WhatsApp is the most used messaging app right now. WhatsApp groups are great for staying in touch with friends and family, but sometimes they can also be a nuisance and a major source of spam. Here’s how to stop people from adding you to WhatsApp Groups on Android and iPhone.
Do not worry now you can prevent people from adding you to WhatsApp groups without your consent on iPhone and Android. In this post, we are going to explain to you how to prevent it for both Android and iPhone users.
1. Control WhatsApp Group Invites on Android
By using a new privacy setting on Android now you can stop every one or just people who are not in your contact book from adding you to WhatsApp groups. Moreover, a special option in Android now enables you to add exceptions to this block list.
Step 1: Firstly on your Android phone, make sure are using the latest version of WhatsApp.
Step 2: Then, click on the Menu button in the top toolbar.
Step 3: Now, click on the “Settings” button.
Step 4: Here, choose the “Account” option.
Step 5: From the Account section, click on the “Privacy” button.
Step 6: You will find here different privacy-related options for chats then, click on “Groups.”
Step 7: In the “Who Can Add Me to Groups” section, you will see three options: Everyone, My Contacts, and My Contacts Except.
Step 8: If you want to avoid spam then, switch to the “My Contacts” option, so only users in your contact book can add you to a group.
Step 9: If you want granular control over the process then, choose the “My Contacts Except” option. You will then be able to select specific users from your contact list who can not directly add you to a group.
This is a great option if you know the people who frequently add you to WhatsApp groups which you do not want to be a part of.
After doing this, when someone not in your contact book tries to add you to a group, they will get a message that they can not directly add you to a group. Instead, they can choose to send an invite to the group to you like a personal message.
Control WhatsApp Group Invites on iPhone
Controlling process is slightly different on the iPhone. Instead of the “My Contacts Except” option, you will have a “Nobody” option. This is a total blanket ban that stops anyone and everyone from adding you to a group directly.
Step 1: First, open the WhatsApp app on your iPhone and click on the “Settings” tab from the toolbar. Here, select the “Account” option.
Step 2: Then, click on the “Privacy” button.
Step 3: Now select the “Groups” option.
Step 4: From here you can now choose between “Everyone,” “My Contacts,” and “Nobody.”
Step 5: “Everyone” option is the default. To let only your contacts add you to a group, select the “My Contacts” option. If you want a blanket ban for everyone then, select “Nobody.”
Now, when someone tries to add you to a group, they will see an “Invite Friend” button instead. When they will tap on it, you will receive an invite to join the group as a personal message.
This is just one of the easy ways to protect your privacy on WhatsApp. You can also more secure your WhatsApp security by adding Face ID and Touch ID protection for the app on your iPhone.