This article outlines the process of controlling who can add you to WhatsApp groups on mobile devices, an important step to avoid being added to unwanted groups or receiving excess notifications. The summary details how to access and modify group settings, options available, and notes the caveat that the changes will not apply to community announcement groups.
This article explains how to change who can add you to groups in WhatsApp on mobile devices.
WhatsApp is a popular cross-platform messaging app that allows users to send text and voice messages, make voice and video calls, share files, and more.
One can configure many settings with the WhatsApp app in Windows, including starting the WhatsApp app at login, turning read receipts on or off, turning notifications on or off, turning automatic downloads on or off, clearing and deleting chats, and more.
On mobile devices, you can turn the fingerprint lock feature on or off, turn disappearing messages on or off, turn last seen and online status on or off, silence unknown callers, add or remove people from blocked contacts, and more, which are unavailable on the desktop.
Another setting you can configure in the mobile version of WhatsApp is to change who can add you to a group. By default, everyone from everywhere can add you to a group on WhatsApp.
You may want to change who can add you to groups in WhatsApp to avoid being added to unwanted groups or to have more control over who can invite you. By default, anyone can add you to a group on WhatsApp, which can be frustrating if you are added to groups without your consent or receive too many notifications from group chats.
Changing this setting can help you have a better experience using WhatsApp and help you avoid any unwanted group messages.
Change who can add you to groups on WhatsApp
As mentioned above, everyone can add you to groups when you set up WhatsApp on your devices. This can be annoying, especially if you’re being added to unwanted groups.
Here’s how to change that.
First, open and launch the WhatsApp app on your mobile device.
When the app opens, click the Settings and More button (vertical dots) at the top right corner.
Then click Settings on the context menu.
On the Settings screen, select Privacy to expand it.
Select “Groups” on the Privacy screen to open the settings.
On the Privacy -> Groups settings page, select one of the options on the screen.
- My contacts
- My contacts except…
Admin who can’t add you to groups will have the option to invite you privately. Settings here do not apply to community announcement groups. You will always be added to a community announcement group if you’re a community member.
That should do it.
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