How to create WhatsApp contact shortcut: iPhone, Android

How to create WhatsApp contact shortcut: iPhone, Android

WhatsApp Messenger enables you to pin contacts with whom you interact the most to the home screen of your smartphone. This guide will show you how to add a contact shortcut on Android directly from WhatsApp and then show you the work around for iPhone users.

How to create a WhatsApp contact shortcut on Android?

  • Launch WhatsApp and go to the Chat view.
  • Select the contact you'd like to pin to your home screen and tap on the Menu > More > Add Shortcut.

How to pin a WhatsApp contact to the home screen on iPhone?

It still isn't possible to add a contact shortcut to your home screen directly from WhatsApp, instead you will need to use the Shortcuts app, which can be downloaded from the App Store.

  • After you having downloaded Shortcuts, open the app. You can add new shortcuts using the (+) icon. 
  • Press the (+) icon, and you will be on the new shortcuts page.
  • Here there is a button for: Add Action - click the button
  •  You will see a list of suggested shortcuts, scroll down to the WhatsApp section. You should see "send a message to xxxx", with all of your contacts. 
  • Select the contact that you want to create a shortcut for. On the next page click of the three horizontal dots (...).
  • Enter the name you want to give this contact, and then you can select add to home screen. Then in the top right hand corner of your screen click add and then on the final page, done. 

You should now have the shortcut of your chosen contact on your home screen, ready for use.

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