Corralling WhatsApp away from my Android full contact list

Post date: 2021-10-25 11:34:07
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I want to use WhatsApp temporarily for travel. ISO of a workaround to use WhatsApp for phone calls without granting WhatsApp permission to access ALL my phone contacts.

Per EFF (last reviewed 8-12-20)

"WhatsApp will request access to your contacts. If you grant this access, WhatsApp will have a full list of your contacts' phone numbers. If you do not grant this access, you can manually add each of your contacts for chat messages, however you cannot make a new call without granting WhatsApp access to your phone's contacts."

Is there a way of creating a secondary contacts list and pointing WhatsApp at it for voice calls? As well as for chat without manually inputting a contact for each chat message? Any other workarounds for using WhatsApp without exposing my full contacts list to WhatsApp?

(Note: I am not interested in non WhatsApp communication recommendations or in convincing small travel vendors to stop using WhatsApp.)
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