3 Easy Hacks To Text Someone Via Whatsapp Without Adding Them To Your Contact List

Whatsapp is all cool and fun until it puts out the limitation that a user can only send messages to the numbers which are saved as phone contacts. Although it provides a decent amount of leverage; as in if the contact number is received from someone else within Whatsapp chat you can start talking without adding them to the contact book, but let’s be honest we all want more accessibility.

So, to fulfill this demand, we have compiled three ways in which you can message anyone without adding their numbers first. Fortunately enough, one of them is given by Whatsapp itself.

1. Whatsapp’s wa.me links

Recently Whatsapp revealed a trick for all its users which will let them contact an unsaved number in an official way. As stated in Frequently Asked Questions page, all you have to do is log on to https://wa.me/PhoneNumberHere. Enter the phone number right where it is required in URL and make sure that you have entered the country and region code along with it, but without any + or - or () or 00.

For example, if you are looking to send a message to the number +1-541-754-3010 in the US, you will have to enter the URL in the following way: https://wa.me/15417543010. The web page will show a big green Message icon and you can start your chat by just tapping onto it.

How To Send Message To Someone Via Whatsapp That Are Not in Your Contact list

2. Alternative Apps

If you think that the method listed above is too much to ask for, then there are several Android apps present on Google Play Store that are mostly associated to wa.me links but in a more user-friendly way. After installing the app, you just have to enter the phone number and tap a button to proceed towards a new created chat.


For a trail you can check out Click to chat, Direct Message for Whatsapp and Easy Message. Almost all of them are super light, have no ads and require very few to no permissions at all. But using third-party apps can be a sign of privacy and safety risk for some security-savvy users. Plus, using unofficial apps can lead to ban from Whatsapp.

3. Text Selections and Actions

This is a more personally devised method which is only compatible with stock devices having Android Pie or Q. In this, when you get a phone number in any app, select the corresponding text, and look out for suggested actions. The most obvious ones will always be Call, Cut, Copy, Paste, but if you just explore further, you will realize that there is also another option that tells you to “send a WhatsApp message.”

How to send a text on Whatsapp with Text Selections and Actions method (without adding the person in your contact list)
Screenshot: Androidpolice

While these treats can indeed turn out to be pretty handy especially when you want to have short chats with strangers e.g when interacting with business online to buy or sell anything, it's high time that Whatsapp should consider to remove the limitations within its native app.

Read next: WhatsApp gets new features including Product Catalogs

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