How To Delete a Whatsapp Contact

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Jul 4, 2013, 3:58:18 PM via Website

Ive seen quite a few people asking how to delete a contact in WhatsApp - and at first glance it seems like it isnt that easy...

So if you want to delete a WhatsApp Contact follow these steps:

The contacts that you have in WhatsApp are directly loaded from the contacts in your phones address book - there is no way to directly delete them from within WhatsApp.

To delete a contact from the WhatsApp contact list, you will need to delete the contact from your phone's address book.

In order to find the WhatsApp contact in your phone's address book:

Find the contact in the Select contact page.
Tap on the contact.
Then tap on the name at the top.
On the Contact info page, go to [Menu button] > [View in address book].
From there you can find the option to delete the contact from your address book.
Then, refresh your WhatsApp contact list by opening WhatsApp > > [Menu button] > [Refresh]

If you still see the contact, it is likely that you are seeing the conversation on your Chats screen. Simply tap and hold on the contact and then select [Delete chat] to delete a chat.

And thats it!

If you have any other WhatsApp related issues have a look here -> Help! I have a problem with WhatsApp! Here are the solutions!

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Zhan Mikryikov
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Jul 5, 2013, 10:19:43 PM via Website

useful thing

Todd Riddle
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Jul 9, 2013, 8:04:30 AM via Website

It's a great help, many whatsapp users didn't know how to remove the contacts from the application. thanks for the information...:)

mithun s
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Jul 9, 2013, 8:52:04 AM via App

What if I want that person in my contact list but not in my whatsapp, so that i can ignore his calls? yes I do such kinda things!

I simply block them on Whatsapp if they are visible and they cant communicate with me and I can always unblock them.

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Sep 24, 2013, 1:38:56 PM via Website

Ahhh, that's fine but what if we just want to delete it from whatsapp contact list not from the address book itself.

Santhosh Sandy
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Feb 19, 2014, 2:56:23 PM via Website

I have already deleted a contact from my address book... but still I can see that contact in whatsapp ..

How can I remove then ??

Roy Weinberg
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Jun 8, 2014, 11:50:05 AM via Website

I agree, this helped me too! My girlfriend had a similar issue


Ben E
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Aug 21, 2014, 2:49:17 PM via Website

@santhosh sandy - on whatsapp you need to delete the chat thread, and then they'll be gone :)

— modified on Aug 21, 2014, 2:49:37 PM

Deppon Lian
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Oct 11, 2014, 6:33:10 PM via Website

WhatsApp needs more improvement.

Kruthika Kanavi
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Oct 28, 2014, 10:43:44 PM via Website

Even I had the same problem.. I tried deleting from Google account..this might help. If u still going through the same problem, download the app " Sim card manager " from play store and delete that contact from your Sim. Then go to your WhatsApp and refresh contact list. Definitely your problem will be solved .

Kamlesh Nishad
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Feb 22, 2015, 3:44:05 AM via Website

Yeah on the simple way to [delete whatsapp account][1].. I was searching for it and i found it here

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May 19, 2015, 1:32:43 AM via Website

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alice phoebe
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May 19, 2015, 3:22:31 AM via Website

agree, thanks for your sharing

Julian Carney
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Aug 25, 2015, 3:45:25 AM via Website

Hey, this is because in some cases contacts aren't deleted but just hidden. You can use any of the apps that let you manage directly the contacts database and delete even those hidden contacts. For example look for MiniContacts app at the store app.

Adler Lietz
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Aug 29, 2015, 3:13:49 PM via Website


nilofar shaikh
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Oct 20, 2015, 11:37:34 AM via Website

Thanks for sharing. seriously in need of such help:D(music)
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Nov 14, 2015, 12:19:11 PM via Website

Really helpful, good to know.

nilofar shaikh
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Nov 24, 2015, 2:51:47 PM via Website

Your post is helpful but sometimes I see the contact but I cannot send message on that, when I click it it automatically transfer me to messaging.

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Nov 27, 2015, 8:10:50 AM via Website

Thanks for Sharing this thread about deleting whatsapp Contact, As i Am in need of this

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Jan 13, 2016, 9:54:58 AM via Website

Just delete the number from main contact list. That's it! If you it to be there in contact list but not in whats app, just block them & keep them hidden.

vijender thakur
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Feb 17, 2016, 11:06:26 AM via Website

i have that problem but this is very helpful to me.

aaron gray
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Mar 6, 2016, 12:28:49 PM via Website

I deleted the contact from whats app as you said but i dont no why and how when he message me his name also shown but some other how manners mean first it was saved as aaron gray after delete it agaiin appears ?? what is shit this ??

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Mar 7, 2016, 6:54:59 AM via Website

To delete a contact:
Go to WhatsApp > Contacts.
Tap on the name for the contact you want to remove and tap Edit in the top right corner.
Scroll all the way to the bottom of the Contact Info screen.
Tap Delete Contact

Jan S
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Mar 28, 2016, 4:41:17 AM via Website

Thanks for your step by step instructions on how to delete a contact from What's App. Since it means deleting a phone contact as well, how can I put my phone contact back in without W A using it?
I would like to have only some of my contacts included in my W A list but not all.

This leads to another question; how can I prevent W A from putting an automatic invitation to my other contacts without deleting them?
I hope you have found these solutions, Thanks Jan.

Christie Rodriguez
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Oct 10, 2016, 12:11:25 PM via Website

It is just simple to delete a contact:
1. Go to WhatsApp > Contacts.
2. Tap on the name for the contact you want to remove and tap Edit in the top right corner.
3. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the Contact Info screen.
4. Tap Delete Contact.
I hope this solves your problem.

Rakesh C.
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Jan 21, 2017, 11:55:43 AM via Website

The first Step goes contact list Delete number and open WhatsApp select delete.

Alex Meier
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Jun 9, 2017, 10:35:10 AM via Website

Works for me, thanks!

Gauri Singh
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Jul 14, 2017, 11:05:21 AM via Website

When you open your whatsapp then just go to settings and find the refresh option. Just refresh it once in the availability of Internet. And you are good to go.

martin smith
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Jul 18, 2017, 11:34:17 AM via Website

Useful information...

Ruby Mariah
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Jul 22, 2017, 5:16:00 PM via Website

If you want to delete any whatsApp contact, you have to delete it form your phone book. But their is also another option you can block the contact from whatsApp by easily doing following steps.

Open WhatsApp.
Go to Menu.
Open Privacy.
Open blocked accounts.
Tap on add contact in top right corner.
Add the contact you want to delete from whatsApp.

Hope these steps will work

Neha Malik
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Aug 29, 2017, 2:35:42 PM via Website

thank you for the information

David Smith
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Aug 29, 2017, 3:21:56 PM via Website

Yes these works.thanks for information

Amy Heimbach
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Aug 30, 2017, 6:28:58 AM via Website

Thanks for sharing(cool)

Barbara Windsor
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May 9, 2018, 4:27:50 AM via Website

Very helpful:)

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Jun 3, 2018, 5:09:55 PM via Website

1. Open **WhatsApp** and go to the Chats tab.
2. Tap the new chat icon > Tap the contact > Tap the name at the top of the chat screen.
3. Tap the Menu Button > View in address book > Menu Button > Delete.

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Aug 8, 2018, 4:36:47 AM via Website

use some cleaner tool could help you.

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Aug 28, 2018, 7:13:43 AM via Website

yeah, that's easy for me thanks.

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Dec 12, 2018, 8:32:01 PM via Website

On the Contact Info screen, select Menu > View in address book
Press Delete (button in the shape of a trash can) > OK.
To double-check that the contact has, in fact, been removed, go to Contacts > Menu > Refresh
To delete your chat history with this person, go to the Chats tab, press and hold their name for a couple of seconds, and select Delete chat

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Oct 7, 2019, 9:28:39 AM via Website

thanks a lot<3

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Jan 4, 2020, 12:13:50 PM via Website

It helped me a lot, thank you!

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Jan 10, 2020, 12:44:09 PM via Website

I just have recently deleted my whatsapp acc, getting this above suggestions. Thank you guys!

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Jan 12, 2020, 10:29:38 AM via Website

Delete the whole thread.

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Jun 7, 2020, 9:24:07 AM via Website

Nice info