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WhatsApp: How to change group privacy settings. WhatsApp has always allowed anyone with your phone number to message you or add you to a group. This is similar to how anyone can send you an SMS message or email if they have your contact information.
By default, your group privacy settings are set to Everyone so you can easily connect with friends and family, even if they’re not in your contacts list.
For additional privacy, we’ve also added the ability to control who can add you to a group by adjusting your WhatsApp Settings.
hatsApp groups have become an important part of our daily life. More than 2 billion people in over 180 countries use Whatsapp to make calls, send and receive messages, documents, photos, Gifs and videos.
The facebook-owned social messaging app even allows you to form groups for important conversations. These groups can be formed by adding the contact of a person one wants as a participant in the group.
Previously, users had no control over the groups that they were being added to, but last year, the app changed that by giving more control to its users in the form of a feature through which a user can decide who can add them to groups.
WhatsApp group members always had the option to leave the group by deleting it, however, this wasn’t an ideal solution. As now a user can change their group privacy settings on WhatsApp’s and decide who can add them to a new group.
Note: Changes to group privacy settings can’t be made on WhatsApp Web or Desktop, but the settings from your phone will be synced with WhatsApp Web and Desktop.
Change group privacy settings
Go to WhatsApp Settings:
Android: Tap More options > Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups.
iPhone: Tap Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups.
Everyone: Everyone, including people outside of your phone’s address book contacts, can add you to groups without your approval.
My Contacts: Only contacts in your phone’s address book can add you to groups without your approval. If a group admin who’s not in your phone’s address book tries to add you to a group, they’ll get a pop-up that says they can’t add you and will be prompted to tap Invite to Group or press Continue, followed by the send button, to send a private group invite through an individual chat. You’ll have three days to accept the invite before it expires.
My Contacts Except…: Only contacts in your phone’s address book, except those you exclude, can add you to groups without your approval. After selecting My Contacts Except… you can search for or select contacts to exclude. If a group admin you exclude tries to add you to a group, they’ll get a pop-up that says they can’t add you and will be prompted to tap Invite to Group followed by the send button to send a private group invite through an individual chat. You’ll have three days to accept the invite before it expires.
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