Add Someone from Another Country on WhatsApp on Android

This article teaches you how to add a WhatsApp contact with an international phone number to an Android phone or tablet.

Steps

Using WhatsApp

  1. Open WhatsApp. It’s the green icon with a white phone and chat bubble. You’ll find it either on your home screen or in the app drawer.
  2. Tap the new chat icon. It’s the green circle with a white chat message at the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap the new contact icon. It’s the plus (+) next to the silhouette of a person’s head and shoulders. You’ll find it at the top of the screen.
  4. Select a storage location. This is where WhatsApp will save your new contact. You can choose to save it to your device’s internal storage or your SIM card.
  5. Type a name for the contact.
  6. Enter the contact’s international phone number. Start by typing the “+” symbol, followed by the country code (e.g. 44 for UK).
    • For example, a UK phone number would look something like this: +447981555555.
  7. Tap Done. It’s at the top-left corner of the screen.
  8. Tap the back button until you’ve returned to the new chat.
  9. Tap . It’s at the top-right corner of the screen.
  10. Tap Refresh. Your contact is now added, and your contact list is up to date.

Using Your Address Book

  1. Open your Android’s Contacts. It’s usually a blue icon with a white outline of a person’s head. You’ll find it in the app drawer.
  2. Tap the new contact icon. It’s at the bottom-right corner of the screen. Look for a gray silhouette of a person’s head with a plus (+) symbol.
  3. Select a storage location. This is where WhatsApp will save your new contact. You can choose to save it to your device’s internal storage or your SIM card.
  4. Type a name for the contact.
  5. Enter the contact’s international phone number. Start by typing the “+” symbol, followed by the country code (e.g. 44 for UK).
    • For example, a UK phone number would look something like this: +447981555555.
  6. Tap Done. It’s at the top-left corner of the screen. Your contact is now added to your Android’s phone book, which means you can now chat with them in WhatsApp.
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