As part of the security features of WhatsApp, the messaging platform doesn’t allow its users to send messages to people who are not part of their contacts. The app wants to ensure that the exchange of messages is between two legit WhatsApp users.
There may be instances that users wish to send messages on the app to a person outside their contacts. So, people have found a few ways to successfully send messages without saving the number or adding the person to contacts.
Check out some detailed processes on how to do this on WhatsApp. Also, learn about the potential threats that these bypasses may cause the WhatsApp account.
- Guidelines for Sending Messages to Non-Contacts
- Using a Link on Phone Browser
- Discovering the Trick for Android Users Only
- Exploring Siri Shortcuts
- Knowing the WhatsDirect App
- Utilizing the Click to Chat App
Guidelines for Sending Messages to Non-Contacts
WhatsApp does not allow users to send messages to other users who are not added to their phone contacts. WhatsApp is strict with this rule.
The app strongly suggests double-checking the saved number of the person to avoid the issue of messages not getting through.
This usually happens when saving international phone numbers. The app provides step-by-step instructions on how to properly save international phone numbers on its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.
It essentially states that when adding the contact’s phone number, it is necessary to enter the plus sign (+) together with the country code. Then, the full phone number will follow. These digits are important to be able to successfully send messages to the contact.
Knowing the Threats in Bypassing the WhatsApp Guidelines
Users still find a way to bypass this rule of WhatsApp. However, doing so poses several threats to the app’s performance and users’ security. Thus, it is important to understand the possible consequences first before doing these tricks.
First, the app may malfunction on several occasions when using third-party apps when doing these tricks. There is a high chance that WhatsApp will continuously crash.
Moreover, bypassing the guidelines of WhatsApp entails leaving the scope of the app when it comes to security. The app cannot protect the users’ information as it only covers legitimate transactions within Whatsapp, leading to a potential security threat and data breach.
Using a Link on Phone Browser
The most common way to send a message on WhatsApp without adding the person to contacts is through the phone’s browser.
Before doing this, you must double-check that the user or the other person is duly registered on WhatsApp. This step will not be successful if neither of the two is not fully verified as a user.
The user should open the phone browser and then paste the links http://wa.me/xxxxxxxxxx or http://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=xxxxxxxxxx. The x’s in these links should be replaced by the full phone number of the other person.
Remember that the country code must be present in the replacement. However, the user must remove the plus sign (+). For example, if the phone number is +919012345678, then the link becomes http://wa.me/919012345678.
Sending a Message through the Phone’s Browser
Once the link is done loading, it will show the Continue Chat button. This is a signal that the user can send the message to the unsaved number.
Click the Continue Chat button, and the browser will display a pop-up prompt asking the user to open the WhatsApp app.
Then, the user can use the app as if they are normally sending a message or contacting the app.
Discovering the Trick for Android Users Only
Besides the phone browser option, Android users also have another trick available exclusively to them. However, this process only works on users whose devices run on Android 9.0 and later.
This is one of the easiest ways to send a message on WhatsApp without adding the person to your contacts. Simply type the 10-digit phone number of the person you wish to contact into the phone call function of your device.
Then, long-press the phone number, which will prompt the phone to give several options for the provided number. Look for the three-dotted button to show the messaging apps.
Then, click the “WhatsApp” icon. Once selected, the users will be directed to the app to be able to start chatting with the other person.
Using the Web Browser and WhatsApp Web
Users are not limited to sending WhatsApp messages on the mobile app as there is a WhatsApp web version. It is possible to use this when users want to send messages without adding the person to their phone contacts.
The process is almost the same as the phone’s browser trick. Users must go to http://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=xxxxxxxxxx and enter the recipient’s phone number. The difference is that the user must then click the “use WhatsApp Web.”
Before proceeding with the message window, the web app will ask the user to log in by scanning the provided QR code. After signing in, users can now freely send a message to anyone without saving them to WhatsApp Web contacts.
Exploring Siri Shortcuts
There is also an exclusive trick for iPhone users only. This method uses Siri Shortcuts, which is available for users of devices with at least iOS 12. Make sure to follow the steps below to send a WhatsApp message to any unsaved number.
The first step requires users to download the Siri Shortcut app. After installing, open the app to select the Gallery tab found on the bottom right corner of the screen.
Now, look for “Settings,” which contains the Shortcuts button. Then, the user must enable the Allow Untrusted Shortcuts option to permit the app to run Siri Shortcuts from anyone. Enabling this option entails a greater security threat, so it is advisable only to download trusted shortcuts.
Moreover, it is recommended to inspect these shortcuts first. Once the user enables the shortcut, they should access the provided shortcut link and click “Get Shortcut” to download it accordingly.
Adding Shortcuts to Send a Message
Once you’ve downloaded the link for the shortcut, you’re almost at the finish line. Look for “WhatsApp to Non-Contact” on the Siri Shortcuts app in the My Shortcuts tab. Then, a simple tap on the button will automatically run the shortcut to send a message.
There is another option for this which is adding the app to the home screen. This will create a quick launch shortcut for easier access. Look for the Add to Home Screen button on the three-dotted tab.
When running the shortcut, the user must only enter the other person’s phone number containing the country code. Then, the user will be redirected to the WhatsApp chat with a new message window.
Knowing the WhatsDirect App
As mentioned, one of the most popular ways to send messages without adding the person to contacts is through third-party apps. A go-to app for this purpose is the WhatsDirect app exclusive for Android users.
The app’s main function is to send a direct chat to anyone, even if they are not saved as contacts on the phone. It describes itself as a great tool because WhatsDirect is compatible with almost all messaging apps.
The WhatsDirect app is free to download on the Google Play Store. It does not require users to sign in or create an account because it only has one function – to send messages directly to anyone outside the contacts list.
Users are not limited to sending text messages only as WhatsDirect supports multimedia messages as well.
Sending a Message Using the WhatsDirect App
Since the app has only one function, it also means that sending a message is easy. There are only three steps to follow. The first one is to enter the phone number of whom you want to send the message.
Aside from typing the phone number directly, you can also select numbers from recent calls. Then, you will be prompted to type the message and tap the Send button.
The last step requires you to choose which messaging app you wish to send the message to. Select the WhatsApp icon, and a chat window will then be created with the provided number and typed message.
Utilizing the Click to Chat App
There is also a third-party app that iOS users can enjoy to send messages on WhatsApp to any unsaved number. The Click to Chat app allows users to message and call anyone without saving them as contacts.
Click to Chat works across various popular messaging apps like iMessage, Telegram, and WhatsApp. The app offers even more functionalities as it also allows users to access all history in the Recent tab.
The Click to Chat app is only available on the iOS App Store. The app is free to download, but there are options for in-app purchases to remove ads which range from $0.99 to $29.99.
Sending a Message Using the Click to Chat App
It is also easy to send messages using the Click to Chat app. You just need to type the number of the recipient and then choose the messaging app.
A new chat window on WhatsApp will open after selecting the WhatsApp icon. Then, you can freely send the message accordingly.
The users may send as many messages as they want as the app has no message limits.
Even though WhatsApp does not allow users to send messages without adding the recipient to contacts, there are several ways to bypass this rule. Users may utilize the links, device functions, and third-party apps to do the tricks.