Getting your WhatsApp account set up and ready-to-go.

Like most messaging apps, you have to create an account and set up an profile in order to interact with your contacts. Your profile also offers you a few customization options to make your account unique. So let's get started.

How to create a WhatsApp account on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen.
  2. Choose if you want to receive notifications. You can change this option later at any time.
    • Tap OK if you want to receive notifications.
    • Tap Don't Allow if you do not want to receive notifications.
  3. Tap on the name of the country in the blue text if you need to change your country. If you don't need to change your country skip to step 6.

  4. Swipe up or down to scroll through the list and find your country.

  5. Tap on your country.
  6. Type in your number using the number pad on the screen.
  7. Tap on the Done button. It's at the top right corner of your screen.

Your account is now created, but before you can start chatting with people you will nee to do a couple of other things.

How to restore your chat history with WhatsApp for iPhone

If you have any chat history stored on iCloud you have the option to restore it or not. If this is your first time using WhatsApp and have nothing to restore you can skip ahead.

How to restore your WhatsApp chat history using iCloud on your iPhone

  1. Tap on the Restore Chat History button.
  2. When you see the Chat History Restored then tap the Done
  3. Tap on the Continue button.

If you don't see the Restore Chat History button on your screen, you may have your iCloud turned off. In that case you will need to turn on iCloud before you can restore any backed up data.

How to turn on iCloud and restore your chat history with WhatsApp for iPhone

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Swipe up to scroll down the menu until you see iCloud.
  3. Tap on the iCloud button.

  4. Tap on iCloud Drive button.

  5. Tap on the On/Off button. Now iCloud is active.
  6. Tap on your homebutton. This will return you to your home screen.

  7. Launch WhatsApp.

  8. Tap on the Restore Chat History button.
  9. When you see the Chat History Restored then tap the Done
  10. Tap on the Continue button.

If you don't want to restore any data or you are creating a brand new account and don't have any data to restore there is just a few simple steps to bypass the process.

How to skip restoring your chat history with WhatsApp for iPhone

  1. Tap the Next button.
  2. Tap on the Don't Restore button.
  3. Tap on the Continue button.

After you're through the restoring process you can start getting funky with your profile.

How to create your personal profile in WhatsApp for iPhone

WhatsApp has two ways to create your profile. You can use Facebook — also known as the lazy way — or manually enter the necessary information.

How to use Facebook to create a profile with WhatsApp for iPhone

  1. Tap on the Use Your Facebook Info button.
  2. Tap on the OK button. This gives WhatsApp permission to access your Facebook profile. Your Facebook profile photo and your Facebook name will be used for your WhatsApp Profile
  3. Tap on the Done button.

How to manually create a profile with WhatsApp for iPhone

  1. Tap the add photo button.
  2. You can choose to either take a photo to use or choose a photo you have already taken. Just tap on whichever option you would like to use to select your photo.
  3. Tap on the name field. This will bring up your keyboard.

  4. Type whatever name you want to use into the field.
  5. Tap the Done button. It's the the top right corner.

You now have a WhatsApp account and can start connecting with friends. You will notice that all of your iPhone contacts with WhatsApp installed will automatically be added to your favourites list. You can always learn more about managing WhatsApp contacts whenever you want to.

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