WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging and video calling apps around. It has over 300 million active users worldwide, and that number is only growing. WhatsApp users love the app because it’s light, easy to use, and has so many fantastic features.
If you’ve decided to try it out, the first thing you need to do is find your friends on WhatsApp. Then you can add them and start chatting or making calls. This article will show you how to do it.
Where Are Your WhatsApp Contacts?
Once you’ve downloaded WhatsApp from the Play Store  or App Store , it’s natural to start familiarizing yourself with the app. Fortunately, WhatsApp has a clean and user-friendly interface, with no unnecessary clutter to distract you from the important stuff. And that’s chatting with or calling your friends.
Here are the steps you need to take to ensure you see your friends in your WhatsApp contacts list:
- Make sure you’ve saved your friends’ phone number in the phone’s address book first.
- Allow WhatsApp to have access to your phone contacts. Go to your phone’s Settings.
- Now launch WhatsApp and select the “Chats” tab.
- Now select the “New Chat” icon at the lower right corner of the screen.
You’ll be able to see all of your contacts that are also using WhatsApp. Remember, you can only reach a friend via WhatsApp if they’re using the app themselves. If you know for a fact that they’re not using WhatsApp, but you’d like to encourage them to do so, you can always invite them to download and join the chat.
Just scroll all the way down to the bottom of your WhatsApp contacts list to the “Invite friends” option. You can send the invitation by sending them an SMS, email, or another web-based texting app you’re both currently using.
How to Add WhatsApp Contacts?
Okay, you found your friends in WhatsApp, but what now? The next step is to add your friend to the list of chats and start sending messages, stickers, gifs, and pretty much anything else you can think of. When you tap on the “New Chat” icon and see the list of WhatsApp contacts, select the friend you want to talk to, and tap on their name or profile photo.
This action will open another window, which is the beginning of your conversation. The next step is the easiest, just say “Hi” or send them an emoji that coveys your mood perfectly. Or you can tap on the video call icon at the top of the screen and surprise them with a call.
How to Add International Numbers
WhatsApp is incredibly convenient for staying in touch with family and friends that live abroad. You should make sure that you always have the latest WhatsApp version and that your phone is connected to a stable Wi-Fi connection.
And you can make video calls all across the world. But if your friends are using international numbers, in order to find them in your contact list, you must add them properly to your phone. Here’s how you do it:
- Go to your phone’s contact and select “Add New Contact”.
- Make sure you add the plus symbol (+) when entering your friend’s number.
- Make sure you have the correct country code.
If you want to be able to use WhatsApp to talk to friends who are using international numbers, you must have both the plus sign and the country’s code, followed by your friend’s phone number. Only then will their profile appear in your WhatsApp contacts.
What If You Can’t See Your Friend’s Profile?
So, you’re confident that you’ve added the correct contact information, both for the US-based friends and international contacts. Only you see their name but none of the profile information like photo, status, and last seen time. And you’re probably wondering what’s going on. There are several reasons why this might be happening.
- The friend you’re trying to reach has their privacy settings turn to “Nobody”, which means no one can reach out to them first.
- They might have blocked your number.
- You’re experiencing connection issues and should try later.
- They may have just not set a profile photo yet.
- Their privacy settings are set to “My Contacts,” and they have yet to save you as theirs.
Another issue you might encounter is that you’ve added the contact correctly, but you realize by the profile picture that it’s not, in fact, your friend, but someone else. This probably means that the contact you’re adding has given up their phone number, and now someone else is using it instead. It’s not uncommon for providers to reuse numbers.
WhatsApp Makes Staying in Touch Easier
Even if you experience a few hiccups along the way when finding your friends on WhatsApp, the process is quite quick and straightforward overall. The pesky international codes and pluses might cause some confusion, but that’s simple enough to sort out.
All you need to remember is to put the phone number in your phone’s address book first. From there, it’s a breeze. And checking for new WhatsApp updates regularly always makes using it much smoother.
Have you had any trouble finding your friends in WhatsApp? What about adding international numbers? Let us know in the comments section below.