Why Is There A Chinese Symbol On Some Of My WhatsApp Contacts? Fix!

Why Is There A Chinese Symbol On Some Of My WhatsApp Contacts?

Are you wondering why you are suddenly seeing a Chinese symbol or character next to the name of some of your contacts on WhatsApp?

If yes, then you are in the right place, keep reading.

WhatsApp is an interactive social media app that allows you to chat, call, or video call anyone on your contact list as long they are on WhatsApp too.

If you had recently acquired a new contact on your phone and suddenly you are seeing a Chinese symbol next to their name, there is no need to panic as it is not an error.

Usually, all you have to do to fix this is to go to your primary Contact app, edit the contact’s name, and save your changes.

However, despite how easy it is to fix this issue, a lot of people may still be wondering why it happens in the first place; that is what we will be disclosed in this guide.

Why Is There A Chinese Symbol On Some Of My WhatsApp Contacts?

The reason you are suddenly seeing a Chinese symbol next to a contact’s name on the WhatsApp app is due to an emoji misconfiguration and contact source.

To explain further, different devices have a type of emoji collection that are compatible with them; iPhone has its style and design of emojis and so do Android devices.

For example, if an iPhone user sends you a contact that they happened to save their number with an emoji(s) via WhatsApp or any other means to you an Android user, that emoji(s) that have been included in the contact’s name will appear in ‘Chinese symbols’ as long your Android device is not able to match it with any emoji on your device.

The same thing happens when you save a number on your phone directly from WhatsApp; if the name of the WhatsApp user includes an emoji(s) that is foreign to your device, it will appear in a “Chinese symbol”.

However, it doesn’t have to be an emoji(s), it could be symbols too but as long as that symbol can not be found on your phone, it will appear in “Chinese symbols”.

This is known as misconfiguration, and it is not a serious issue, all you have to do is to edit the contact, add emojis, characters, and symbols on your device if you like, and re-save it.


Seeing what looks like ‘Chinese symbols’ on some of your WhatsApp contacts can be confusing especially if you didn’t put it there.

This is no cause for alarm, this can happen because of incompatible, symbols, emojis, or characters that had been added to the WhatsApp contact’s name before you saved it on your phone.

The best way to fix this issue has been stated in this guide, and it can be done manually with no need to contact WhatsApp support.

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Brianna Bailey

Brianna is based in Minnesota in the US at the moment, and has been writing since 2017. She is currently a 3rd Year med student at the time of writing this.