How to Sync Your iPhone Contacts With Whatsapp

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, allowing you to exchange texts, videos, pictures, and voice messages with your contacts. Since WhatsApp allows you to sync iPhone contacts with the app, it is easy to find all your contacts who use the app within the platform.

The syncing process is done automatically, assuming you have allowed WhatsApp to access your iPhone’s contacts. If not, enabling access is easy. Below, we will show you how to sync your iPhone contacts with WhatsApp easily.

Update WhatsApp

First and foremost, before using another method, you should check if your iPhone is using the latest version of WhatsApp. If not, update it by following these steps:

  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone.
  2. Navigate to the Updates tab.
  3. Check if WhatsApp needs an update.
  4. If an update is available, tap on the “Update” button to install the latest version of the app.

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Grant Permission to Access iPhone Contacts

To give WhatsApp access to your iPhone contacts, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your iPhone settings.
  2. Go to the “Contacts” tab.
  3. Tap on “Contacts”.
  4. Check to confirm whether or not WhatsApp is set to “ON”. If not, turn it on.

Now, open WhatsApp and you should have all your iPhone contacts automatically synced.

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Manually Add Contacts to WhatsApp on iOS

If you don’t want to change the privacy settings, you can manually add contacts on WhatsApp by following these instructions:

  1. Open the WhatsApp app on your iPhone.
  2. Go to the “Contacts” tab.
  3. Click on the “+” button.
  4. Manually enter the number of the contact you want to add, including detailed information about your contact. If you enter a foreign country number, make sure to include the STD code of that country as well.

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This process may be slightly painstaking and time-consuming as you have to manually enter every number and contact detail into WhatsApp, but it keeps WhatsApp separate from your contact book.

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Updated on 24 Oct 2023.

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