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Jan 3, 2017, 6:36:58 PM via Website

Sorry if this is too simple a question but I am a new user of WhatsApp and still getting to grips with it. I have successfully sent messages to myself as a test but my question is do the proposed message recipients also have to have the app installed on their phones?


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Jan 4, 2017, 3:57:14 AM via Website

Yes, you have to add the one you want to chat with as a contact on WhatsApp. He/she has to install the app and accept you as a contact/friend before he/she can receive your messages.

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Apr 26, 2017, 4:47:42 PM via Website

Of course, my friend.

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Apr 27, 2017, 12:07:46 PM via App

The recipient needs to have Whatsapp installed, but doesn't necessarily have to have you as a contact. You can send Whatsapp messages to anyone as long as you know their number and they have the app installed.