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WhatsApp adds contact suggestions support for iOS 13 share sheet

Share Sheet iOS 13
Share Sheet iOS 13 (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • WhatsApp has updated its iOS app today.
  • The update brings contact suggestions to the share sheet.
  • Users can now quickly share content from another app to a friend on WhatsApp.

When Apple released iOS 13, it finally got rid of the enormous section of the share sheet that was completely occupied by AirDrop and replaced it with contact suggestions. The new section lets you quickly share something with someone you communicate frequently in the app that you tend to connect with them.

"When you share a photo or document, your iPhone suggests who you might want to share it with and which app you may want to use, so you can quickly share with just a tap."

Now, it appears that you'll now be able to share things a lot quicker with your friends on WhatsApp. In an update to its iOS app today, the company announced that it would now be supporting contact suggestions in the share sheet on iOS 13.

"On iOS 13, your WhatsApp contacts will now appear as suggestions in the share sheet when you share content from another app."

Now, if you find something you'd like to share with one of your friends in WhatsApp, you'll see them as an option when you tap the share icon and bring up the share sheet.

When Apple first launched its sharing suggestions feature with iOS 13, it was mostly limited to the built-in apps on iOS like Messages and Mail. However, developers have been adding support over time so that users can quickly share with not only those who they want to contact but in the app they normally use to stay in touch.

In order to get the new feature, you'll need to update the WhatsApp iOS app on the App Store (opens in new tab).

Joe Wituschek
Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.