Why is it so difficult to add someone to your WhatsApp account? Part of the reason is that WhatsApp pulls information from your phone by default, and sometimes it can’t find what it wants. Especially if you’re not using the default contacts feature. Here’s how to add a new contact to your WhatsApp app.
Adding a contact using your phone’s contact list
When you start with WhatsApp, they ask if they can use your phone contact list. If you press “Yes”, they can take your contact list and add it to WhatsApp. Contacts may not appear as usable members in WhatsApp right away, but you’ll be able to add them quite easily.
Tap on the “Contacts” icon and press the small orange button usually located at the bottom right of the screen.
Select the location where you want to save the number, either on your SIM card, your phone or on Google.
To note: You’d probably be better off saving it to your phone or SIM card.
Now you need to add the number and name of the new contact. If you’re adding a phone number of someone who lives in your country, add that number as usual. If it is a foreign phone number, you will need to add the country code. It’s a bit like this:
+ [Country Code] [Full Phone Number].
Omit any first 0 from the phone number itself.
Go back to your WhatsApp and open the “Chats” tab. Tap the ‘New chat’ icon, then the ‘More options’ tab, then the ‘Refresh’ button.
Add contact on using your whatsapp
For some people, the methods listed above will not work. There are a number of reasons for this. Maybe you don’t want WhatsApp to use your contact list, or maybe your phone book is a phone book that WhatsApp can’t read, and so on.
If so, you can add your contacts manually in your WhatsApp app. Open your WhatsApp. Near the bottom, you’ll see a small circle with a weird icon that looks like a talking bubble with lined stationery inside.
Tap that button, then the “New Contact” tab that appears. This will take you to the phone book/contact list that WhatsApp can access. Enter the number and name of your new contact, then save.
Some contacts still not appearing
Go to your phone’s default address book and go to its settings. On this screen, it will say something similar to “Contacts to display”. Tap on this option and some of your contacts may be hidden. Your hidden contacts are those that may not appear in your WhatsApp contacts.
If you try to add a contact through the desktop version of WhatsApp, you might be out of luck because it’s just a webcast of what you’re running on your phone. At most, you may only be able to add a new group on the desktop version.
How to create WhatsApp groups
A WhatsApp group allows many different members to view and participate in a WhatsApp chat on a single screen. It’s a premise similar to the types of chat rooms that were popular in the late 90s. Here’s how to create a WhatsApp group:
- Start by tapping on the “Chats” tab in WhatsApp.
- Look for the feature that says “More options” and tap the icon that displays three dots in a vertical line. This icon is what you tap to locate the “New Group”
- You can also tap the chat icon, which is the odd-looking icon in the lower right corner of the screen. It’s the same icon you used to add a contact earlier. Then tap on “New group”.
- Select the contacts you want to include in your group. They can be invited in several ways, but most people add them to their own contact list, which is automatically added to the group.
You can now enter the group subject, which is the name of your group, and the subject line. This will become your group description. It is also important that you add a group picture, which will become your group icon. Make sure to pick something that people can easily tell apart from their other contacts. Also, groups without images are just plain boring. They appear with a generic icon which is not striking. It can be particularly irritating and confusing when there is more than one group without an icon. Additionally, you want people to form some sort of attachment and bond with your group so that they become more active members.
If your contacts are not showing up in WhatsApp, try adding them manually through the WhatsApp app. This is the only real foolproof way to add contacts in a way that allows the app to use them. If all else fails, you can always ask the other person to add you in their WhatsApp and then message you. This will automatically add that person to your account, unless that person has been blocked, in which case you may want to check your archived conversations to see if that person is blocked there.
Are you still having problems with your WhatsApp? Having trouble adding contacts? Why not share your experiences in the comments section below?