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How to send messages with WhatsApp for iOS

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Whatsapp Message Hero (Image credit: Luke Filipowicz / iMore)

WhatsApp can do more than just send messages — you can send emojis, photos, videos and much more to family and friends no matter where they are through your phone's data plan or a Wi-Fi connection. There are a couple of different ways to go about composing a message, so we'll cover that first.

How to send a new message in WhatsApp for iPhone

  1. Launch WhatsApp.
  2. Tap the Chats tab on the bottom of your screen.
  3. Tap the New Chat button. It's in the top right corner.

Launch WhatsApp, tap chats, and then tap the new chat button. (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap on the contact you want.
  2. Enter your message in the text field.
  3. Tap Send.

Tap on the contact you want to message, enter your message, and then tap send. (Image credit: iMore)

How to send a message to an existing conversation

Once you've started a conversation with a contact, your conversation will appear on the chats screen and you can easily message them at any time.

  1. Launch WhatsApp.
  2. Tap the Chats tab on the bottom of your screen.
  3. Tap the conversation you want. 4, Tap the text field.

Launch WhatsApp, tap chats, tap the conversation you want, and then tap the text field. (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Enter your message
  2. Tap send.

Enter your message and then tap send. (Image credit: iMore)

How to send a group message in WhatsApp for iPhone

Regardless if you have an iPhone or Android, everybody on WhatsApp can be added to a group chat making it easy to make plans and chat with everyone at once.

  1. Launch WhatsApp.
  2. Tap the Chats tab on the bottom of your screen.
  3. Tap the New Chat button. It's in the top right corner.

Launch WhatsApp, tap chats, and then tap the new chat button. (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap New Group.
  2. Tap the contacts you want to add to the group.
  3. Tap Next.

Tap new group, tap the contacts you want to add to the group, and then tap next. (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Enter a group subject.
  2. Tap the camera if you want to add a picture for the group. This is optional.
  3. Tap Create.

Enter a group subject, tap the camera if you want to add a picture, and then tap create. (Image credit: iMore)

Any Questions?

Let us know in the comments below!

Updated February 2020: Updated for the latest version of WhatsApp on iOS.

Luke Filipowicz
Luke Filipowicz

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 


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