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How to Delete A WhatsApp Contact 2023 (Android & iOS)

Smartphone users use WhatsApp to chat with friends and family. WhatsApp is becoming one of the most popular smartphone apps. However, it may become necessary to delete WhatsApp contacts from your smartphone in some circumstances. So, how do you delete WhatsApp contacts from your smartphone?

When you delete a WhatsApp contact, the contact is effectively removed from the phone's address book. This eliminates the connection from your phone and will no longer be accessible in other apps. Without drawing contact from WhatsApp, removing it from your phone is impossible. However, blocking someone on WhatsApp may achieve a similar result. Here's how to delete a WhatsApp contact.

How to delete a whatsapp contact on iphone

 The procedure for deleting a WhatsApp contact on iOS and Android differs slightly. Here's how to go about it.

Step 1: On your iOS device, open WhatsApp and click Chats from the bottom menu.

Step 2: Tap the Chat composer icon in the upper-right corner of the Chats screen to access the contact list. The chat composer resembles a pencil enclosed within a square.


Step 3: Use the Search bar at the top of your contact list or the scroll bar to locate the contact you wish to delete.

Step 4: Open a chat screen by tapping the contact you wish to delete.

Step 5: Tap the Contact's name at the top of the chat screen to go to their profile.


Step 6: Tap Edit in the contact's profile's top corner.

Step 7: To delete a contact from WhatsApp and your device's contacts, tap Delete Contact at the bottom of the Edit Contact tab.

deletPro-Tip! You can't get rid of the chat history you have with someone once you delete their contact on iOS. To remove a chat from the Chats tab, swipe left on the conversation and select More > Delete Chat.

How to delete a whatsapp contact on Android

 Step 1: On your Android device, open the WhatsApp app, go to the bottom menu, and select Chats.


Step 2: To view the contact list, tap the Chat composer icon in the top right corner of the Chats screen. It appears to be a tiny message icon within a circle.


Step 3: Use the Search bar at the top of your contact list or the scroll bar to locate the contact you wish to delete.


Step 4: Tap the contact you wish to delete to bring up a chat window.

Step 5: Tap the Contact's name at the top of the chat window to access their profile.


Step 6: Tap the Three vertical dots in the contact's profile's top right corner.

Step 7: Tap View in address book > Three vertical dots > Delete to remove them from WhatsApp and your device contacts.


Refreshing WhatsApp Contacts on Android

 WhatsApp automatically refreshes contacts after some time. Nevertheless, you may do it manually on Android, although this option is unavailable on the iPhone. You must refresh your WhatsApp contacts on Android after deleting individuals from WhatsApp for the changes to take effect.

Step 1: Tap the icon for the Chat composer.

Step 2: Tap the Three vertical dots.

Step 3: Tap Refresh.

The person you deleted shouldn't appear in your contacts list.

How to block someone on Whatsapp

The simplest solution is to block the individual on WhatsApp. When you block someone, they will no longer be able to contact you, and you will no longer be able to reach them on WhatsApp. They will also be unable to view your last seen, profile photo, and about section. Other apps, fortunately, are unaffected.

Step 1: Go to the upper right corner of WhatsApp, and then click on Three dots.


Step 2: Tap on “Settings” and then tap on “Account.”


Step 3: Click on “Privacy” search for “Blocked Contacts,” and tap it,


Step 4: The “Add” icon is located at the top-right of the page. Tap on it.

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Step 5: Now, search and block your contact.


What Happens Upon Deletion Of A WhatsApp Contact?

 When you delete a contact, their phone number appears instead of their name on your chat list. Even if they delete their profile, you can still see their image and interact with them. What about WhatsApp groups in which you and the individual you deleted were members?

If you delete a chat conversation with a deleted contact, connecting with them will no longer be possible. In the case of a shared group, however, you can still use the group member's phone number to call or message them. If you delete a contact, they will not be notified and can continue to contact you.


WhatsApp protects users' privacy by allowing them to block any contact they want. However, this is only a short-term solution because they can still access you. You'll need to remove their number from your contacts to make this change permanent. For iPhone users, there's the iTransor app, the most incredible tool for backing up and restoring shared data between you and a deleted contact.