This is how you can prevent unknown numbers from adding you to group chats

This is how you can prevent unknown numbers from adding you to group chats
This is how you can prevent unknown numbers from adding you to group chats

The leading instant messaging application in the world, WhatsApp, not only allows you to have individual conversations, but it is also possible to create group chats between friends, family or with whomever you deem appropriate.

However, it may also happen that people you don’t know They add you to a group without your permission, because all they have to do is get your phone number. Then, from one moment to the next, you have dozens of notifications and you’re part of a conversation you don’t want to be in.

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Fortunately, you can avoid a bad time by changing the platform settings, since the app gives you the option to filter who can automatically add you to groups.

How to prevent unknown numbers from adding you to group chats

Chats between multiple people can be quite useful if you want to plan a special event or trip, or just to catch up with your members. Now, it can happen that we end up being part of countless groups, without necessarily participating in them.

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An easy way to prevent this from happening to you is to block the ability for anyone to add you to a group using the privacy setting. The most important thing is to prevent strangers from doing it and you can even restrict specific people.

Below we detail how to do it depending on the operating system you have:

Android

  • Go to WhatsApp and press the three-dot button in the upper right corner, then select “Settings”
  • Access the “Privacy” section
  • We select “Groups”
  • Finally, press the option “My contacts” either “My contacts, except?”

With this method you can choose that only people who are in your contact book can add you to groups, making it impossible for unknown numbers to do so. If you select the “My contacts except…” option, you will ensure that someone specific adds you to these chats without your authorization.

iOS

  • Go to WhatsApp and press the gear-shaped “Settings” button in the lower right corner
  • Access the “Privacy” section
  • We select “Groups”
  • Finally, press the option “My contacts” or “My contacts, except…”
iOS/Xataka system configuration

By following these instructions, you will prevent unknown numbers and selected contacts from automatically adding you to WhatsApp groups. However, they may still send you an invitation to join a group, which you will have the option to decline if you prefer.

 
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