How to message a WhatsApp number without adding it as a contact

WhatsApp is, hands-down, the most popular messaging platform in the world. With over two billion monthly users, there’s a good chance that any person you might want to reach out to is available on the service. However, despite its popularity, the service lacks one key feature — the ability to message a number without adding them as a contact in your phonebook.

Every so often you might want to reach out to a business or service contact for a one-time chat but adding the number to your phonebook could mean needless clutter. Let’s take a look at a few ways to initiate a WhatsApp chat without adding a phone number as a contact.


WhatsApp’s short links can be used to launch a WhatsApp chat conversation without saving a contact. The same short links API is also used by apps like WhatsDirect or Click to chat to seamlessly launch a new chat. On an iPhone, it’s possible to create a shortcut that uses the API to initiate a chat.


Launch a chat from the browser using WhatsApp short links

At first glance, it might appear that WhatsApp provides no way at all to initiate a chat without saving a number. However, the service does, in fact, have the functionality baked in. Presumably designed for integration in websites and apps, WhatsApp’s click to chat feature uses shortcut links to initiate a chat with any active WhatsApp account.

To make use of the function, simply head over to your browser and type out the address  The phone number field should include the country and region code as well, but no modifiers like + or – or 00. For example, if you’re in India, the syntax would be

Tap enter and WhatsApp will point you to a website with a green message button. Tapping this button will drop you into the chat.

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