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How to restrict people from adding you in WhatsApp groups

It gets pretty annoying when people add you to WhatsApp groups that you do not want to be a part of. The flood of messages alone gets annoying to handle. In WhatsApp, even unknown people can add anyone to a group which raises a question on its security as well. Here is good news for you, users can now get out of this and control who can add them in groups.

This is also a good way of staying away from the people who create groups and spread misinformation in public.

How to restrict people from adding you in WhatsApp groups

Here are a few steps that can help you avoid such situations where you have to actually exit a group manually when you never wanted to be a part of it in the first place.

How to restrict people from adding you to a WhatsApp group

Step 1: Open WhatsApp and tap on the vertical three dots on the top left corner

Step 2: Go to Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups

Step 3: You will come across three options — Everyone, My contacts, and My contacts accept

Step 4: Deselect 'Everyone' and then choose from the other two options as per your wish

And that is it. If the restricted person tries to add you to a group, he/ she will have an option to send you a private invite that will expire in the next three days.