Where is the contacts list in the updated WhatsApp version? In this tutorial, we will show you how to view your contacts list in the new WhatsApp Update for iOS and Android

By now, most of you must have received the latest update of WhatsApp which adds a new feature called WhatsApp Status. This is quite similar to Snapchat Stories where you can share the latest happenings using photos and videos that can be viewed by all or some of your contacts.

While this is an exciting new feature, most users, including me, were confused where the contacts list disappeared. Previously, it was available as a separate tab in WhatsApp, but after the latest update, the contacts tab is gone. If you’re reading this article, then you’re probably confused as well. But don’t worry, we got you covered.

In this post, we will show you how to find and view your contacts list in the updated WhatsApp version in iOS or Android.

How to View the Contacts List in the New WhatsApp Version

Step 1: Open WhatsApp.

Step 2: Go to the Chats tab.


Step 3:
Press on the compose icon located in the top right corner.

view contacts list in WhatsApp

Step 4: This is where your entire contacts list will be displayed. To start a conversation with any contact, simply tap on their name in the list.

That’s all you need to do to view your contacts list in the new WhatsApp update. I still prefer the old design where the contacts were listed in a separate tab and could be accessed quickly, but let’s hope that WhatsApp brings this back.

Another concern that users have about the new WhatsApp update is who can view their Status posts. We previously showed you how to set the privacy of WhatsApp Status and you can read about it here:

If you have any other questions regarding WhatsApp and its latest update, let us know in the comments below and we’ll help you out.

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  • S S Bhattacharjee

    how to send a whatsapp message to a number not in the contact list and also by not adding the number

    • Ali

      You can’t do that.

  • Jean-Marie Billon

    how do I edit contact info in this latest version of WhatsApp?

    • Ali

      You have to do it from the Contacts app. Can’t be done from WhatsApp anymore.

  • VV

    My problem is the contacts appeared in the New WhatsApp Version are only
    those contacts have chatted with me before in Whatsapp, there is no way
    for me to add other friend from the contact list of my iphone. Any way
    to solve?

    • Monali Pakhare

      I am also facing the same problem….:(

      • Ali

        Hmm, thats weird. It should show the contacts list. make sure that WhatsApp has access to your contacts. You can enable it from Settings -> WhatsApp

        • sbottle

          I’m not able to see contacts on whatsapp unless I’ve chatted with them previously either. WhatsApp has access to my contacts and I’m shut the application down and reopened it, still no luck

    • shonangreg

      I’m having the same problem. My family members have entered each other’s phone numbers in our contacts list, but we cannot see each other in WhatsApp. It seems the way to solve it is to use another chat app. Telegram is the current most popular alternative outside the predominant WhatsApp in the US or LINE in Japan (or whatever dominates where you are).

      LINE in Japan has a similar problem to WhatsApp in adding contacts. LINE has a very useful QR code way of adding a contact, but you need to be able to see each other’s phones to use it. A screenshot workaround (via email or snailmail or whatnot) is possible but often impractical. They also have a user ID / LINE ID that works great. Just tell someone your ID and you’re connected. But, if you’re not using one of the big carriers in Japan, you’re blocked from this feature as there is an adult verification step necessary. I’m using IIJmio, an mvno, so LINE will not verify me an an adult, even though they verified me as an adult before on the same phone number and user ID when I was on one of the big carriers. So, unless I figure out some way of showing my QR code, we’re unable to connect unless we exchange phone numbers, in the correct format. LINE does seem to pick these up whereas WhatsApp appears to be missing lots of contacts with no workaround.

      Telegram’s user ID system seems to be working fine.

  • Mitu De

    STUPID-EST idea to upgrade whatsapp..!!!!!! who wants to upload new status everyday?? moreover the contact column has been replaced wth “pic”one.!!!!! the icon shown above , fr androids, is actually fr forming “Groups”

  • Xəyalpərəst Balaca

    Hello! How can I refresh my friend list on WhatsApp in IPhone 5s? In the contacts list on Whatsapp, I can’t see some contacts that have WhatsApp. That is why I need to refresh list to see all my WhatsApp contacts. Thank you in advance!

    • Ali

      Hi! The contacts list is automatically updated when you open the app. Alternatively, you can force close the app from the App Switcher (double press Home button) and then open WhatsApp again. Let me know whether it works or not.

      • I did this and still don’t have all my contacts

  • Michelle S

    Any ideas on how to get WhatsApp to access all my contacts; it’s only showing a handful of contacts and 2 that I’ve shared chatted with on WhatsApp before are not in contact. Tried everything on iPhone from toggling contacts off and on, etc. thanks!

    • Same – can’t add new contacts only shows anyone I’ve chatted with on Whatsapp in the past

    • Arunima

      Same with me. Shows only those contacts with whom I have chatted earlier.

    • Ali

      @michellesczekan:[email protected]_rp61QFwkKf:[email protected]:[email protected]_FeH6DqS7gA:[email protected]:[email protected]:disqus Found the solution for this. When you tap on the compose (new chat) button, there is a search bar at the top. Use that search bar to find the contact with whom you wanna chat.

      • Michelle S

        That was one of the first things I tried. That doesn’t pull up any contacts that aren’t in whatsapp contact list. For example, my aunt is in my iPhone contact list, pulling up whatsapp and starting a new chat, I search her name, no results. She can’t be found. Thanks but whatsapp still isn’t pulling all my contacts since update.

        • Dave Depilot

          I have the same problem. I added a few contacts recently and only a couple are showing in Whatsapp. But they all have Whatsapp and they were added the same way with the same settings.

          To add, this issue happens on my Iphone 4s and 6s.

    • Shaley

      has anyone found any solution? If I try to add a contact through WhatsApp it goes directly to my iPhone contacts but I can’t see or send a message to the contact I’ve added.

  • suu

    I have already deleted some contacts in Phonebook. But i m seeing the deleted contacts in whatsapp

  • thilagavathi parthiban

    In my contacts, how to find who is using latest whatsapp version and how to find who viewed my whatsapp dp.

  • unknown123

    how can i see the full phone number of a person whos viewd my whatsapp status? i have somebody whos always viewing but havnt got this number saved! would love to know who it is but need the full number

  • Max Lew

    Hi, I am also having the same problem. I can see some, but not all I have in my contacts. As a matter of fact, one of my contact with whom I spoke last week, is still in my contacts, bu does not show in whatapps.

  • Liz Kay

    How can I allocate a sound to a specific contact with the new update?

  • Simran Malhotra

    None of these worked for me. But I found a solution on my own. If you can’t see your saved contacts in iPhone, try this. I am using an iPhone 7 so I’ll be sharing the procedure accordingly.

    Go to Settings> (scroll down to) Contacts> Import SIM Contacts.

    Done. Restart Whatsapp. This simple thing worked for me.

    • shonangreg

      There is no Contacts section of WhatsApp Settings now. That is what this whole discussion is about: getting around the lack of a Contacts feature.

  • Ralf Weber

    On my 5s (iOS 11) Whatsapp imported all contacts up to the letter S inclusive. I can not convince him to do so with all the following letters of the alphabet.