WhatsApp is the dominant player in the IM (instant messaging) space. If you frequently use WhatsApp, you may encounter a situation where you need to add someone (friend or family member) to the conversation. You can add someone from the contact info menu if you are in a one-to-one conversation. Here’s how to add someone to WhatsApp chat.
Are you discussing movie or dinner plans with a friend on WhatsApp? Instead of going back and forth with several conversations, create a WhatsApp group with relevant contacts for smooth communication. You can invite someone to your existing chat or a group.
How to Add Someone to WhatsApp Chat on Android
There are two ways to add someone to WhatsApp chat. You can create a group from the contact info menu, and if you are already in a WhatsApp group, invite the person to it. Let’s go over them quickly.
Step 1: Open WhatsApp and select a conversation.
Step 2: Tap the contact name at the top.
Step 3: Tap ‘Create a group with the person’ at the bottom.
Step 4: Search and select another person from your contacts list. Tap the arrow icon at the bottom.
Step 5: Enter the group name, and upload a relevant picture. You also enable ‘Disappearing messages’. You can read our dedicated post to learn more about WhatsApp’s disappearing messages.
Step 6: Hit the checkmark.
As expected, WhatsApp doesn’t forward your messages in a group chat. You need to start the conversation from scratch.
Add Someone to a Group Chat on WhatsApp
If you are already a part of a WhatsApp group, you can invite others to the conversation. Unlike the trick above, the person can read the existing group chat.
Note: Only group admins can invite others to a WhatsApp group. If you don’t have admin rights, ask the group admin to invite the person to a group chat.
Step 1: Open a group in WhatsApp.
Step 2: Tap the group name at the top. Select ‘Add participants.’
Step 3: Search and add contacts from the following menu.
Add Someone to Chat on WhatsApp for iPhone
You can invite someone to a WhatsApp chat on iPhone too. The company uses a completely different user interface on iPhone. Follow the steps below.
Step 1: Open a chat thread on WhatsApp for iPhone.
Step 2: Select the contact name at the top.
Step 3: Tap ‘Create a group with contact.’
Step 4: Search for the contact you want to add to a conversation. Select Next.
Step 5: Enter the group subject, enable disappearing messages if you prefer, and tap Create at the top-right corner.
The group members will receive a notification from WhatsApp about a new group. You can now start a conversation with group members.
Invite Someone to a Group Chat on WhatsApp for iPhone
If you have group admin rights, use the steps below to add someone to chat on WhatsApp.
Step 1: Head to a group in WhatsApp.
Step 2: Select the group info menu.
Step 3: Tap Add Participants. Search for contacts from the following menu. Select Add.
You can also invite someone to a group chat via a link. Tap ‘Invite to Group via Link’ and select an option to generate a link. You can send a link via WhatsApp, copy the link, or generate a QR code for someone to scan.
Add Someone to Chat on WhatsApp for Desktop
You can also add someone to a WhatsApp group chat using the desktop app. Here’s what you need to do.
Note: WhatsApp’s Windows and Mac apps use the same interface. We have used the Mac app in the screenshots below. You can follow the same on Windows too.
Step 1: Open WhatsApp on the desktop.
Step 2: Select a group and click the group name at the top.
Step 3: Select Add participant.
Step 4: Find and add a contact from the following menu.
You also have the option to invite someone to a WhatsApp group via a link on the desktop.
Can Three People Chat on WhatsApp Without Creating a Group
Once you add or invite a third person to a conversation, WhatsApp automatically creates a group and asks you to enter the group subject. Three people can only chat on WhatsApp if they create a group.
Create a Smooth Conversation on WhatsApp
If you want to manage more people on WhatsApp efficiently, we advise creating a community on the platform. Check our dedicated post to learn the differences between WhatsApp groups and communities.
Last updated on 23 May, 2023
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