How to restrict people from adding you in WhatsApp groups

Here are the steps that can help you restrict people from adding you to unwanted WhatsApp groups.


It gets pretty annoying when people add you to WhatsApp groups that you do not want to be a part of. The flood of messages alone gets annoying to handle. In WhatsApp, even unknown people can add anyone to a group which raises a question on its security as well. Here is good news for you, users can now get out of this and control who can add them in groups.

This is also a good way of staying away from the people who create groups and spread misinformation in public.

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 How to restrict people from adding you in WhatsApp groups

A WhatsApp representative displays key chains with the logo of WhatsApp. Image: Reuters

Here are a few steps that can help you avoid such situations where you have to actually exit a group manually when you never wanted to be a part of it in the first place.

A new WhatsApp update in the group privacy section.

A new WhatsApp update in the group privacy section.

How to restrict people from adding you to a WhatsApp group

Step 1: Open WhatsApp and tap on the vertical three dots on the top left corner

Step 2: Go to Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups

Step 3: You will come across three options — Everyone, My contacts, and My contacts accept

Step 4: Deselect 'Everyone' and then choose from the other two options as per your wish

And that is it. If the restricted person tries to add you to a group, he/ she will have an option to send you a private invite that will expire in the next three days.

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