How to add a contact to WhatsApp

add whatsapp contact

It is one of the basic functions of this and any other instant messaging application, so it is essential to know it if we want to make the most of it: to be able to communicate with someone, we first need to enter their contact on our list. That is what we are going to explain here: how to add a contact to whatsapp

There is no single way to do it. A very common way is register the contact in question in the address book, since the application can read the contacts that we save there; Another way is to add it directly from the app itself. Let's see how it is done in each case, in addition to some other trick:

From the contact list

add whatsapp contact

When we receive a call from a number that is not on our list, we have the opportunity to add it to it. In this way, WhatsApp will automatically detect it and add it to its own contact list. The steps to do this are well known, as we have all followed them from time to time:

  1. First we press the phone icon on our smartphone.
  2. On the dial screen, we go to the options at the bottom of the screen and select "Recent".
  3. In the list, we select the number that we want to add to the list.
  4. Finally, we choose the option “Add to contacts”, where we have two new options:
    • Create new contact (by giving it a name).
    • Update existing contact.

After carrying out this operation, the new contact will be added to the telephone contact list and, therefore, also to the WhatsApp contact list.

Add a contact in WhatsApp directly

Within this option there are two ways to add a contact to WhatsApp: from a conversation or from a group.

From a one-on-one chat

add new contact

We explain step by step how to do it: The first thing is to enter WhatsApp and go to the "Chats". There all our conversations appear ordered from most recent to oldest. At the bottom of the screen, on the right, there is a small green icon to start a new chat. That is the one we must press.

By doing so, we will access the contact menu, where we normally look for the contact with whom we want to establish a conversation. If that contact is not on our list, we must go to the option that appears at the top of the screen: New contact.

In this way, we will land on a new screen where we will be able to add the new contact within the application, entering their name and telephone number (essential), as well as other optional information.

Once we have completed this "file", the new contact will be permanently recorded on our list so that we can start a conversation with him whenever we want.

From a WhatsApp group

Many times we are part of WhatsApp groups (work colleagues, parents from school, groups created for celebrations, etc.) together with many other users who are not among our contacts. If we want to add them to our list, we can do it directly from the group. This is how to proceed:

  • In the group chat, we go to one of the contact's messages that we have not saved and click on it for a few seconds.
  • In the menu that opens, click on the icon A.Mmore options».
  • Next we select «Add to contacts» and we choose between one of these two options:
    • Create new contact.
    • Add to existing contact.

Send WhatsApp messages without contact

Once we know what to do to add a contact to WhatsApp, it's time to clarify one thing: we don't need to do that to send a message to a number that is not on our contact list. This can be useful if all we want to do is send a message in a timely manner, saving us from the previously explained process. There is a trick to do it.

Before tackling how to do this, there are two points to keep in mind:

  • If we use this trick to start a conversation with a person who does not have our number, it is very possible that your profile offers us a limited vision (Privacy options allow you to hide your profile photo, last connection time, and other information)
  • On the other hand, the recipient of our message will always have the option to block our message or to add our number to your contact list.

Clarified this, let's see how the trick is. We simply have to go to the web browser of our mobile and write the following in the address bar:*************

Obviously, you have to replace the asterisks with the digits of the telephone number we wish to call, including the international prefix without separations or other symbols. In the case of Spain, you would have to write 34 and then, without spaces, the nine numbers of the recipient's mobile.

Then the chat window will open directly. Sometimes a previous window opens in which we must click on the button "Send Message".

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