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How to Avoid Being Added to WhatsApp Groups Without Your Permission

We have all been part of WhatsApp groups where we don’t want to be. To save yourself the pain of ‘leaving the group’, see how to avoid being added without your permission.


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This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.


One of the functions that make WhatsApp one of the most downloaded apps in the world is to create thematic chat groups to keep in touch with family, friends, co-workers and of course, clients, suppliers and partners. However, we have all appeared as members of a group at some time without knowing how we got there. Well that’s over, because now you can prevent them from adding you to WhatsApp groups without your permission and here we tell you how to activate this protection.

WhatsApp’s function to prevent anyone from including you in a group is not exactly new, but it seems that many have forgotten that it exists.

This is a configuration that allows the user to choose who can add them to a group chat and who cannot, as well as requesting the user’s authorization when someone wants to add them to a group.

How to avoid being added to WhatsApp groups without my permission?

The feature is now available for iOS and Android mobile phones and you can activate it by following these steps:

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Click on the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Go to ‘Settings’ or ‘Settings’ and then click on ‘Account’.
  4. Select the ‘Privacy’ option and then click on the ‘Groups’ section.
  5. You will see the legend ‘Who can add me to the groups’ and three options:
  • All. This is most likely the default option and allows anyone with your phone number to add you to a group without your permission.
  • My contacts. Only people on your contact list can add you to groups.
  • My contacts, except. This option allows you to choose who of your contacts CANNOT add you to groups. You can ban several contacts at the same time and even all of them, so that no one can join a new group even if it is on your WhatsApp agenda.

Clever! You can now regain control of your WhatsApp (and perhaps your life), choosing whether or not you want to join another group from work, local sales, or family channels of ‘good morning’ and ‘good night’.

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