How do I add contacts in WhatsApp for iPhone ?

Its very simple. If you have your friends and family members’ numbers saved in your Contacts of your phone they will automatically come up in WhatsApp.


If you don’t see their name don’t worry we will get to adding contacts next.

Step 1: Give WhatsApp access to your contacts list

To enable WhatsApp to access your iPhone contact list you need to give it the required permission.


To do this you need to update the permission setting in the settings app on your iPhone.

To do this follow the following simple steps

  • Click on on Settings

  • Scroll down to your apps list and select WhatsApp

  • Here you will find the Contacts permission button

  • Toggle the button on to enable WhatsApp to access your iPhone contacts

You have now linked all your iPhone contacts to your WhatsApp contacts.


Now we will learn how to add new contacts (contacts not saved on your iPhone) to WhatsApp

Step 2: Add a New Contact in WhatsApp

Once you have installed WhatsApp you will see the green conversation icon on your iPhone as shown below.


Doing this will navigate you to the Chats tab after you have setup WhatsApp successfully on your iPhone

On the Chats tab click on the box with the pencil on the top right corner as shown below.


Here click on New Contact to start the process of adding a new contact to WhatsApp on your iPhone.

Your contact has now been successfully added to your WhatsApp contact list !!

Step 3: Adding Contact Information

On clicking the "New Contact" button you will be taken to the new contact page where you will have to provide contact information on the new contact you want to add to WhatsApp.

Type in the person's name into the fields labeled "First Name and "Last Name "


Input the contact number with which your contact's WhatsApp is linked to in the "Add phone" field


Once you are done adding information click on "Done" on the top right of the screen to save your contact.

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Step 4: Finding the New Contact in WhatsApp 

To message your new contact on WhatsApp for the first time you need to first navigate to the Chats tab located on the bottom right of the screen.


From here click on the pencil and page button to the top right of your screen followed by the "Search" button to the top of the screen.


In the search bar type the name of the contact you want to message.


You can also scroll through the list below and find your contact in the list.


Once you start chatting with your contact your chat will be saved on the Chats tab so you won't need to all of the above again.

Step 5: Messaging the New Contact

Once you have added and messaged your new contact for the first time the conversation moves to the Chat tab.

All your conversations are present in the Chats tab.


You can access your conversation by scrolling through the conversations list or by using the search functionality. 



You not only learnt how to add a new contact to WhatsApp but also how to find the contact in WhatsApp and message them!

You are one step closer to mastering WhatsApp and all its feature !!


To complete you WhatsApp master training feel free to download our e-book below!

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