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How to send a WhatsApp chat without saving the contact

WhatsApp is one of the most popular applications. It makes communication as simple as adding the correct number of anyone in the world and voila, that’s it. However, it can be somewhat annoying that in order to message someone, you always have to first add that person in your address book, but there are so many occasions where you just want to communicate with someone for a couple messages and nothing else.

That’s why many third-party apps take care of this simple task for you. It shouldn’t be that difficult to send messages through WhatsApp without saving the contact. The problem is that these apps can compromise the security and functionality of your smartphone. They might also be incompatible with certain operating systems.

To help you resolve this issue, we’ll show you how to send messages through WhatsApp without having to add the contact to your address book. And best of all, this method doesn’t require that you install other apps and it works for both iOS and Android operating systems.

How to send a WhatsApp message without saving the contact

This process may at first glance seem somewhat confusing for users who are not very experienced using their smartphone. But once you complete the process one time, it will be a piece of cake every time after that.

  • Open your preferred browser on your smartphone.

  • Type the following link in the search bar: https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=XXXXXXXXXXX (In place of the Xs type the phone number of the person you want to contact, including the country code, but without the + sign.)

  • That means that if the person has an American number (with the +1 prefix), it would look something like this: https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=19175550123

  • Press 'enter' on your smartphone.

  • A WhatsApp window will open asking if you want to send a message to that phone number. Press on 'send message'.

  • You will automatically be redirected to WhatsApp with the 'start chatting' window to the person you entered in your phone.

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Easier than you thought it would be. / © AndroidPit

Every time you want to get in touch with someone for WhatsApp, whether it's to ask them a very short question or to start a conversation, do you really want to add them to your contacts?

What do you think of this tip? Is it helpful? Or do you prefer using another messenger app? Let us know in the comments!

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  • I wrote a tiny bookmarklet that prompts the user for a phone number and redirects to the whatsapp API.
    See my post here: facebook dot com/ethan.shalev/posts/10155089042465025

    or simply create a bookmarklet with this URL:

    javascript:(function(){
    var phone = prompt("Who you gonna call?", "12125552368");
    if (phone != null) {
    window.location.href = "https [remove these extra characters] :// [and these too] api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=" + phone;
    }
    })();


  • I made a simple web app just for this, no install needed, no ad whatsoever

    bit dot ly (slash) whatsappany

    You can also Add to Home Screen from Chrome's menu to create a shortcut on your launcher desktop, like an app


  • I saved the address with my country code as a bookmark, so I can go there and just enter the phone number, but Yitzchak Russek is correct, the Quick Message app by Adaptive Bits is more convenient.


  • Very nice, easier than the method in the article for sure.


  • There's a app for that:
    "Quick Message"

    by "AdaptiveBits"


  • how great this is! only if you could add consecutive numbers to send broadcast messages... 😄


  • Great finding Thanks

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