WhatsApp groups are a very popular feature to stay in touch with friends and family around the world. However, to keep things simple, WhatsApp used to allow anyone to add someone to a WhatsApp group, as long as they had the other person’s contact number. This had led to the massive problem of random people adding others to random WhatsApp groups. After much feedback from users, WhatsApp decided to address the issue by providing privacy settings to prevent users from adding other people randomly to WhatsApp groups. Recently, WhatsApp has extended these group privacy settings to the whole world.
The new WhatsApp group privacy settings are available on both Android and iPhone. Here’s how you can enable these settings on your smartphone.
How to enable group privacy settings on smartphone
Before telling you how you can implement these settings on your smartphone, make sure that you have installed the latest version of WhatsApp on your device. For Android, it is version 2.19.308 and for iPhone, it is 2.19.112. You can update it by going to the respective WhatsApp pages on both the Google Play Store for Android and the App Store for iPhone. With that out of the way, just follow these steps.
How to prevent someone from adding you to WhatsApp groups on Android
If you are an Android user, follow these steps to prevent people from adding you to WhatsApp groups without permission.
Open WhatsApp on your Android smartphone and tap on the vertical three-dot icon on the top right. Then tap on Settings > Account > Privacy. Now tap on Groups and select one of the three given options: Everyone, My contacts or My contacts except ….If you select Everyone, anyone can add you to groups.If you select My contacts you only allow your contacts to add you to WhatsApp groups.Finally, the third option My contacts except allows only selected people to add you to groups by WhatsApp. You can select the contacts one by one or you can even select all the contacts by tapping the Select All icon on the top right. These people will be asked to send you the invitation to the group through a private chat. You will then have three days to accept or decline the request to join the group before it expires.
How to prevent someone from adding you to WhatsApp groups on iPhone
If you use WhatsApp on iPhone, here’s how you can prevent others from adding you to WhatsApp groups.
Open WhatsApp on your iPhone, and on the bottom bar, tap Settings. Then tap Account > Privacy > Groups. On the next screen, select one of the three options offered: All, My Contacts, and Except My Contacts. Here you can also select the contacts one by one or you can select all the contacts by pressing the Select All button at the bottom right.