How to Stop People from Adding you to WhatsApp Group
WhatsApp is the most widely used mobile social media platform with an active user base of over 2 billion as of 2020. Though WhatsApp features are evolving over time, some user-preferred features are either not available or not straight forward. One such user-preferred feature is how to stop people from adding you to WhatsApp groups without your consent or without your knowledge.
However, using the privacy settings available from WhatsApp settings, you can control whether anyone can add you to groups or only from your contact list or selected people from the contact list or no one at all.
Follow the steps to prevent people from Adding you to WhatsApp Groups on their own.
Steps on How to Stop People from Adding you to WhatsApp Group
As shown in the image, click on the 3 dotted icon to access all the options available in the WhatsApp.
From the options as shown below in the image, click on Settings.
From the settings, select the Account as highlighted below.
Once you select Account as in Step 03, you have the screen as below. From the options, select Privacy.
Once you select privacy, you have several options to control your privacy. From the options available under privacy, select the option Groups as shown below.
Once you select the Groups, you will have the screen as below. This is most important part of setting your privacy with regard to who can add you to groups.
Here there are three options available for you. By default, the option Everyone is selected. Meaning everyone can add you to the group.
The option My Contacts (No. 1) refer to the people who are in your contact list. If you select this option and save, it will allow people who are on your contact list to add to groups when they create groups or they have the admin access to the group.
So How to Stop anyone from Adding you to WhatsApp Group?
If you do not want anyone from adding you to WhatsApp Group regardless of whether they are in your contact list or not, Choose My contact except… (No. 2). Once you select this option you have be prompted to the below screen with all the contacts available on your device. Select All the contacts from your list and then choose Done.
If you select all the contacts from your list, Then none of the people will be able to add you to WhatsApp group.
Note: When you have enabled this privacy settings, if anyone wants to add you to any group, they won’t be able to add you to the group. Instead, they will be shown an option to privately invite you to the group. So, you will receive an invitation to join the group. It’s up to you to decide whether to join or not.
One last thing about Stopping anyone from Adding you to WhatsApp Group?
After doing the settings to prevent all from your contact list, if you add a new contact to your device, they will be able to add you to any group they have admin access. So you can simply add their contact also to the exception list as shown above. I do this once a month so that I don’t miss.
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