We’ve all faced this: WhatsApp allows sending messages to the people you’ve added as contacts. What if there is someone to whom we need to send a WhatsApp message, but we don’t need to add them as a contact. This tutorial will provide you an easy way to send a WhatsApp message without saving the number.
Send a WhatsApp message without adding a contact
WhatsApp calls this feature as click to chat and this works on Android, iOS, and WhatsApp Web. This method makes use of the web link to bypass the contact adding process. The syntax is:
<mobilenumber> is the full phone number along with country code (in international format). Don’t use any characters such as plus (+), brackets (), dashes (-), or zeroes. Consider this Indian mobile number example:
Once you’ve understood the syntax, let’s get to the usage:
- Go to your web browser of choice on Android, iOS, or desktop.
- Enter the “click to chat” link created as above syntax in the address bar.
- You’ll be taken to the WhatsApp website.
- Select CONTINUE TO CHAT.
- You’ll be taken to the WhatsApp for messaging. If you’re using the desktop, click the above green button and select use WhatsApp Web.
The above-created link re-directs to
api.whatsapp.com where you’re displayed the above green button. You can also directly use
api.whatsapp.com. The syntax is:
If you enter a mobile number not having WhatsApp account, you will get an error message.
Create WhatsApp “click to chat” links with a pre-filled message
If you’re running a business, you can create a click to chat link with a pre-filled message and share it with your customers. The syntax is:
where the message is the URL-encoded version. Basically, URL encoding converts characters into the format that the Internet can understand (ASCII character set). For example, spaces are replaced by a plus sign (+) or
%20. Single straight quote by
%27, and so on.
You can use an online URL encoder tool to easily convert your message. Guess what, you can even use emojis in your messages and encode them using the above tool. Consider this example where clicking on this link would pre-fill the message “Hello! I’m interested in getting your product.”:
You can follow the same steps to send the message. Once you open the link, you’ll be shown with the de-coded version of the pre-filled message below the CONTINUE TO CHAT button. If emojis are present in your message, it will be displayed as an unknown character (with a question mark) but will appear properly when seen in the WhatsApp text field.
Note that the pre-filled message will just appear in the chat field and you’re free to edit it before sending.
You can also directly use
api.whatsapp.com in this case too:
Bonus WhatsApp log
You can send a message to multiple contacts with a pre-filled message using WhatsApp click to chat. Just remove the
<mobilenumber> field in the URL and you’re good to go!
After you select the green button, choose contacts, and hit the “Send icon.”
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