How To Fix Contact Names Not Showing On WhatsApp

Do you want to solve the issue of Contact Names Not Showing On WhatsApp? Then check out this article of 2 easy and verified ways to solve it.

whatsapp messenger

Virtually everyone uses WhatsApp and WhatsApp uses working phone numbers to function but when all you see is numbers in your WhatsApp and have no idea who you are chatting with, then it becomes a problem.

So, today, I’m going to be explaining 2 easy ways to go around that.



Before following these easy steps, there are things you have to make sure of which are important for WhatsApp to work well.

  • The person(s) number must be saved in your phonebook.
  • All contacts must be visible on your phonebook and not just those on SIM OR phone or Google.
  • The contact must be on WhatsApp Messenger.
  • You must have the latest version of WhatsApp on your phone. If not, download HERE.

Also, check out our guide on how to get chat heads on WhatsApp

Fix Contact Names Not Showing On WhatsApp

If all the requirements are all taken care of and you still aren’t seeing the names of the contacts, then follow these easy methods below.

Reset WhatsApp Sync

Phone Settings

This method is to reset the synchronization WhatsApp has with your contacts to enable visibility.

To do this, all you have to do is to head over to your phone settings and select the Accounts options.


Then select WhatsApp from the various options of accounts present on your phone.

Whatsapp Account

Click on the three (3) dots at the top right of the screen and select remove contacts.

Remove account

After all that, then head over back to WhatsApp itself and select the new chat icon at the bottom right of the WhatsApp chat screen.

WhatsApp new chat icon

Then click on the three (3) dots at the top right corner and select refresh.

Then you restart your phone but this is an optional but advisable thing to do.

Refresh Contacts

Now there are some cases in which the first method doesn’t work so if it doesn’t, try this next method.

Give WhatsApp Permission

In most cases, WhatsApp doesn’t show the names of the contacts because it hasn’t been permitted to read your contacts.

When setting up your WhatsApp account originally, WhatsApp asks for permission to read contacts but follow this step to do that manually.


First, open Settings on your phone and head to the Apps & Notifications option.

Now, select WhatsApp from the list of apps available on your phone.

Whatsapp app

Click on the permissions option which then leads to where you can decide what WhatsApp can read and what it can’t read.

WhatsApp permissions

Then you switch on the permission for contacts to allow WhatsApp to read your contacts and be visible on WhatsApp.

Then you restart your phone but this is an optional but advisable thing to do.

Contact Permission

And those are the 2 easy steps to solve the issue of contact names not showing on WhatsApp.

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We hoped this article helped you fix the issue of your contact names not showing on WhatsApp. Also, check out our post on how to how to secure your Facebook account easily right now.

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