How to Add Contacts in WhatsApp using QR Codes

WhatsApp is known for its remarkable and user-friendly features, and its latest addition is the ability to add contacts via QR codes. This feature has been tested for months and is now available for all users. In this guide, I will show you how to create new contacts using this cool feature. Normally, adding a contact would involve searching for the number or typing in the name and number manually.

However, with QR codes, you can save time and effort. All you need to do is receive the code, scan it, and the number of that person will be saved as your WhatsApp contact. It’s important to note that there are separate QR codes for personal contacts and creating contacts for a WhatsApp group. Additionally, this feature is currently only available for Android devices and iPhones/iPads. If you use WhatsApp Web, you won’t be able to use the QR system for adding new contacts.

Add Contacts on WhatsApp by scanning QR Codes

Add Contacts in WhatsApp using QR Codes

First, let’s see how to generate a WhatsApp QR code on our devices.

  • Open WhatsApp
  • Go to Settings by tapping on the three-dot button
  • You should see a QR code symbol beside your name

Let’s check out the same for iOS as well.

  • Tap on Settings after opening whatsApp
  • Then you can see the QR code symbol beside your profile picture
  • Tap on the QR to get redirected to My Code
  • You can tap on the Share icon to share this code with people that you know if you wish to add them as your contacts on WhatsApp. They will scan the code and you will become a contact in no time.


You can also share the QR code via screenshot, Email, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, or via WhatsApp groups, etc.

Scanning the QR Code

It’s very simple.

  • Launch WhatsApp
  • Go to Settings > tap on QR symbol beside Profile pic
  • You will be redirected to the QR screen. There are two options My Code and Scan Code
  • Hit Scan Code to initiate scanning
  • make sure the QR image stays inside the green scan box
  • WhatsApp will then show the contact and you will see an option Add to Contacts. Tap on it

Do You Know

You can also use the camera icon the WhatsApp home screen on Android and WhatsApp native camera function on iOS to scan for WhatsApp QR codes. It doesn’t matter whether you received that as a screenshot or a QR code link. Works for all.

The QR code system is also available on the New Contacts tab and which you can access by tapping on the Chat button on the WhatsApp home screen. Any method you choose, the process of scanning always remains the same.

On iOS, tap on Chats > tap on the QR symbol beside the New Contact option. How simple and versatile that can get.?

So, this was all about how to add contacts to WhatsApp using QR codes. If you are into automation and don’t like to do things manually on your gadgets, then try this feature out.

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