I deleted a contact/number out of my contact list from my smart phone. But if I open WhatsApp I can still see that same contact/person that I deleted earlier. How is this possible?

  • Have you tried refreshing the contact list and deleting past chats in WhatsApp, as described in their FAQ?
    – Chahk
    Commented Nov 21, 2013 at 15:42
  • @Chahk : that still does not helps. The contact is still visible. I am just not sure what is goning on here Commented Nov 10, 2022 at 11:15

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According to WhatsApp's FAQ, you may need to refresh the list. You also will still see the deleted contact if there are past chats you've had with that contact.

How do I delete a contact?

The contacts that you see in WhatsApp come from your address book. There is no way to directly edit the Select contact screen.

To delete a contact from the WhatsApp contact list, you will need to delete the contact from your phone's address book.

In order to find the WhatsApp contact in your phone's address book:

  • Find the contact in the Select contact page.
  • Tap on the contact.
  • Then tap on the name at the top.
  • On the Contact info page, go to [Menu button] > [View in address book].
  • From there you can find the option to delete the contact from your address book.

Then, refresh your WhatsApp contact list by opening WhatsApp > [Compose button] > [Menu button] > [Refresh]

If you still see the contact, it is likely that you are seeing the conversation on your Chats screen. Simply tap and hold on the contact and then select [Delete chat] to delete a chat.

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    This did not solve the problem for me. Could you please say about what might be wrong or how to get it done?
    – tod
    Commented Nov 6, 2015 at 11:55

Deleting a contact from the list still may not be of great help, because, the contact's new messages will show up in with his/her unsaved contact number. The best choice would be to block the contact.

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