How to delete WhatsApp numbers (but not necessarily the whole contact)

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Feb 4, 2014 5:42:05 PM via Website

Because WhatsApp uses the phone numbers on your device to get your contact list, the only way to delete old phone numbers from WhatsApp is to delete the corresponding contact's phone number in your smartphone. But if it's still important to keep it there's a trick you can use. But first, the basics:

  • Just go to your phone's Contacts or People app (or whatever your OEM calls it).
  • Find the contact you want to delete the WhatsApp contact number for.
  • Edit the contact or modify contact (or whatever your OEM calls it).
  • Find the phone number you want removed from WhgatsApp and delete it (or delete the entire contact).
  • Back in WhatsApp, the contact you deleted the number for will be be gone (unless they have other phone numbers saved that WhatsApp is using). If you have an older version of WhatsApp you can go to Settings and Refresh Contacts.

If you simply want to delete a contact or specific number from WhatsApp but still need the phone number for reference, you can simply edit the contact on your phone and move their phone number to the Notes section of your Contacts app. WhatsApp will think they have been deleted and you can still grab their number whenever you need it - you'll just have to copy and paste into the dialer if you ever need to call.

Of course, you can also block a WhatsApp contact if that's necessary too!

— modified on Feb 4, 2014 5:45:05 PM

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Jan 13, 2016 10:07:29 AM via Website

You will have to delete it from the main contact list, or else just block them.

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May 31, 2016 6:37:49 AM via Website

U can do one thing if u don't want to delete whole contact .

1) delete the whatsapp link from contact as Kris said .
2 ) still if it's there , then move the contact into sim card or other email ID .
3) then costumise your contact list , remove that email ID or card from list of contact to be shown . and save it.
(In Samsung go to dialer app - setting -contact- costumise list - then deselect the my contact from email ID . ) then save .
4) after that go to whatsapp - setting - contact and delselct the show all contact option . (filter hidden contact )
Now your contact will not be displayed in whatsapp.
Number will be in directory whenever u select the Google ID .