WhatsApp which is a popular messaging platform is missing a feature of messaging a number without adding them as a contact in your phonebook. Every so often you might want to reach out to a business or service contact for a one-time chat but adding the number to your phonebook could mean needless clutter. Let’s take a look at a few ways to initiate a WhatsApp chat without adding a phone number as a contact.
Launch a chat from the browser using WhatsApp short links
At first glance, it might appear that WhatsApp provides no way at all to initiate a chat without saving a number. However, the service does, in fact, have the functionality baked in. Presumably designed for integration in websites and apps, WhatsApp’s click to chat feature uses wa.me shortcut links to initiate a chat with any active WhatsApp account.
To make use of the function, simply head over to your browser and type out the address https://wa.me/phonenumber. The phone number field should include the country and region code as well, but no modifiers like + or – or 00. For example, if you’re in India, the syntax would be https://wa.me/91991****3*4.
Tap enter and WhatsApp will point you to a website with a green message button. Tapping this button will drop you into the chat.
How to text a WhatsApp number without saving it on an iPhone
While the first method of using a wa.me link in the browser works just fine on an iPhone as well, there’s an even better way to WhatsApp chat without saving contact numbers on iOS. The shortcuts app lets you set up a quick access way to input a phone number and get chatting right away.
Head over to the shortcuts app and create a new shortcut.
For the first action, tap add action and search for ask for input.
Once selected, tap the action field and set it to ask for a number. Assign it an easy-to-remember label like phone number.
Now add a second action. For the second action, you’ll need to set it as a variable. In the first field, type out the same label as above. In this case, it will be called phone number. In the second field, select provided input. This will ensure the phone number, once added in, will be assigned to the specific field…Read morre>>