I wrote this bookmarklet to start a chat with a non-phonebook WhatsApp contact… a long time back. I prefer to use this instead of those third-party services that are also essentially doing the same thing but with the over-head of trusting them.
You can drag this link into your bookmarks toolbar instead if you’d like, and then give it a name of your choice if you’d like: Start a WhatsApp chat.
For mobile usage.
Bhavin Gandhi uses a small tweak to have this function on mobile: the
web subdomain changes to
Right now I have bookmarked the api.whatsapp.com/send?phone= URL and I add phone number to it before visiting that site. [It] gives [me an] option to launch WhatsApp.Bhavin on Mastodon on June 9, 2021
The corresponding bookmarklet, then, becomes:
Joel also has a smart tip:
I actually added the URL to the keyboard dictionary, a few letters and the suggestion appears. I used your original code and changed “web” with “api”Joel on Mastodon on June 9, 2021
It’s not often I need this, but it’s nice when for those rare moments you do.