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How to Add a New Contact on Your WhatsApp

To use WhatsApp, you need to have contacts saved on your phone. If you save them correctly, they will automatically appear on your WhatsApp messenger. To get the most out of your WhatsApp for iPhone and Android, follow this guide on how to add a number to WhatsApp.

Adding a New Contact on WhatsApp

Hello everyone! Frankie here again to teach you another dirty little trick to help you master WhatsApp. Today it is about adding a new contact on WhatsApp.

Let’s start!

Adding a New Contact on Whatsapp for Android

Begin with saving the contact’s name and phone number in the address book of your Android phone.

Save it in the same format that you intend to use when calling that contact if it’s a local contact. For international numbers, be sure to use the international format of saving contacts. Start with a + (plus sign) and then enter the country code followed by the contact’s phone number.

E.g. +39 (Italy Code) 3398422638 (Full Phone Number). Be sure to remove any leading zeros found on the number when saving it.

Once you save the contact’s phone number, open your WhatsApp Android app and click on the Chat Tab. Proceed by clicking on the “New Chat” button new chat icon and then go to the “Menu button followed by the “Refresh button. The newly-saved contact should appear on the Chat Tab.

Adding a New Contact on Your Whatsapp for Android App

If it doesn’t appear there, go to the address book of your phone and verify if you enabled all contacts to be viewable or visible. Ensure that you give WhatsApp the permission to access your address book in your phone’s Settings app.

Adding a New Contact on Your Whatsapp for iPhone

WhatsApp easily and quickly recognizes your phone contacts that are currently using WhatsApp. To see which contacts are using WhatsApp on an iPhone, go the the Chat Tab and then select the “New Chat” icon .

If you want to add a new contact to WhatsApp, click on the Chat Tab and then select “New Contact.

Adding a New Contact on WhatsApp for iPhone

If you want to add a new foreign number as your contact on your iOS-powered phone, be sure to use the international format (+ [Country Code][Full Phone Number]) to save it.
If the foreign number begins with any zeros, be sure to omit them.

You can also save a contact’s full phone number in an international format if that contact sends you a vCard via WhatsApp.


Frankie’s Take:

Adding a contact in WhatsApp (both on Android and iPhone) will automatically add it to your device’s address book. The same is true if you add a contact to the device address book, it will automatically import to WhatsApp. Additionally deleting a contact from WhatsApp will remove it from your device address book and vice versa.

Adding a Phone Number for a Specific Country on WhatsApp

WhatsApp has special rules for certain countries when it comes to saving foreign phone numbers. If you have a friend or family member based in the UK with the phone number 07921555555, begin the number with a + (plus) sign when saving it. Be sure to omit the first zero too.

The saved number should appear this way: +7921555555.

All Argentina 🇦🇷 phone numbers must comprise of a 9 between the country code and the area code.

Ensure that you remove the prefix 15 when saving the number in its international format. Argentina’s country code is +54. The saved phone number needs to have 13 digits in total.

It should also appear in this format: +54 9 xxx xxx xxx.

When working with Mexican phone numbers 🇲🇽 that rely on the Nextel network, enter 1 after the country code (+52) when saving them. They should appear in this format: +52 1 xxx xxx xxx.

If you experience difficulties when trying to save a new number, don’t hesitate to email WhatsApp’s support team with your phone number and your contact’s phone number.

Remember to send the contact’s number in the same format that you saved it in your phone. You can use the same procedure when trying to figure out how to add international numbers to WhatsApp.


We have reached the end of this guide. I hope it served you well in solving your problem.

In short, I showed you how to add a new contact to WhatsApp using both an iPhone and an Android phone.

In both cases the procedure to follow is very simple and no IT skills are required.

If you have doubts or questions, please leave a comment on the post. I will be happy to help you by getting back to you as soon as possible.

Best regards,

PS – Have you ever tried calling with WhatsApp? It’s the best way to communicate with friends and family without spending money.

PS II – You can find other fantastic WhatsApp tips and tricks in this guide: 39 Secret WhatsApp Tricks You Should Know.

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I'm Frankie Caruso. I'm a professional amateur in that ugly business of social media, instant messaging apps and computer security. I help all those frustrated people who call themselves digital illiterates to understand something about this confusing digital world.

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