You can now control who can add you to a WhatsApp group

Sagar, 03 April 2019

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has announced a new privacy feature that lets you control who can add you to a group.

The option to manage this feature is tucked inside the Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups menu. There you will see three more options - 'Everyone', 'My contacts', and 'Nobody'. Selecting 'Everyone' will let everyone with your WhatsApp number add you to a group. The 'My contacts' option will limit the option to people whose numbers are already saved in your contacts. And, choosing the 'Nobody' option will prevent everyone from adding you to a group.

Those who cannot add you to a group will be able to send you a private invitation to join a group. You will then have 72 hours to accept the invitation after which the invite will expire.

This feature is rolling out to the users on the latest version of WhatsApp, and it will reach everyone around the globe in the coming weeks.



Reader comments

I doubt this group-add decline feature has been added now just because of that low-profile app from pakistan... I'm sure it has been discussed for some time. From what I see they are rolling a couple of functional updates to the app. As far as I am c...

  • Anonymous
  • 05 Apr 2019
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I still don't see this an an option and I'm on the Android beta program. It's just not there in Privacy settings.

This is a clear copy of another chat App- ZapBuddy.. the review is below: The groups feature is mentioned and that was what I really liked...

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