We’re huge fans of WhatsApp here at RP, and the instant messaging service is massive in certain parts of the world. In fact, it’s pretty huge everywhere except the United States, but it does have one minor issue in the fact that you cannot normally send messages to phone numbers without them first being part of your contacts.

That can be a real pain if you just need to send a quick message to someone you’re selling something to, or are perhaps looking to buy their house. It’s a huge pain and can leave your contacts full of random people. Thankfully, this can all be avoided thanks to a relatively simple Shortcut.

In order to use this, you’ll need to be using iOS 12 and have downloaded the Shortcuts app, but assuming that’s the case, you can head on over to the link here then download the Shortcut via iCloud. Once that’s done, you’ll have a new Shortcut that can be run whenever you want. When you do, the Shortcut will check your clipboard to see if a phone number exists. If it does, the Shortcut will use that as the recipient’s number but if no number is found, it will prompt you to enter one.

Once that’s done, the Shortcut will create a new WhatsApp message with that number as the recipient. Super simple, and super slick.

By default, the Shortcut has the country code set to 65, so remember to change that to your local code when you download it but beyond that, there’s no input from you needed in order to get this up and running.

We’re really keen to see what great Shortcuts people come up with and this is just a prime example of one that doesn’t need to be super complicated in order to do something awesome.

We’re really keen to see what great Shortcuts people come up with and this is just a prime example of one that doesn’t need to be super complicated in order to do something awesome.

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