How to Delete Someone from Whatsapp Contact List

Most of us have contacts saved on our phones that we barely talk to. Nobody has time to message everyone on Whatsapp and keep the conversation going. From the carpenter who visited you a few months ago to a friend you met a few years back but are no longer in touch with them, there are dozens of contacts that you might have not talked to.

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Some people do not block these contacts, as they think blocking someone from their Whatsapp will make them antisocial. Contrary to popular beliefs, removing someone from your Whatsapp does not make you antisocial. It is a smart way to filter your Whatsapp contacts and keep only those you are friends with.

At times, we save the number of people we don’t really want to keep on our Whatsapp. For example, if you had saved the number of a delivery boy on your contact and they also have your number saved, there is a good chance they will be able to see your profile and status on Whatsapp, i.e. if they are using Whatsapp.

Changing your privacy setting is not a suitable choice, as it might affect everyone on your contact list. So, your best option is to delete the contact of this user. That way they will no longer be able to check your Whatsapp profile and statuses. You could also block them on Whatsapp, but they might realize it if they ever send you a text.

How to Delete Someone from WhatsApp Contact List

You can tap the user’s profile and open their contact in your address book to remove them from your contact list. That, however, is pretty complex and time-consuming. Deleting the number of the target from your phone will automatically delete their number from your Whatsapp. If you have kept your privacy settings to “my contacts” only, the target will not be able to view your profile and status once their number is deleted.

Here’s how to delete the number of a Whatsapp user from your mobile.

  • Open your address book.
  • Type the name of the contact you would like to delete from Whatsapp.
  • Tap their name and click on the edit option on the top right corner of the screen.
  • Scroll down and tap the “delete contact” option.
  • Hit “confirm”.
  • There you go! The contact will be removed from your contact list.

What if the Deleted Contact Still Appears on Whatsapp?

There is a chance the contact you have deleted from your address book still appears on Whatsapp. You can refresh your contacts from the settings tab on Whatsapp to reload the contacts. The contact will no longer appear in your address book.

What Next After You Delete Someone from Whatsapp Contact List?

1. Delete the Chat

Deleting the number will not erase the chat you have had with the target. Their number will still show up on your contact list, though they won’t be able to see your profile or status. Now, to delete their numbers permanently, you can delete the chat you have had with the target. Here’s how you can do that:

  1. Open Whatsapp.
  2. Hold the chat with the user for a few seconds.
  3. Tap the dustbin-like icon on top of the screen.
  4. Select “delete chat”.

Once the chat is deleted from your phone, your history with the person will be erased permanently. You can no longer read the past messages and neither will you be able to message them again, as their contact is no longer available in your address book.

2. Block the Contact

Blocking the contact is not necessary until the target causes any form of inconvenience. For example, if the person is harassing you on Whatsapp or sending texts repeatedly, you could block their contacts from Whatsapp permanently so that they will no longer be able to contact you. Once you have blocked the user, the person cannot view your profile or check your status any longer. Here’s how you can block a user on Whatsapp:

  • Open Whatsapp.
  • Tap the contact you’d like to delete.
  • Tap the three dots on the right side of the screen, select more and then block.
  • You will get three options.
  • Select block and the user will be blocked.

You can unblock the user anytime you want from the block list. This is one of the easiest ways to delete someone’s account on Whatsapp.

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Dharmesh Donda

iStaunch is written by Dharmesh Donda, an avid Internet geek, IT professional since 2012. Have been in IT industry for more than a decade, and currently doing management and consulting work have taken a plunge into entrepreneurship.

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