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How to add people on WhatsApp

WhatsApp is home to billions of monthly active users, but how do you add people on the platform?

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Adding people on WhatsApp is one of the fundamentals of using the popular Meta-owned messaging app.

It’s one of the first steps to take when engaging someone for the first time on WhatsApp. And it’s super easy to master.

However, some users still do not know how to add people on WhatsApp. But don’t worry, we’ll break everything down for you.

In this article, you’ll learn more about adding people on WhatsApp, different ways to do it, and how to remove someone from your WhatsApp contacts.

Adding people on WhatsApp

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Although WhatsApp groups can accommodate up to 512 members, there’s no limit to how many people you can add to your WhatsApp contacts.

That said, you can add people on WhatsApp in two major ways: through your phone contacts or directly through WhatsApp.

Once you add people on WhatsApp, it becomes easier to search for them and your previous chats using WhatsApp’s built-in search tool.

Additionally, WhatsApp doesn’t allow you to delete a contact. However, you can block someone on WhatsApp and then delete their contact from your phonebook.

How to add people on WhatsApp via your phone contacts

To add people on WhatsApp via your phone contacts or address book:

  1. Open your phone contacts or call history if you’ve recently spoken with themrecent contact screen on iPhone

  2. Search for or scroll down to the contact in question arrow pointing to a contact in iphone contacts

  3. Tap on Add contact, New contact, or New. This may differ from phone to phonearrow pointing to create new contact in iPhone contacts

  4. Enter the contact’s name, phone number, and other details you’ll like to addarrow pointing to new contact section name, phone number

  5. Tap Save when done, and the saved contact should be automatically added to your WhatsApp contactsarrow pointing to done in new contact section of iPhone

  6. Now, go to WhatsApp and search for the newly added contact and you can start chatting searching for new contact in WhatsApp mobile

That’s how you add people from your contacts list, but if you want to do it directly from the WhatsApp platform, keep reading.

How to add people directly on WhatsApp

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If you prefer to add people directly on WhatsApp, we’ll walk you through that process below:

  1. You can ask them to chat with their WhatsApp number
  1. Once they do, open the message and tap on Add to Contacts under the “This sender is not in your contact list” box. You can also tap on the three dots button in the top-right corner.
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  1. Select either Create new contact or Add to existing contact
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  1. Enter their name and other contact information
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  1. Tap Save when done
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Alternatively:

  1. Open WhatsApp and tap on the New chat icon in the bottom-right corner. (iPhone click icon top right corner)
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  1. Tap on New contact
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  1. Enter the contact details and tap on Save
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That should cover the basics, but let’s dive into adding group members to your contacts list on WhatsApp.

To add another member of a mutual group as a contact

If you are in a group with someone and want to add them to your contacts, here’s what to know:

  1. Tap and hold a message from the person
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  1. Tap on the three dots button in the top-right corner. (iPhone: click the More…. tab )
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  1. Tap on Add to contacts
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  1. Click Create New Contact or Add to Existing Contact
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  1. Enter the person’s details and tap Save
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Easily add WhatsApp contacts whenever and wherever

Growing your WhatsApp contacts list can benefit your business or brand. It can potentially increase your reach and visibility. It can also just help you keep up with friends and family.

It can help you to use WhatsApp more creatively to create groups, broadcast messages, advertise your goods and services, call, chat, and interact with customers.

With the steps outlined above, you should have no difficulty adding people to your WhatsApp contacts.

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Joy Okumoko is a freelance technology writer who loves all things tech. She spends her spare time crocheting and working on her crafts.

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