WhatsApp Update: Nobody can add you to the group without your permission
WhatsApp finally lets you prevent people from adding you to their shitty groups
WhatsApp‘s group conversations can be awfully annoying when you’re dragged into them without your consent. It’s finally rolled out a fix for that, in the form of a new setting that lets you choose who can add you to group chats – and thankfully, there’s also a way to put a stop to this nonsense entirely.
Here’s how you can enable it:Open WhatsApp on your phone, and go to Settings > Accounts > Privacy.
Tap on Groups, and select the option that suits you best. The first one will prompt the user adding you to first send an invitation that you can approve:
- – Nobody (this prevents anyone from adding you to a group without an invitation)
- – My contacts (only your contacts can add you to a group without an invitation)
- – Anyone (Anyone can add you to a group without an invitation)If you value your privacy, you’ll want to select either of the first two options.
In those cases, an admin who can’t add you to a group will be prompted to send a private invite through an individual chat, giving you the choice of joining the group. You’ll have three days to accept the invite before it expires.
With these new features, users will have more control over the group messages they receive. These new privacy settings will begin rolling out to some users starting today and will be available worldwide in the coming days to those using the latest version of WhatsApp.
UPDATE: Based on feedback from users during our initial rollout, instead of the “Nobody” option we are now providing a “My Contacts Except” option. This allows you to choose to exclude specific contacts or “select all”. This update is rolling out to users around the world on the latest version of WhatsApp.’
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