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This article was published on November 6, 2019

WhatsApp now lets you choose which contacts can add you to groups

WhatsApp now lets you choose which contacts can add you to groups
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

Hallelujah! WhatsApp is rolling out a new setting that lets you specify which people in your contact list can add you to groups on the messaging platform.

This is a refined version of a feature that rolled out earlier this yearIn the previous iteration, you could choose to allow anyone to add you to groups, or all your contacts, or no one at all.

The new version lets you pick certain people who can add you to groups, that avoids people whom you don’t know well adding you to random groups.

Here’s how it works:

  • Open WhatsApp on your phone, and go to Settings > Accounts > Privacy > Groups.
  • Select “My contacts except for…” option.
  • Add contacts whose groups you’re okay to join, to the list.

In countries like India, where WhatsApp is very popular, it’s common for people to add you to groups without permission. While an earlier version of these settings prevented strangers from adding you to rando groups, it’s quite possible you don’t know all the people in your contact list very well and don’t want to join all their groups.

This is a nice little feature to ensure you don’t have to be part of irrelevant groups.

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