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How Do I Add A New Contact in WhatsApp

author Emily Watson
date Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Nowadays, WhatsApp is the most widely-used chat app around the world. To chat with more people, We often need to add new contacts in WhatsApp. It seems like a pretty simply action, but sometimes it stumped many users. For example, they may have questions about how to add an international number in WhatsApp or what to do when their contacts don't display in WhatsApp. If you are an Android user and also have doubt about adding contact in WhatsApp, this post is right for you.

(Also How to Add Contacts to WhatsApp from iPhone (opens new window))

How to Add New Contacts to WhatsApp?

You can either directly add a new contact in WhatsApp or add the contact to your phone's address book. With access to your phone's address book, WhatsApp can detect which of your contacts are using WhatsApp and display the contacts after you refresh the contact list.

1. To add a new contact directly,

Add Contacts in WhatsApp

Step 1. Open WhatsApp on your Samsung Galaxy/LG/HTC/Nexus/Huawei/Others;

Step 2. Tap "Chats" > "new chat" icon > "Create new contact";

Step 3. Type new contact's name, phone number, etc.;

Step 4. Tap "Save". The contact will be also saved to your address book;

Step 5. Return to WhatsApp and wait a second for WhatsApp to refresh the contact list.

Tip: Please make sure the contact is also using WhatsApp. Otherwise, the contact won't display in your WhatsApp.

2. To add a new contact to phone's address book,

Refresh WhatsApp Contacts

Step 1. Save contact's information (name, phone number) on phone's address phone;

Step 2. Open WhatsApp;

Step 3. Tap "Chats" > "new chat" icon > menu button > "Refresh".

How to Add Someone on WhatsApp From Another Country?

Adding someone from another country is lightly different from adding a local number on WhatsApp. To add an international phone number, you need to save the number in full international format to your address book. By international format, it means:

  • Starting with a plus icon +, then followed by country code, and finally the full phone number. For example, to save a United States number 123-4567 in area code 408 in international format, it will be: +14081234567. (1 is the country code).
  • If the phone number is started with 0's, the leading 0's should be omitted. For example, to add someone from United Kingdom with the phone number 07912345678, save the number in international format:+447981555555. (44 is the country code).

Tip: The country code for Mexican number is 52. However, you need to add a 1 between country code and the phone number.

Why Are My Contacts Not Showed on WhatsApp?

If you don't see the name of your contact but his/her number:

  • Make sure phone number in your phone's address book are saved in full international format with country code.

If you don't see the name of your contact but his/her number:

Delete WhatsApp Account

  1. Remove WhatsApp account. Open "Settings" > "Accounts" > "WhatsApp" > menu button > "Remove account";
  2. Then open WhatsApp and go to "Contacts" > menu button > "Refresh".
  3. If the above steps fail, make sure you have given WhatsApp all the permissions on "Settings" > "Apps" > "WhatsApp" > "Permissions" and make sure all permissions are turned on.

If you have added the contacts to your phone but can't see contacts on WhatsApp:

  1. Manually refresh WhatsApp contact list by tapping "Chats" > "new chat" icon > menu icon > "Refresh";
  2. Make sure you have allowed WhatsApp to access your phone's contacts: "Settings" > "Apps" > "WhatsApp" > "Permission";
  3. Make sure that all accounts and groups in your phone's address book are set to "visible" or "viewable";
  4. Allow WhatsApp to show all contacts: go to "WhatsApp" > menu button > "Settings" > "Contacts" > "Show all contacts".

Show All Contact in WhatsApp

I should assume that you have the contacts properly added to WhatsApp. If you accidentally delete important WhatsApp messages, you may recover WhatsApp messages (opens new window) with FonePaw Android Data Recovery (opens new window).