Start your conversations with strange numbers on WhatsApp without Saving them
WhatsApp is one of the most common forms of messaging nowadays and has quickly replaced traditional SMS. However, one of its most significant drawbacks is that you can only start chats with numbers that are saved as phone contacts. The only time you can do so without saving is when you receive a contact's number from someone else inside a WhatsApp chat. In that scenario, you can start a conversation without adding the contact to your address book first.
In this article, I am going to show you three ways to bypass this limitation.
5 Ways to Start WhatsApp chats Without Saving Contacts
- By using wa.me links ( WhatsApp Links)
As explained in the official WhatsApp FAQ, it provides a formal way to contact an unsaved number. However, you cannot do so within the app. You can begin a chat with any number by going to the web address https://wa.me/phonenumber.
The phone number should include the person's phone number without the + or 00 attached to the country code. For example, if the chat is with the number +237 671234567 in Cameroon, then go to the URL https://wa.me/237671234567. Once, entered, you can begin a conversation quickly. You can then return to the app if need be to continue your chat.
2. Text selection in Android and In-App ActionsThis method is not widely known and is slowly integrated into most devices. It appears to work on both Android 9 Pie and Q, but only on stock devices (Pixels and Android One)
Whenever you have a phone number in any app, you can simply select the corresponding text, and check the suggested actions. The main ones are always Call, Cut, Copy, Paste. However, on tapping the overflow button (three dots), you may see more options, including sending a WhatsApp message. Just select that, and the chat will be started.
Using An App to Simplify the Process.If the above methods might be confusing or not fast enough for you, you can use an app to make things easier. Several Android apps use these wa.me links in a user-friendly way. You simply need to enter the phone number, tap a button, and you're taken to a newly-created chat in WhatsApp.
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The above-explained workarounds should come in handy if you frequently have short-term chats with strangers and do not want to save their contacts.