Why are my contacts not showing in WhatsApp? (How to fix)

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Apr 8, 2014 4:27:28 PM via Website

Why are my contacts not showing in WhatsApp? (How to fix)

If your contact does not appear in the Select contact list, please try the following steps:

1. Make sure that you have your friend's phone number in your address book.
2. Make sure that your friend is using WhatsApp Messenger.
3. Make sure that you have the latest version of WhatsApp. If not, you can download the latest version of WhatsApp.
4. In your Android phone book, make sure that all contact accounts (i.e. SIM, Google, Phone) & contact groups (i.e. Friends, Family) are "visible" or "viewable".
5. It is recommended that you make your contacts "not visible" & then "visible" to force a refresh. After doing this launch WhatsApp -> Menu Button -> Refresh.

Alternatively, you can use all your contacts, not just the "visible" ones. To do this go to Menu Button > Settings > Contacts > Show all contacts.

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Aug 10, 2014 1:59:37 AM via Website

Nice post I just want to add : If the above steps do not work ( and you have checked that the contact is using whatsapp and you have your contacts correct number) just switch of your phone and remove and re insert your sim and restart the device..!! :)

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Oct 11, 2014 6:22:40 PM via Website

Really great tutorials. I saw a bunch of users across different forums had the same problem with this.

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Jan 2, 2015 1:57:13 PM via Website

When I open WhatsApp and go to my Chats window (iPhone 5) one of my contacts photo refreshes (flicks on and off quickly).
This doesn't always happen and it only happens with the same contact.
Can someone tell me what that contact is doing (or has done) at the other end to make this happen?
Thanks, Martin

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Jun 18, 2015 8:13:48 AM via Website

It's such a nice & amazing tutorial about WhatsApp contacts. Everything is perfect & well understand by this tutorial.

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Jan 13, 2016 9:53:19 AM via Website

Perfect answer!(cool) Thanks for the IMAGE

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Feb 2, 2016 12:24:27 PM via Website

You might have not given the permission to application to read your mobile's contact. So following are the steps to perform and mostly its common for all android device. Only a bit may differ.

security -> Permission -> Application -> Whatsapp -> Allow to read contacts

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Apr 1, 2016 6:03:35 AM via Website

This is most annoying to be told to :

Android phone book, make sure that all contact accounts (i.e. SIM, Google, Phone) & contact groups (i.e. Friends, Family) are "visible" or "viewable".

There is NO "visible" or "viewable" setting that I can find in my android 6.0 contacts list. and I STILL cannot see my contact in WhatsApp. Can someone please help me?

+1 650-691-3683

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Sep 20, 2016 1:52:49 AM via Website

This just tells me what what what's app tells me to do with contacts. I still cant find all and there's no invisible/visible option. How do i find contacts in my note 5 when it won't find the name or number in my phone and ik that my friends have the app

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Oct 10, 2016 12:16:02 PM via Website

I did it and got reinforcement my contacts effectively, much appreciated!

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Oct 17, 2016 1:49:16 PM via Website

Really appreciable. Thanks for sharing

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Dec 12, 2016 9:23:49 PM via Website

That was so brilliant of you mate ... Hats off to you Sir

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Mar 14, 2017 11:15:59 AM via Website

Faced the similar issue where names of whatsapp contacts were not shown.
Problems with Permissions
Go to Apps > Whatsapp > Permissions > Grant all Permissions
After that restart your phone. Everything will be good.

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Mar 18, 2017 6:06:11 AM via Website

Why does the new whatsupp update miss the contacts tab, and has two tabs for photo? Whyyyyyy??? (angry)

I add a new contact and cannot refresh to find the new contacts. I had to exit whatsapp, go to my contacts & select the whatsapp option of that contact to use it to open a whatsapp conversation with them. Which means if my contacts had no ability to detect a registered whatsapp contact, I'd never chat new people on whatsapp. (thinking)

*No, my contacts are not hidden.
*Yes I tried to search the new name from a new chat but it does not appear.

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Apr 11, 2017 8:26:51 AM via Website

I can't see the status after the new updates in whatsapp...

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May 15, 2017 4:30:43 PM via Website

Same happened with me then I manually allow whatsapp to access my contacts through permissions....
Now its fine...
Thanks dude!!!

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Jun 28, 2017 2:00:10 PM via Website

Thanks for the nice tips, it works

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Jul 5, 2017 12:12:56 PM via Website

Thank you SO much. I've been struggling with my device for weeks and this worked awesome

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Jul 5, 2017 5:49:12 PM via Website

I haven't come across such problem yet, but my wife had the problem before. And we didn't know how to solve that and left it be. How great it would be if I saw this. Anyway, thanks for posting this, it may be useful in the future.