How To Add Contacts From Other Countries In WhatsApp

Do you have a friend from another country that you wish to message or chat with online? If the person is on WhatsApp, you can add them to your contacts to connect with them through the app. Since the messaging platform syncs with your phone’s address book, all you have to do is add the person’s full international number to your contacts list. To help you, we have here a quick guide on how to add contacts from other countries on WhatsApp.


WhatsApp is a popular messaging service that can help users connect with other people online. As long as you have the person’s phone number on your address book, you can immediately message and chat with them on the platform, given that they also have an account.

Aside from contacting local users, you can also chat and message people from other countries. While the process of adding international numbers to your address book isn’t that complicated, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

To add your friend from another country or region, you need to add the country and area codes before their actual phone number. If that sounds confusing for you, there’s no need to worry since we got you covered.

How to add a contact with an international number on WhatsApp

The method of adding a contact from another country on WhatsApp isn’t much different from adding a local one. But instead of using their local phone number, you need to add a plus sign along with the country and area code before the person’s phone number.

If you’re not familiar with this process, check our quick step-by-step guide below:

  1. Open the address book on your device. For those on Android, launch “Contacts” from your home screen or app drawer.

    Alternatively, you can add a contact through WhatsApp on your phone. To do so, head over to the Chats tab on the app and tap New chat > New Contact.

  2. At the bottom right corner of your screen, tap the plus icon to add new contacts.

    Note: The interface of your address book may vary depending on the phone’s manufacturer.
  3. Select the storage location where you want to save the number.

  4. Add the contact’s name.

  5. Input the contact’s country code, then add their phone number after.

  6. Tap Save to add the person to your contacts list.

To check if whether you added the contact successfully or not, you can check their information on your address book or the contacts list when you create a new chat on WhatsApp.

What are country calling codes?

For those who don’t know, country codes are numbers that you need to add before a phone number to reach and make calls to another country. On Whatsapp, you need to combine the country and area codes with a plus sign as a prefix before you can add another user with an international number.

For example, if your friend lives in the United States (country code is “1”) and the area code is “408,” you need to enter “+1 408 123 4567.” In short, you need to add phone numbers in their full international format to contact them on the platform.

In addition, remember to remove any leading zeroes or special codes when adding the number. If you don’t know the specific area and country code of your friend, a quick search online should give you what you need.

When should I add a country code on a phone number on WhatsApp?

WhatsApp only requires its users to include a country code as a prefix when adding contacts from another country. So if you live in Germany and you have a friend in the United States, you have to add “+1” and the area code before the person’s actual phone number to add them on the platform.

But if you mean to add a local number to your contacts, then there’s no need to go through all of these methods. Just input the contact’s number as if you’re calling them on your phone to add them on WhatsApp.

Summing it all up

Since WhatsApp syncs with your device’s address book, you have to add your friend’s phone number to your contacts list to message and chat with them on the platform. While this method work on local contacts, it also works with international ones.

But before you add contacts with international numbers, keep in mind that you have to add country and area codes as a prefix to the person’s actual phone number. Aside from these codes, some countries require a slightly different setup before you can add them on WhatsApp.

In any case, you can always search for the country and area codes online. Just remember to exclude any leading zeroes on country codes for them to work when you add a contact.

That’s all we have on our guide about adding people from other countries on WhatsApp. If you want to hear more from us, don’t forget to bookmark our page and visit us regularly for our daily updates.