How to prevent random people from adding you to WhatsApp groups

As fun and sometimes useful as WhatsApp groups are, they can get frustrating when a stranger (or distant relative, the same) gets hold of your phone number and starts adding you to a bunch of nasty groups, either by mistake. or to plan a surprise party or just to mess with you. Here’s how to prevent random people from adding you to WhatsApp groups.

Either way, simply giving someone your phone number for whatever reason shouldn’t give them the right to bother you on WhatsApp. Fortunately, WhatsApp has already thought about this and made it pretty easy to prevent random people from adding you to their chat groups. All you need to do is modify a few settings in the privacy section of the app.

How to prevent random people from adding you to WhatsApp groups?

  1. Tap the vertical ellipses in the upper right corner on WhatsApp and then tap Setting.
  2. Go to Bill, which should be the first option, and then select Privacy.
  3. Scroll down to the subtitle Groups, below which you will see a list of options to choose from based on your privacy preference.

In that list, you can select My contacts to allow only people you know to add you to WhatsApp groups. If you often give your phone number to different people outside of your contact list, this is the way to go. However, you may still have one or two annoying friends who just can’t help but create random groups and put you there. For people like this, there is the My Contacts option except…, which does exactly what it says on the tin.

There is a possibility that you do not prefer any of these options and want those outside your contact list to include it in their groups, perhaps for your business number, or it could be something else. In that case, you can always remove all restrictions with the option of All settings.

Neither solution is foolproof, as group admins can still send you invitations privately and push you to join. But it should be good enough to give you control over the groups you want to be a part of and keep you safe from any unnecessary trouble.