Here’s How You Can Stop Random People From Adding You to WhatsApp Groups

WhatsApp groups are a great way to stay connected with family, friends, or even colleagues, but many use this feature to add tons of people to groups in order to sell products or promote services. These groups are often created without the permission of the participants and this could be frustrating for many. Most of us hate being a part of unnecessary groups and we often consider it rude to simply leave a group. The best way out of this is to have a filter that prevents random people from adding you to groups.

How to prevent unknown users from adding you to WhatsApp groups

Fortunately, there is a setting that you can modify in the privacy section of your WhatsApp account that prevents you from being added to random groups. This setting allows you to customize who can add you to groups and by default the setting is set to ‘Everyone’, which means that anyone with your phone number can add you to a group. It is important to note that group administrators can send you invite links and push you to join groups, even after modifying settings. To avoid being added to groups by random people, follow the steps below:

  1. Opened WhatsApp, click on the three points in the upper right corner of the screen.

  2. Click on the Settings option and then tap Bill.

  3. Click on Privacy > Groups. The default setting is likely to be set to ‘All‘.

  4. You can select from three options: ‘All’, ‘My contacts’, Y ‘My contacts except ‘.

  5. The ‘Everyone’ option allows any user with your phone number to add you to a group without your permission.

  6. The ‘My Contact’ option only allows users to add you to groups whose numbers you have saved in your contact list.

  7. The last option ‘My contacts except’ allows you to choose exactly who can add you to groups by allowing you to further filter and remove the contacts you don’t want added to a group.


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Tasneem Akolawala is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting experience spans smartphones, wearable devices, apps, social media, and the technology industry in general. She reports from Mumbai and also writes on the ups and downs in the Indian telecommunications sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and communications can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More

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