How to Import Android Contacts to WhatsApp

Written By Tej Pratap Shukla
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Published On July 25th, 2022
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WhatsApp is a messaging app used by millions of people. Though it is a cross-platform application, the majority of the users are from Android. For them, one major problem is how to import Android contacts to WhatsApp. In this post, we will be telling you the ways to move Android address book into WhatsApp.

How to Add Android Phone Contacts to WhatsApp

Choose any of the following methods to Sync Android Contacts to Whatsapp.

Technique 1: Through WhatsApp Contacts

  1. Launch WhatsApp app on your Android phone. Tap on the green colored new message icon floating on the screen.
  2. Select Contact screen will appear from which, tap New Contact.
  3. Create a Contact screen will be there now. Add the name and contact number and click on the Save button. (For an international number, add the country code before their number).
  4. Now you have to return to the Select Contact screen and check if the newly added contact is there. If now, then click on the three-dot icon at the top right corner. Select Refresh and you will see your contact there.

Technique 2: Through Android Contacts

  1. Open Contacts App of your device and tap Add button.
  2. When Create Contact screen appears, add name and contacts before tapping Save.
  3. Open WhatsApp tap on the floating new Message icon to import Android Contacts to Whatsapp.
  4. On the next screen, look for your contact. If it is not there, tap on the three dot icon and choose Refresh. Now the contact should appear on your WhatsApp contact list.

Send WhatsApp Message Without Saving Contact

You can send the message to people on WhatsApp without saving their number. Here is how:

  1. Open the browser of your smartphone and save this link. Bookmark it:
  2. When you need to message someone on WhatsApp, open this link on your browser. Add the phone number at the end of the URL. Remember to add country code in every case and omit ZERO, +, or any other signs. If you want to contact any UK WhatsApp owner, and the phone number is 98765432, your final link will look like this:
  3. WhatsApp message screen will show up and tap on Message icon to write the message.

How to Remove Duplicate Contacts on WhatsApp

Having duplicate contacts on WhatsApp can be an annoying problem. This issue can occur due to accidental copying of contacts, SIM card change, and factory reset. If they are small in number, you can manually delete them by going to your Contacts app. Otherwise, you can perform duplicate contact removal using Gmail, if you have Gmail synced with your phone.

  • Open the Gmail account that you have synced with your Android phone.
  • Click on the Google menu icon on top right and select Contacts.
  • Click on More button on the Contacts tab and choose Find & Merge Duplicates… option to sync Android Contacts to Whatsapp.
  • Gmail will display the duplicated contacts. Click Merge to remove duplicate contacts.
  • WhatsApp contact list will get updated accordingly.

User Query: “Why are My Contacts not Showing in WhatsApp?”

Often users complain that some of their contacts are not showing in WhatsApp. In that case, they can try this solution to import contacts to WhatsApp:

  • Check if your friend uses WhatsApp.
  • Make sure that the WhatsApp number your friend uses is saved on your Android Phone.
  • Install the latest update of WhatsApp.
  • Make sure that all contacts of your Android phone are invisible/viewable mode. Then open WhatsApp contact list and Refresh. You should be able to find that contact in the list now.


Since many people do not know how to import Android contacts to WhatsApp, we have shared some easy methods to perform the contact migration. We have also added some extra tips for the benefit of the users.


By Tej Pratap Shukla

A versatile technocrat, always in the search for new and interesting areas related to technology. Works on multiple technical problems faced by users frequently. Provides the user-friendly solutions to deal with numerous technical issues.