How to change group privacy settings on WhatsApp

A WhatsApp group, love them, hate them or mute them, most people are in a WhatsApp Group; they’re an easy way to stay in touch with all your friends in one go and even arrange a social event. But, did you know that there are some settings that can restrict who is able to add you to new groups?

In a new update, WhatsApp changed the default setting to allow Everyone– that’s people that aren’t in your contacts too – the ability to put you in a group, without your approval.

There are three levels of permission that you can set:

  • 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.

To restrict your WhatsApp settings to go back to “My Contacts” then do the following:

Tap “Settings” in the bottom right hand corner, tap “Account“, tap “Privacy” which will bring up all the Privacy options WhatsApp let you customise.

Tap “Groups” and change the setting to “My Contacts“. This will automatically save.

Here’s how it’s done:

This is demonstrating how to change the privacy settings

 

For more information on this, or for a general chat regarding any of the WhatsApp Privacy settings, contact Nick on Nick@ClearTec-IT.co.uk