[Full Guide] How to Delete WhatsApp Contacts

If you still have WhatsApp contacts that you would never call or message, you may want to delete them from your WhatsApp. In this guide, you will be given detailed instructions on how to delete WhatsApp contact.

Demi by Demi Updated April 23, 2023
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Is your iPhone or Android filled with WhatsApp contacts you would never call or message to? If the answer is Yes, you may wonder how to delete WhatsApp contact because of privacy concern, message clutter, distracting notifications, and so on.

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Overall, no matter why you need to delete contact from WhatsApp, this guide provides you with effective methods to delete WhatsApp contact in detailed steps. Let’s get started.

Part 1. How to delete WhatsApp contact on iPhone/Android

You can easily delete a WhatsApp contact by following the steps below. However, please be noted that when you delete a contact in WhatsApp, the contact will also be deleted from your phone. Thus, if the contact matters, it is suggested to backup contacts before deleting.

How to delete WhatsApp contact on iPhone

Follow the step below to how to delete WhatsApp contact on iPhone.

Step 1. Launch WhatsApp on your iPhone > Select Chats > Tap the conversation composer button from the top right corner of the chats screen.

Step 2. Locate and tap the contact you want to delete to get to the chat window > Tap the contact.

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Step 3. On the profile page, tap Edit in the upper right corner > Tap Delete Contact to remove a connection from both WhatsApp and your iPhone Contacts.

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How to delete contact from WhatsApp on Android

The steps of deleting WhatsApp contact from Android are almost the same with those on iPhone. Go through the steps below to make it.

Step 1. Go to WhatsApp app on your Android phone > Tap CHATS > Tap the message bubble icon to open the chat.

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Step 2. Locate the contact you want to delete and hit its name to open the chat window > Tap its name > Tap the three dot icon > Choose View in address book from the drop-down menu.

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Step 3. Click More options > From the prompt window, tap Delete to confirm the deletion.

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Bonus: How to remove contact from WhatsApp but not from phone?
The best way to remove contact from WhatsApp but not from phone is to block the contacts. Different from deleting contact from WhatsApp, the block contact option on WhatsApp allows users to restrict unwanted contacts from chatting with them or viewing their status by blocking them. Here are the steps.

Step 1. Launch WhatsApp > Open the chat window of the contact you’d like to block > Tap the three dot icon > Select View contact from the list.

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Step 2. At the bottom of the screen, locate and tap Block to confirm the contact blocking operation.

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Now you can only connect the person via mobile phone call, and you won’t be able to chat with the contact, view their contacts on WhatsApp or profile photo.

Part 2. FAQs about deleted WhatsApp contacts

After successfully deleting WhatsApp contact from your phone, you may have something else concern about deleted WhatsApp contact. This part has listed the frequently asked questions about deleted WhatsApp contacts, which may solve your problems.

Q1. How to delete WhatsApp contact not in the address book?
If you receive messages from a WhatsApp contact that is not in the address book, you can choose to block it by following the steps in the Question 1 so that all previous correspondence with the contact will be deleted.

Q2. Why is a deleted contact still showing on WhatsApp?
The most possible reason is that you haven’t refreshed your WhatsApp contact list after deleting it. Since the contact's new messages still show with their deleted contact number, removing the connection from the list may not be very useful. The most effective choice would be to block the contact.

Q3. Will a deleted contact still be able to send me messages?
Yes. The deleted contact won’t know that they’re deleted, and your number will still be saved in their contact list. Thus, the deleted contact will be able to call you and send messages. The only difference is that you will see their phone number instead of their name. If you wish to stop someone from calling or texting you, block the contact.

Q4. Can you delete someone from WhatsApp without them knowing?
Yes, of course. The only difference between you deleting and not deleting contacts is that you will see their phone number instead of their name. And as for someone you delete from WhatsApp, he won't know that he is deleted, and your number will still be saved in his contact list, and he can continue call you and send messages.

Part 3. Backup WhatsApp chats before deleting contacts

Even if you don't want to get in touch with that deleted contact anymore, your chat history may still be useful to you. Since deleting a contact clears the chat history, it's still necessary for you to back up WhatsApp before deleting a contact in case you regret it.

FoneTool is an easy-to-use tool for you to backup and restore WhatsApp chat history. With a few clicks, your WhatsApp backup will be stored on your PC locally. Now, follow the steps below to make it.

Step 1. Download, install, and launch FoneTool on your computer > Connect your phone to PC via USB > Tap Trust on your iPhone to let your computer access your iPhone data.

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Step 2. On the main interface of FoneTool, click WhatsApp Manager from the left pane > Click Backup WhatsApp > Get Started to confirm.

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Step 3. Identify the WhatsApp data content you need to back up and tap Start Backup. Enabling backup encryption ensures that only your backup content is accessible to you.

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Step 4. When FoneTool is done backing up your WhatsApp chats, you will see a prompt: "Backup Completed Successfully". At this point, click View to confirm to finish backing up WhatsApp chat.

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When the backup finishes, you can be free to restore or view WhatsApp chat history on PC at any time you want.


Now you have known how to delete WhatsApp contact with no effort. Also, if you want to stop the deleted contacts from calling or messaging you, blocking the contact would be a better choice for you. If this guide is helpful, please share it with others.

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