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How to send messages with WhatsApp for Windows 10 Mobile phones

WhatsApp for Windows 10 Mobile
WhatsApp for Windows 10 Mobile (Image credit: Windows Central)

Love sending messages but worried about going over the limits of your phone plan? Try using WhatsApp!

If you're connected to Wi-Fi and using WhatsApp, you don't have to worry about data limits, talk time, or the number of messages you're sending. WhatsApp lets you keep in touch with friends and family the way you want!

You can also use WhatsApp when you're on a trip to talk with people back home, avoiding the need to buy a travel plan. Mastering the basic messaging functions in WhatsApp is simple.

How to send a new text message using WhatsApp on Windows 10 Mobile phones

  1. Launch WhatsApp from the App List on your Windows 10 Mobile phone.
  2. Tap on the + at the bottom of the chats screen.
  3. Tap on the name of the contact you would like to message (I chose my friend Marc).

  1. Tap in the text field at the bottom of the screen to launch the virtual keyboard.
  2. Type your message.
  3. Tap the send button to send your message (looks like a word bubble with three horizontal lines next to it).

How to send an emoji in a text message using WhatsApp on Windows 10 Mobile phones

If you need to add context to a text message or just aren't sure how to reply to someone, an emoji is a great way to say things differently than you can with just plain text. Adding emojis to a WhatsApp message is easy:

  1. Launch WhatsApp from the App List on your Windows 10 Mobile phone.
  2. Tap on an existing chat (I chose one between my friend Marc and I).
  3. Tap the emoji button. It looks like a smiley face and is located in the bottom left corner of the keyboard.

  1. Swipe back and forth to browse through all the different emoji options.
  2. Tap on the emoji you'd like to send. It will be inserted into the compose field.
  3. Tap the send button at the bottom of the screen to send the emoji in your message (looks like a word bubble with three horizontal lines next to it).

Browse emoji menus, tap an emoji, and send.

How to use group chat in WhatsApp on Windows 10 Mobile

One-on-one chats are great in WhatsApp when you want to have a private conversation between you and a friend, but sometimes you need to loop in a bunch of people. WhatsApp allows you to create a group chat which is perfect for making plans between you and your crew to ensure everyone is on the same page.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from the Applications List on your Windows 10 Mobile phone.
  2. Tap on the menu icon on the bottom right of your screen (it looks like three dots in a line).

  1. Tap New group at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Type a group subject in the "Type group subject here…" field. (Optional: Tap the smiley face on the righthand side to add emojis or tap the "add photo" square next to the group subject title to add an image to the chat.
  3. Tap Next at the bottom of the screen.

  1. Add contacts to the group.
    1. Type a contact's name into the field.
    2. Tap a contact to add them to the group.
    3. Tap the check mark on the bottom of your screen to create your group chat.
    OR
    1. Tap the add icon, which looks like a plus sign, to open your contacts list.
    2. Tap the contact you'd like to add to the group. You can add multiple contacts to your group simply tapping the box next to their names.
    3. Tap the check mark on the bottom of your screen to create your group chat.

Type contact's name, tap a contact, and tap check mark.

Tap add, tap a contact, and tap the check mark.

This will launch your new group chat. Any messages, photos, or whatever you send in this chat will go to all members of the group.

How to share a contact using WhatsApp on Windows 10 Mobile phones

Need to send a contact's phone number or email address to someone you're chatting with in WhatsApp? No problem!

  1. Launch WhatsApp from the App List on your Windows 10 Mobile phone.
  2. Tap on an existing chat (I chose one between my friend Marc and I).
  3. Tap the attach button at the bottom of the screen (it looks like a paperclip).

  1. Tap the contact button (it looks like a person).
  2. Tap on the contact you want to share from the contact list (I chose James Hook).Note: You can choose to share all or some of a contact's information by tapping the little check boxes appearing next to each contact method (cell number, work number, email address, etc.) By default, all boxes will be checked (and shared) so tap on a box to uncheck (and unshare) it.
  3. Tap the send button at the bottom of the screen (it looks like a thought bubble with three horizontal lines).

The contact will now be shared in your current chat.

How to share a location using WhatsApp on Windows 10 Mobile phones

Out on the town and want to invite a friend to join you? Easily share your location with a contact using WhatsApp.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from the App List on your Windows 10 Mobile phone.
  2. Tap on an existing chat (I chose one between my friend Marc and I).
  3. Tap the attach button at the bottom of the screen (it looks like a paperclip).

  1. Tap the location button at the bottom of the screen (it looks like an angled square with a + symbol on it).
  2. Your phone will automatically find your current location. Once this is complete tap the send your location button (it is at the bottom of the screen and looks like an angled square next to three horizontal lines).

Your location will now be shared in your chat with your contact. They can tap on the map to easily pull up your location and find you.

130 Comments
  • Thanks for guiding I don't know how to send msg through WhatsApp daily I ask through WhatsApp to my friend how to send msg. What rubbish
  • Hahahahahah... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Reading this article make me to reinstall WhatsApp. *_*
  • :)))
  • Really is that your best article
  • This article is not even updated. See, it shows the old send and attachment buttons!
    Even if it's teaching kids HOW TO SEND A WHATSAPP MESSAGE, it is teaching wrong. Lol
    Next article could be: How to comment on WC articles
  • Again!!!:)
  • My Lumia 1520 battery drained very fast and it always switch off when battery percentage is 40 plz do needful improvement
  • Buy new battery
  • Dear friend battery will never replace coz it is dry battery
  • Buy new lumia then
  • Do we have a wet batteries out there? Aside that, try to bring your phone to the nearest Microsoft store, tell them that you have an issue with your battery...
  • Yes bro I'm experiencing the same problem since updating onto W10M.
    If my phone have 60-20 percentage battery and the processor gets hot while using it heavy, like taking alot photos with HDR on, or playing Asphalt 8, so I get a bettery low message and then after 5sec the phone turns off. My NOKIA Lumia 1520's battery is in GooD condition and the problem is software not hardware
  • I very much disappointed through battery problem, if Microsoft will not resolved this big problem than I am sure Lumia will flop in marketing
  • The hell is wrong with you guys? Posting unnecessary crap for the 4th time about WhatsApp in just a couple of days
  • No author will reply in comment, i challenge
  • I think WhatsApp for windows 10 is coming :)
  • I'm with you who gives a sh*t? Let's talk about more important things like the anniversary update or how to fox the heavy battery drain etc.
  • What is wrong
  • WTF?! Pls tell me how to take a breath and how to walk! Please....
  • How to breathe?
    There are 2 steps to breathe:
    1. Inhale some oxygen to your lungs
    2. Exhale the carbon dioxide from your lungs
  • Instructions unclear. Death due to asphyxiation 
  • Hahahahhaha
  • WTF
  • In Next msg Microsoft tell us how to open and switch off Mobile
  • really? I thought it was a sex-community meeting app.
  • Lol...
  • LOL
  • Stop it!  Stop the agony!  Enough of the WhatsApp articles already!   Aaaaiiiieeeeee!
  • I LOLed upon comments here!
  • Cool! Maybe you can do this for every single app in the app store!   or not.
  • Damn! :D Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • That shouldn't take long :)
  • Lol
  • I tought was just "hit send button".
  • What has happnd to the editors.
  • They hired interns
  • Next one will be... How to delete messages in WhatsApp for windows 10 mobile phones. :D
  • Lol
  • Oh yeah! I really don't know how to delete my secret chats with my girlfriend!! Need an article asap!! Lol.. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Dear Microsoft, if u really want to change something in mobile, so plz change Battery issue.
  • Bro, this is NOT a MS site plz. Go to MS's FB or Tweeter page and tell them your problem, or you can go to Answers.Microsoft.com
  • Or even better: Use the feedback hub.
  • "How to make a phone call on W10m" would be a good one. That would really help
  • How to take a breath?
  • How to ease
  • Next one will be how to recharge your Window 10 mobile
  • How to stop laughing when see a post on windows central about whatsapp crap?
  • Just 1 step: throw your phone out of the window. That will stop your laughter, immediately.
  • Dear Microsoft do something for draining battery issue and switch off automatically
  • Done!!! Now your battery will hold 300 times longer.
  • Next one will be how to throw your mobile into dustbin
  • Now only windows got knew about this app WhatsApp for windows... So pity..
  • I would like to try this out, but I don't know how to launch WhatsApp. 
  • Press the button! The red one.
  • I was in splits imagining the reactions in the comment section for this article.
  • wth? Please stop, are these parody articles? its embarassing. 
  • This one, am almost sure it is.
  • Dear windows central plz tell me how to open WhatsApp
  • Lol
  • LOL
  • Looks like its time to have an article on how to say good bye to Windowscentral..... These articles are really irritating.
  • Next up: How to walk and chew gum at the same time.
  • Ok, but how can I send a message here?
  • I think its time to uninstall WC app and download MSPU app.. Have been reading a lot about it's app since these whatsapp article bombings..
  • MSPU app is super cool. Best Windows 10 app. They are using all latest features. Even the chasable live tile. WC central is good but it has gone mad from few days
  • These articles and it's comments makes me laugh harder than pewdiepie's videos.
    BTW the Send Button is replaced next to text box (arrow icon).....IDIOTS !!!!!
  • Nit thats being joke.
    I'm using WhatsApp daily but didn't know messaging feature, thank you.
  • Joke is necessary!
  • This is stupid...
  • Hey, btw I've also forgot "how to type a message in WhatsApp"...
    Hope you cover it in your next article...
  • The whatsapp beta is being updated with some awesomely much needed tweaks and UI changes while WC is busy posting article on "How to send messages with Whatsapp for Windows 10 mobile phones".. And no word on whatsapp beta UI changes..
    Grow up WC!!
  • what kind of spams you have started posting! For God's sake, just stop!
  • WTF .......
  • and it's really time to change the UI to match the win10 theme
  • Please someone give this man a Nobel prize...
  • Well, i tought about it, for a few seconds, to make him shut up. But then i realised would be useless... Cause then, he will write about how to get a Nobel prize with whatsapp.
  • Or give him a kick on his Ass....
  • Can you please write a guide on how to turn on a Luma 950XL?? I bought one over a year ago, and have never gotten to use the damn thing because it It just sits there with a black screen all day every day, no matter what I do. I tried yelling at it. I tried not ​yelling at it. I even tried tapping the screen but just can't figure it out for the life of me. PLease WC, I've been a reader since you were WPcentral back in 2010, and I beg you to help me out by writing an article on this subject! It may also be helpful to write an article on charging the 950XL... I tried plugging the AC cord in the hole on the top of the phone, but it doesnt fit, even though USB-C is supposed to fit into the hold in either orientation unlike micro-USB. F'n Microsoft man...Apple products so much easier to figure out...
  • Can you people stop being such douchebags. There's people asking about basic stuff like this all the time. Just because you know how it works doesn't give you the right to ridicule the author. This is great for people that switch from another OS to WP. A female friend of mine asked me constantly how WhatsApp worked on WP when she switched from her old Symbian dumbphone. Hell, half of you probably don't even know you can save chat history with WA on Windows Phone.
  • If Symbian is dumb, Windows is RETARDED. Yeah, the big letters are intended. Or, wait, it could also be the user, that never uderstood Symbian, dumb. But well, i let this for other articles. P.S, did she also asked you how to turn of her lumia, or that was you, asking her? Just saying
  • WhatsApp beta updated with interface changes
  • Ugh!! At this rate, we would soon have to rename this place to WhatsApp Central.
  • past 1 week same whatsapp crap again and again who d hell on earth dont know how to use ******* whatsapp?.......
  • Narathan's female friend, apparently.
  • Lol! Right in the balls.. :D
  • Right in the kinnigins:)))
  • Hahahahaha.. You nailed it
  • What is the name of app again?
  • This all seems a part of a bigger plan. Thats why it doesn't make any sense.
  • Drew, Is this whatsapp the same as "google internet" or can I also use a cd-rom drive?
  • Ooo...can i use the AOL installation CD that came in the mail???
  • Yes!!! And then you will have internet. No cables, routers or contract needed.
  • Really *****!!!
  • What's WhatsApp app? Please make a separate article!
  • Again, these comments are gold... Article is poop.
  • I have had lumia 930 3 years now. Day one I downloaded whatsup. Its good ap but why there is "news story" about it every day???
  • Chutiyapa ....
  • You forgot to say, How to change the chat background theme!! :P
  • Actually that would have been a great article since Android and iOS versions don't allow this! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • really ? on android and ios you cant change chat background?
  • They would'nt know anyway, how to do it. Imagine tha long articles about that thing on android central....
  • Android dont have background theme..
  • Wt is this ....r u relly kidding ...
  • What's next? How to receive message on WhatsApp in windows 10?
  • In 15 simple steps ;)
  • Please cut it off with these poor articles.
  • ^This is the article I was looking for. /S
  • Uninstalling 9gag this is much more fun ^_^
  • Next we'll show you how to turn your phone on. Yes, there will be illustrations! No, no emoji.
    Please joinu us!
  • What???? I was thinking, r we back to 2007 or something? Why the hell we need a guide on WhatsApp????
  • This guy is an android user. He thinks he talks to android users. They a bit slow! Neurons and sh**. You know the drill.
  • Haha they did it, they really did it!!!:)) Super guys, now if you can post something on how to install whatsapp, would be even greater:D. Ps. How to shut down your lumia would be also great.
  • When did WC become a comedy show. The comments on this series of articles are hilarious. If WC have no new articles just stop posting but do not post useless articles like these, that too a series of them
  • What is WhatsApp? some new app?
  • I'd like tough, to see an article about how to stop windows central from crashing every freaqing minute
  • If the App is on SD card it will crash a lot and it will be slow.Simply move the app to internal storage
  • If the App is on SD card it will crash a lot and it will be slow.Simply move the app to internal storage
  • Well, it is not. I don't need an sd card
  • How to pee in a loo ?
  • So WhatsApp started paying WC..
  • I think (really hope) that WC are just testing this type of articles/documentations.. they will use it in future for something really useful.
  • UI design is like a joke. If you have to explain it, it is bad.
  • It doesn't matter, whatsapp us HUGE now. Here in Australia every single person I know messages through WhatsApp, I'm sure its like this in a lot of countries.
  • It's a paid article guys Geez
  • Someone is seriously having fun with this just to get us all worked up. I don't believe they are posting this to be taken seriously now.
  • I demand more articles like this! The comments are a joy to read. Please article about how to get my Windows Mobile out of my pants' pocket.
  • I, for one, didn't know you could send your location through WhatsApp. This has given me ideas on how I could use that to my advantage!
  • I still can't understand why the F u guys posting this crap ?? Like we where in a cave and know u teaching us how to use WhatsApp??
  • Let me tell you why. Cause shitcrapp brings hype, hype is needed for traffic. Traffic brings money. People come back just to see who, what said. Mission acomplished. And miding the fact that just realease builds brings hype. They now have two things for traffic. Shitcrapp and ms build releases.