WhatsApp is so popular around the world not just because it's free, but also because it's quite a robust messaging platform

WhatsApp can do more than just send messages — you can send emojis, photos, videos and much more to family and friend 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.

Sending messages from your Contacts screen with WhatsApp for iPhone

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen. It's the icon that looks like a green speech bubble with a white telephone inside.
  2. Tap the Contacts tab. You'll find it centered at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap the contact to whom you'd like to send a message. You can tell whether or not they have WhatsApp on their phone depending if they have a greeting under their name. For example, the default message is "Hey there! I am using WhatsApp", others may say something like "Available" or "I like chimichangas".

  4. Tap send message.

  5. Tap the text field and compose your message.
  6. Tap Send to send your message.

Sending messages from the Chats screen with WhatsApp for iPhone

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen. It's the icon that looks like a green speech bubble with a white telephone inside.
  2. Tap the Chats tab on the bottom menu.
  3. Tap the Compose message button in the top-right corner

  4. In the New Chat window, swipe to scroll through your list of contacts who have WhatsApp installed on their phone.

  5. Tap on a Contact to open the chat window.

    Alternatively, Choose the contact or contacts to whom you'd like to send a message. Anyone you've previously messaged through WhatsApp will appear here.

You can also compose a group chat by tapping New Group, but we'll be diving into that topic [further down in this guide](/link to group chats).

How to send a text message in WhatsApp for iPhone

Sending a text in WhatsApp is, unsurprisingly, just as easy as sending a text through Messages.

  1. Tap the text field in the chat window bring up the keyboard.
  2. Type your message.
  3. Tap Send to send the text.

How to send an emoji on WhatsApp for iPhone

Somethings are best said through emojis. For those times, you'll want to know how to add emojis to your WhatsApp messages.

  1. Tap the text field in the chat window to bring up the keyboard.
  2. Tap the Emoji icon near the bottom-left corner.
  3. Swipe through the emoji screens until you find the perfect emoji.

  4. Tap to add an emoji to the text field.

  5. Tap Send to send your message.

How to enable the Emoji keyboard

If you don't see the Emoji option on your keyboard, you might need to activate the Emoji keyboard first in your phone settings…

  1. From the Home screen. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Swipe up to scroll down and then tap on Keyboard.

  4. Tap Keyboards

  5. Tap Add New Keyboard
  6. Swipe up to scroll down to find the Emoji keyboard on the list.

  7. Tap Emojis to add the keyboard to your phone. It should be found between the Dutch and Estonian keyboards.