Adding WhatsApp contacts via a qr code: this is how you do it

Do you want to chat with someone via WhatsApp without fiddling with phone numbers? Which can. The chat app has a function with which you can add each other by quickly scanning a qr code.

Add a WhatsApp contact via QR code

The advantage of this is that you can add a WhatsApp contact by simply scanning her / his qr code with your phone. That is a lot more convenient than adding someone to your contact list and then sending a message via WhatsApp to see if it was successful. When you add someone via QR code, you can immediately text each other without all these intermediate steps.

Here’s how to add a WhatsApp contact via QR code:

  1. Grab your iPhone and open WhatsApp;
  2. Tap on the rightmost tab at the bottom: ‘Settings’;
  3. Then press the qr icon next to your name;
  4. Have your qr code scanned by the person who wants to add you;
  5. From now on you can app with each other!
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Of course it also works the other way around. So you can also add others by scanning her / his WhatsApp qr code. To do this, follow the same instructions as above, but choose ‘Scan’ in step 4. Then point your iPhone camera at the QR code of the person you want to add. Is it not working? Then tap (during step 4) on ‘Reset QR code’. Your unique code may have expired.

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