hidden ones by opening WhatsApp > Menu Button > Settings > Contacts > Show all contacts.

Learn how to add a contact on: iPhone | Windows Phone | Nokia S40 | BlackBerry | Nokia S60 | BlackBerry 10

WhatsApp Support Team