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How to Add WhatsApp Shortcut to Home Screen

Written by Thirumalraj

In this post, you’ll see the steps to add WhatsApp and its chat shortcut to the home screen.

I use the Windows 11 PC, Android phone, and iPhone here. Let’s begin.

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Add WhatsApp Chat Shortcut to Home Screen

You can easily access a specific chat with a shortcut on the home screen.

WhatsApp for Android lets you add a group or contact chat shortcut to the home screen of your Android device.

Here are the steps:

Open the WhatsApp Messenger app and hit your preferred group or contact chat.

If the contact chat you prefer is not in the Chats tab, hit the “Green” icon at the bottom right and tap the contact you like.

Hit the three vertical dots at the top right.

Select More, which you can find beneath the Wallpaper.

Hit the Add shortcut, which you can find beneath Export chat.

To place the shortcut on the home screen manually, use the icon. Otherwise, hit the Add to home screen button. I’m using the button here.

That’s all. You can see the shortcut on the home screen now, and tapping it will open the chat screen.

Here’s how you can remove this shortcut on your Android phone: Drag the shortcut and drop it on the “Remove” at the top.

Alternatively, you can follow the steps below to add it:

Long press the chat you prefer. Hit the three vertical dots at the top right and select Add chat shortcut.

The rest of the steps are the same as above.

That’s it.

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How to Add WhatsApp Chat Shortcut on iPhone Home Screen

WhatsApp for iPhone doesn’t have an option to do this task. But you can do this using the Shortcuts app.

Here are the steps:

Open the Shortcuts app and tap + icon at the top right.

Hit the search box at the bottom and type “whatsapp” (without double quotes).

Find and tap “Send Message via WhatsApp.”

Now tap the + icon beside Recipient.

Choose the contact you want and tap Done at the top right.

The shortcut is ready now, and to put it on the home screen, follow these steps:

Long press the shortcut you created and hit Edit.

Tap the Share icon at the bottom and select Add to Home Screen.

Change the name and icon of the shortcut as per your preference.

Hit Add at the top right.

That’s all. You can see the shortcut on the iPhone home screen now.

To remove this shortcut from the home screen, press the shortcut icon and select Delete Bookmark. In the popup, tap Delete.

To remove the shortcut from the Shortcuts app, press the shortcut and tap Delete. Hit Delete Shortcut, and that’s it.

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How to Add WhatsApp Shortcut to Android or iPhone Home Screen

If you’re using an Android phone, follow these steps:

Unlock your device and swipe up. Find WhatsApp and drag it. Now drop it on the home screen you prefer.

That’s it.

Here’s how you can remove this shortcut on your Android phone: Drag the shortcut and drop it on the “Remove” at the top.

If you’re on iPhone, follow these steps:

Swipe to the left until you see the App Library.

Tap on the Social folder, and you can see WhatsApp.

Drag it and drop it on the home screen you like.

Tap Done at the top right.

That’s it.

Press the WhatsApp icon to remove the WhatsApp shortcut from the iPhone home screen. Tap Remove App and select Remove from Home Screen.

That’s all.

How to Add WhatsApp Shortcut to Desktop

Let’s see the steps to add the WhatsApp Desktop app shortcut to the Desktop.

Press the Windows key and R on your keyboard, and you can see Run Command Box.

Type shell:appsfolder and hit the OK button.

Find WhatsApp and right-click on it.

Select Create shortcut and hit the Yes in the popup.

That’s all. You can see the shortcut on the Desktop now. Rename and change the icon if you prefer.

That’s it.

Thanks for reading.

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