WhatsApp is a messaging app that allows you to talk, text, video chat, and share media to friends and family. You can’t talk to someone that doesn’t have WhatsApp through it, but you can invite contacts from your phone to join so you can talk using the app.

The nice thing about the app is you can talk to friends and family internationally using the app without having any international fees. This can come in handy when you or your family travels or if you have international friendships.

1. Open your WhatsApp App which is the white phone inside a white text bubble on a green icon. You may have to set up your WhatsApp account if you haven’t already done it

speech bubble

2. Tap on the speech bubble that is in the bottom right corner of your screen. If WhatsApp opens a conversation you can just tap the back button in the top left corner of your screen that looks like an arrow facing off the screen

New Contact

3. Now, tap on the New Contact button. This should be at the top of your Contacts menu next to the icon that looks like a persons’ shoulders and head. This will open the New Contact Page. If it asks you to select an app, tap the Contacts app option and then tap the Always option. You will also have to choose which Google Account you want to add the contact to if you have more than one

Name field

4. Next, you need to type the persons name into the Name field which is toward the top of your screen

5. Then, you tap on the Phone field under the Organization field

6. Here you will type in the contacts’ phone number. You may have to add the area code if the number is from a different area than you

7. Finally, tap on Done in the top left corner of your screen. This will save the contacts’ info to the Contacts App on your Android and if the person uses WhatsApp it will save the info to your WhatsApp Contacts as well

How to Add an Unsaved Contact from a Chat in WhatsApp

1. Open your WhatsApp App. You want to make sure that WhatsApp has access to your Contacts on your Android

2. Once your app is open, tap on Chats

3. Choose the conversation that you are having with the unsaved contact

4. Next, tap the More icon that looks like Three Horizontal Dots or you can tap the number at the top of the Chat

5. Last, you want to tap the Add to Contacts button and this will save the users information into your Address Book

How to Invite a Contact to Join WhatsAp

1. Open your WhatsApp App which is the white phone inside the green speech bubble icon. You may have to set up your WhatsApp account if you haven’t already done so

2. Now, tap the Three Vertical Dots button which will be in the top right corner of your screen. If WhatsApp opened to a conversation you will have to press the back arrow in the top left corner of your screen before doing this

Settings

3. Next, tap on Settings which will be at the bottom of the drop down menu that appears

Invite a Friend

4. Then, tap Invite a Friend which will be at the bottom of your Settings menu

5. After that, tap on Messages which has an icon that looks like a speech bubble

friends’ name

6. Here you will tap on the friends’ name that you want to invite to use WhatsApp. You may have to scroll to find the contact that you want to invite. All the names that show up here are contacts on your phone that do not use WhatsApp yet. You can also search for a specific person using the search bar at the top of the screen

7. Tap the Send 1 Invite button in the bottom right of your screen. If you invited more than one person, it will say Send “that number” Invites. This will open a New Message window with a link to download WhatsApp

Send button

8. Finally, tap the Send button and this will send the link to your contacts in a text message. If they download the app you will be able to chat with them using WhatsApp and they will be in your WhatsApp contacts automatically