Adding contacts in WhatsApp


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Adding contacts in WhatsApp

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Before you use WhatsApp, it can be helpful to first create a contact list. This is like a phone book, with a list of all the people you might want to call using WhatsApp.

This activity will take you through the steps for creating your contact list.

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Shows a close up of a list of contacts in the WhatsApp app

The WhatsApp contact list

The WhatsApp contacts list is like a phone directory for WhatsApp. Everybody that you add to your list can be accessed from your devices that have WhatsApp installed, and called with the touch of a button.

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eSafety tip

It’s best not to accept or make WhatsApp calls to people you don’t know.

Adding people from your existing contacts list

WhatsApp can use the existing contacts in your phone to quickly create a contact list of people to call.

First, WhatsApp will ask permission to access the names and numbers of family and friends stored in your phone’s contact list.

If you agree, WhatsApp can search your contacts for people who have WhatsApp and create a list of them for you to call.

The WhatsApp request panel seeking permission to access  contacts
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eSafety tip

While allowing WhatsApp to access your existing contacts is convenient, you don’t have to agree to share your existing contacts lists to be able to use WhatsApp.

You can simply enter a person’s contact details manually when you need to catch up with them on WhatsApp.

An example of a new contact being created in WhatsApp

Adding new contacts

Even if someone is not in the contact list of your device, you can still add them in WhatsApp.

To do that:

  • tap on the New Message icon on the WhatsApp chat page
  • tap on the New Contact button at the top of the contacts list
  • enter the name and phone number of the person you want to contact.

WhatsApp will then confirm if they have WhatsApp installed.

A couple connecting over WhatsApp


You've completed the Adding contacts in WhatsApp activity.

You should now know how to create a WhatsApp contact list and add people to it.

In the next activity, Making a call with WhatsApp, we'll go through how to make a video call with WhatsApp.