I have Google Nexus 5. My WhatsApp contacts are not deleted. When I am trying to delete the contact from People (Contact App), it shows the error message "You can't delete contacts from read-only accounts, but you can hide them in your contacts lists".

I deleted the contacts from my Google account, but I am able to see those contacts on WhatsApp.


You might be having merged contact which you are trying to delete. To delete WhatsApp from the contact, you would have to delete the contact from the phone list and then delete the contact from WhatsApp. Obviously, you and again save the numbers in the contact list.

  • actually the contacts were saved in simcard memory, because of that it was not getting deleted. I deleted contacts from simcard memory. then deleted contacts from whats app. Now ts fine
    – user53364
    Feb 24 '14 at 5:36
  • @user53364 If that solved your problem you should post it as an answer.
    – SarpSTA
    Mar 1 '16 at 10:55

You could do one thing: copy the number from your phone contact and add it to the whatsapp contact. Thereby, you wouldn't lose the contact.

All you have to do is open your phone contact, long press the number part until you see copy to clipboard then copy the number, open your WhatsApp contact, press edit, there you'll see a button "Add another field". Press that and select "Phone", paste your number, delete your phone contact and voila.


it is better to uninstall Whatsapp and delete the contact and then reinstall. Alternatively, patch Whatsapp with lucky patcher.

  • This is terrible advice.
    – Mast
    Aug 21 '20 at 6:05
  • I'm curious how Lucky Patcher patches WhatsApp to fix this issue about contacts not deleted?
    – Andrew T.
    Dec 24 '21 at 3:31

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.