whatsapp adding numbers in correctly

I can not find this phone number in whatsapp
this is what I type into my phone

I add to android contacts in 2 gmail account and phone account

written like
+86 139 5102 5327

plus sign 86 space 139 space 5102 space 5327
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Ravi AgrawalCommented:
In Whatsapp,

Switch to Contacts tab / Sheet (last sheet)> Menu > Refresh Contacts

Are you sure, that person is using Whatsapp on the number you are trying to use. If not, then he will not appear in your Whatsapp Contact List.

Double check with the person to confirm his number.
rgb192Author Commented:
I selected contracts. I clicked refresh. did you find phone number in your whatsapp
Ravi AgrawalCommented:
Open contacts in your phone.

Search for the contact you are trying to add.

Does it show up there?

If yes, does it have it have whatsapp detail in its number. See screenshot.
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Try to restart your phone. Make sure the contact is there in your phone address book after restart. Do a refresh in Whatsapp again. Actually I already tried (without restart, as my phone is very reliable), and spaces or not, the contact can be seen (online/last seen a few hours ago).
Sadly, if it doesn't work, your phone/whatsapp has some refresh bug.
rgb192Author Commented:
this is not a general question about any number. this is a specific question about the one phone number I provided which I want experts to test
Ravi AgrawalCommented:
It is working here for me.

Shows last seen half an hour ago to me.

See Image.
rgb192Author Commented:
I have many contacts in whats app
and this is not the first time a foreign number not added to whatsapp

in my united states android phone
I typed
plus sign 86 space 139 space 5102 space 5327

and got no results in whatsapp
what did you type ravi
Ravi AgrawalCommented:
Don't type spaces

Preceed with a + before writing the number.
Must be a bug in your phone, as I said, it doesn't matter if you use spaces or not. Both the phone/android and whatsapp are smart enough to know how to match the numbers.
As I said, try to restart your phone and do a refresh after it. If it doesn't work, try to update your phone to the newest Android version (if available, otherwise you're out of luck).
rgb192Author Commented:
what is exact way you added contact in android

I tried both

plus sign 86 space 139 space 5102 space 5327

I also restarted phone
Plus sign is important, spaces are not. You have a bug (old android version? old whatsapp version?) sadly, one that you probably cannot solve besides updating both Android and Whatsapp (maybe it's all updated already, meaning you have no way to solve it)

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rgb192Author Commented:
thanks for telling me plus sign is important
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