Being primarily a messaging app, learning how to manage your contacts in WhatsApp is essential in order to get the best experience possible. The interesting thing with WhatsApp is how integrates directly with your iPhone's contact list — it means all your contacts are at your fingertips right away, no importing or searching for friends is needed. However, any editing you do to your contacts in WhatsApp will affect the contact outside of the app — and vice versa.

How to add a contact in WhatsApp for iPhone

Before you can connect with someone in WhatsApp you must have them as a contact. Something you need to understand - and i really can't stress this enough - your contacts for WhatsApp is tied to your iPhone contacts directly. Anybody you have in your contact list who has the app installed will already show up in your WhatsApp contacts. If you need to add a brand new contact It's very easy to do and is practically the exact same process as adding a contact to your iPhone.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Contacts tab. It's the middle tab which looks like a head-shaped icon at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Tap on the Add button. It's the + in the top right corner of your screen.

    Launch WhatsApp, tap on the contacts tab, and the tap the add button.

  4. Tap on the First Name text field.
  5. Enter the contact's name. You can type anything you want here for your contact's name, including embarrassing nicknames.

    Tap on first name text field and enter the contacts name. Tap on the add phone button and enter the ten-digit number.

  6. Tap on the add phone button. This will bring up a number pad.
  7. Type the contact's ten-digit phone number. You will need to include the number's international code and area code (e.g. 1 (555) 867-5309); spaces, dashes, and parentheses will be added automatically
  8. Tap on the Done button. It's in the top right corner of your screen.

How to invite someone to use WhatsApp for iPhone

If you already have someone as a contact on your iPhone, but they don't have WhatsApp installed, you can always bug them to join you on the chat service. WhatsApp has a streamlined process to invite someone to download and install the app by sending them a link via old-fashioned text messaging.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Contacts tab. It's the middle tab which looks like a head-shaped icon at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Scroll through your contacts and tap on the name of the person you would like to invite.

    Launch WhatsApp, tap on the contacts tap, and scroll through your contacts to find the contact you are trying to invite.

  4. Tap the Invite to WhatsApp button. This will take you to your iPhone's Messages app, and precompose a message for you to send to your friend.
  5. Tap on the Send button.

    Tap on Invite to WhatsApp button and then tap on the send button.

You have now sent a link to your friend which will allow them to download and install WhatsApp. Once they have done so, you will be able to contact them in WhatsApp.

How to block a contact in WhatsApp for iPhone

Blocking on contact in WhatsApp is a good way of dealing with people who keep pestering you. We all like cute kitten pictures, but if your friend doesn't stop sending them and you think you just might snap maybe it's good to take a break from contacting that friend. There is two ways to block a contact on WhatsApp we will go through both of them.

How to block a contact from the contacts tab

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Contacts tab. It's the middle tab which looks like a head-shaped icon at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Scroll through your contacts and tap on the name of the person you would like to invite.

    Launch WhatsApp, tap on the contacts tab, scroll through your contacts and tap on the name of the person you want to block.

  4. Tap on the Block This Contact button.
  5. Tap on the Block button in the confirmation dialog.

    Tap on the contact name, tap block this contact, and then tap on block.

This will stop the person from messaging or calling you in WhatsApp. It's important to note that this will not stop them from making regular calls or texts to you.

How to delete a contact in WhatsApp for iPhone

If you're like us, sometimes your contact list gets clogged up with people you no longer talk to. Deleting contacts is a great way to clean up that list so it's easier to find the people you really want to talk to. It's important to note that this will also completely delete the contact from your iPhone, not just WhatsApp, so be sure it's what you want — there is no turning back!

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Contacts tab. It's the middle tab which looks like a head-shaped icon at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Scroll through your contacts and tap on the name of the person you would like to delete.
  4. Tap on the Edit button. It's in the top right corner of your screen.

    Launch WhatsApp, tap on the contacts tab, scroll through the list of names and tap on the contact you want to delete, and then hit the edit button.

  5. Swipe up to scroll all the way down to the bottom.
  6. Tap on the Delete Contact button. A confirmation dialog will appear at the bottom of the screen.
  7. Tap on the Delete Contact button.

    Swipe up to scroll all the way down to the bottom, tap on delete contact button, and then tap on the delete contact button.

Now that contact will be completely gone from your iPhone.

How to use Favorites in WhatsApp for iPhone

While WhatsApp does have the option to make contacts favorites, the feature appears to be in desperate need of an update. Currently the Favorites tap (located in the bottom left corner) displays all of your WhatsApp contacts, but if you remove a contact from your favorites and refresh the list or reload WhatsApp, that contact will reappear. While Favorites does provide you with quick access to just your WhatsApp contacts, we can't recommend you waste any time trying to manage who shows up in that list. If and when the WhatsApp app is updated to fix this behavior, we will update this how-to.