Even if you have hundreds of contacts on WhatsApp, it is normal in the end to speak in a handful of chats most of the time. If you want to do it even faster, in WhatsApp for Android you can create a shortcut to any chat on the home screen.
These shortcuts allow you to open a chat directly without having to first open WhatsApp and then search for that contact. WhatsApp allows you to create these shortcuts both for certain contacts and for groups.
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Three ways to do the same
If you want to always have a WhatsApp chat at hand, a good option is to create a shortcut on the home screen (as long as your launcher allows it, which is normal). The result is an icon that is displayed on the home screen and that directly open a WhatsApp chat, be it a private chat or a group.
From the launcher widgets
There are three ways to do the same. The first one is from the menu to add widgets that include most pitchers. The way to add widgets can vary from one launcher to another, although it is usually achieved with a long touch on the home screen. Then find WhatsApp in the list and tap on the widget called Direct access.
You must then place the widget itself – which looks like an icon – where you want to place it on the home screen. As soon as you plant it contact selection opens WhatsApp, where groups are included. Choose the one you want to be added to the shortcut.
You can achieve the exact same thing from WhatsApp. To do this, you must first open the chat or the group to which you want to create a shortcut on your mobile and then tap on the menu button. The option you need, Create Shortcut, is within More.
Then a window will appear indicating that you are going to add to home screen the widget. This screen depends on the launcher, so you can switch from one to the other. In some cases, it may let you customize the look before adding it.
From the Shortcuts App
If the previous two methods are not enough for you, there is a third and probably the fastest: using the Shortcuts App that Android introduced in Nougat. Again, this depends entirely on your application launcher. In some launchers like Nova Launcher you can open the App Shortcuts with a long tap on the WhatsApp icon and then do another long tap on displayed chats to turn them into shortcuts.
The downside to this method is that it only works for the few chats that are shown in the Shortcuts App, which are usually the last three people you have chatted with on WhatsApp. The advantage is that it is still faster than the other methods.