New group privacy settings are available on both Android and iPhone on WhatsApp. Here’s how you can enable these settings on your smartphone.
How to enable group privacy settings on your smartphone
Before we tell you how you can apply these settings on your smartphone, make sure that you have installed the latest version of WhatsApp on your device. For Android, this version is 2.19.308 and for iPhone, it is 2.19.112. You can update by visiting the respective WhatsApp page on both Google Play Store for Android and App Store for iPhone. Out of that way, just follow these steps.
How to stop someone from adding you on WhatsApp group on Android
If you are an Android user, follow these steps to prevent people from adding you to WhatsApp groups without permission.
Whatsapp group privacy whatsapp for android?
For Android group privacy settings can be found in WhatsApp Settings> Account> Privacy> Groups
Open WhatsApp on your Android smartphone and tap on the vertical three-dots icon at the top-right.
Then tap Settings> Account> Privacy.
Now tap on the group and select one of the three options given – everyone, except my contacts, or my contacts….
If you select all, anyone can add you to groups.
By selecting My Contacts only your contacts can add you to WhatsApp groups.
Finally, the third option My Contacts allows you to add only a select number of people to a WhatsApp group. You can either select the contacts one by one or you can also select all the contacts by tapping on the icon at the top-right. These people will be motivated to send you a group invitation via a private chat. You will then have three days before accepting or rejecting the request to join the group.
How to prevent someone from adding on WhatsApp group on iPhone
If you use WhatsApp on the iPhone, here’s how you can prevent others from adding to the WhatsApp group.
WhatsApp group privacy settings for iPhone can be found in Settings> Account> Privacy> Groups
Open WhatsApp on your iPhone and on the bottom bar, tap Settings.
Next, tap Account> Privacy> Groups.
On the next screen, select one of the three options given – Everyone, except My Contacts and My Contacts. Here you can select the contacts one by one or you can select all the contacts by simply tapping on the select button at the bottom right.