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How to find someone on WhatsApp? 

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WhatsApp offers only limited ways for you to find someone and start communication. Unlike other platforms such as Telegram, where you can search for a person by their Telegram username, WhatsApp only allows you to search for someone if they are already included in your contact list.

This severely limits your ability to communicate with those not yet on your contact list. In this article, we’ll explain how to find someone on WhatsApp easily.


Find someone on WhatsApp by phone number

The first way to find someone on WhatsApp is by their phone number. Here are the steps to do so:

  • Open WhatsApp and tap the floating chat icon on the bottom right.
  • Next, tap on the search icon at the top and then type the person’s phone number. Alternatively, you can tap on the search icon on the home screen and type the phone number there.
  • Tap on the contact to start the conversation.

Note: iPhone users will see a Compose option at the top-right of the screen instead of the floating chat icon on Android. All the other steps remain the same.

Also read: How to read encrypted WhatsApp messages?


Find someone on WhatsApp by their name

If the contact’s name is stored in your contact list, you can easily search them by typing the name. Here’s how:

  • Go to the chat icon and tap the search icon at the top.
  • Type the person’s name in the search box to see a list of all persons with the same name.
  • Tap on the contact to start the conversation.

These two are the only ways to find someone on WhatsApp. Now, let us head to a few frequently asked questions (FAQs) about this topic.

Also read: Does WhatsApp work without WiFi?


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are some FAQs:

Can you find someone on WhatsApp without their contacts?

You cannot find someone on WhatsApp without their contact information, such as their name or phone number. When you receive this information, add that contact to your contact list, and you’ll automatically see them on your WhatsApp list.


How can I find out if someone is on WhatsApp?

To find out if someone is on WhatsApp, go to the floating chat icon (Android) or Compost (iPhone) and tap the search icon. Then, type the name or phone number of that person.


How do I add someone on WhatsApp without contact?

You cannot add someone to your WhatsApp account without knowing their phone number. You can tell that person to message you on WhatsApp and save their contact information for further communication.

Also read: How to add someone to a WhatsApp group?

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: kumarhemant@pm.me

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