WhatsApp began releasing a privacy feature on Monday (21) that allows you to define who can add you to chat groups on the messenger. The feature, which was in testing a few months ago, allows you to authorize anyone (default), contacts only and include exceptions. If an administrator tries to add someone to the group without authorization, WhatsApp displays an alert window indicating that an invitation to the user must be sent via a private chat. The news is available from WhatsApp Beta versions 126.96.36.199 and 2.19.298 on iPhone (iOS) and Android respectively.
In the following tutorial, check out how to set privacy on WhatsApp groups. The procedure was performed on an iPhone XR with iOS 13, but the tips also apply to users of Google-powered devices. You must have the latest version of the app installed on your phone to learn how to update your apps.
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Step 1. Open WhatsApp and access the messenger settings. Then tap "Account" and go to "Privacy";
Access WhatsApp Settings Photo: Play / Helito Beggiora
Step 2. Now tap on the new option "Groups". Select "Contacts Only" to allow only known people to add you in groups;
Setting group privacy Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora
Step 3. To configure exceptions, choose "Contacts Only, Except …" and select the desired contacts. If you want to prevent anyone from adding you in groups, tap "Select All" and press "OK" to save. In this case, the only way to join groups is to receive the invitation link.
Adding exceptions Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora
Ready! Take advantage of tips to avoid being added to WhatsApp groups.
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