How to send messages on WhatsApp without having to save the contact in the calendar

One of the inconveniences of Whatsapp it’s the fact that he wants to force you to add all the contact you want to communicate to your phone book. Even if you just want to contact someone quickly, you have no native possibility of starting a conversation with someone without adding them to your calendar.

But, as is already common in WhatsApp, there are gambiarras that allow you to send messages to people who are not registered in your calendar. And that is what we are going to teach you in this article.



The tip was given by some of our readers, in the article on the WhatsApp Business. There are several Shortcuts iOS users that do this, and we’ve chosen the best one to offer to you.



IOS shortcuts (Shortcuts)

We’ve already talked about the app here a few times Shortcuts, which on iOS 12 was officially incorporated into the iPhone and iPad system. It is a reformulation of the old Workflow, which was acquired by Apple in 2017. Its great merit is to allow the creation and execution of routines automatically, making the user’s life much easier.

For example, if you are in the habit of always decreasing the size of a photo before sending it by message, you can create a routine (shortcut) that does it for you just by pressing a button.

THE Shortcuts is integrated into the system, but is not installed on iOS. You must download the application for free from the App Store (link).

Shortcuts Shortcuts

You also need to enable the installation of shortcuts downloaded from the internet. In the following link you have a tutorial teaching you how to do:

Therefore, it is possible to create a shortcut for you to send messages to someone without having to add them to the calendar first.

Sending WhatsApp to someone outside the contacts

Don’t worry, you don’t need to understand codes at all. We make the shortcut ready for you, so just download and use.


Step 1: Download the shortcut

Open this article on your iPhone and tap the image below.

THE Shortcuts app it also runs on the iPad, but as you can’t (officially) install WhatsApp on the tablet, the shortcut wouldn’t work. So the tip is only for iPhone.



At the time of installation, the first thing he asks is about the country code, which will be automatically added to the number. This is necessary because WhatsApp only accepts a numbering standard and if you do not enter the DDI and DDD, it cannot send the message. If you eventually want to send a message to another country, you can change this code at any time in the shortcut recipe.

It may also ask for access to your contacts, if you have not yet given permission to the Shortcuts application. This is normal and, even with the request, this shortcut will not use your contacts, if you do not want to.


Step 2: Install on the start screen

Now that you have the shortcut routine in the app, we need to make it very accessible for you. Therefore, we will include the shortcut on the home screen, just as you do with favorite websites.

Open the Shortcuts app and tap the three dots in the corner of the shortcut you just installed.

Touch the settings button in the upper right corner of the screen.

Select the option “Add to Home Screen”And follow the instructions, giving whatever name you want. You will then have an icon on the application screen, which you can access the shortcut with just one touch.


Step 3: Sending the message

Okay, let’s say you have a number from a merchant, or someone who is selling a used Apple Watch that you are interested in doing business with. As it is a temporary thing, it is not practical for you to have to keep adding his number in the phonebook to then delete it. And that’s where the shortcut will help you.

To use it, just tap on its icon on the apps screen, and it automatically goes into action.

If you have already copied a cell phone number in memory, the shortcut will retrieve it and ask if you want to send a message to it. Otherwise, he immediately asks to enter the recipient’s number.

Always remember to put the DDD, even if the person is in the same city as you.

Remember that the Shortcuts app only opens the classic WhatsApp and not the Business version. However, if you have both versions installed, it will ask if you want to switch to Business.


Access through the Notification Center

Even more practical is accessing the widget from the Shortcuts app right in the Notification Center. There you can already see the phone number you have copied into memory, or enter it manually. A real hand on the wheel.


With this little trick, it is now much easier to send messages quickly to a contact who is not registered in your calendar. By using the Shortcuts app (exclusive for iOS), these routines run only on the iOS system.