How To Prevent Someone From Adding You To A Whatsapp Group

WhatsApp has become a core part of our lives, especially for smartphone users.

Every single day, we spend at least 5 hours averagely using the world’s biggest instant chat application.

With Billions of people using the application globally, it has become a platform for many businesses and social gatherings to thrive, thanks to its Chat Groups feature.

Now, as convenient as this feature may look to business owners, associations and general gatherings, it has been hugely abused by many people.

If you have 50 groups on your Whatsapp account, there is a probability that you were added to more than 70% of those groups without your consent.

This can be very annoying sometimes, especially with the possibility of you receiving unwanted texts and your storage getting filled up with unnecessary images and videos from such groups.

For most people, this is one of the reasons they find it difficult enjoying their Whatsapp application.

This shouldn’t remain a problem without a solution. Looking at the benefits Whatsapp has, it is only a shot in the leg for anyone to decide against using it because of the annoying group messages.

In this article, I shall take you through the steps for preventing other people from adding you to Whatsapp groups (without your permission).

Blocking Unknown People From Adding You To Whatsapp Groups

Avoid Being Added To Whatsapp Groups Randomly

Though it is generally annoying for anyone to add you to a Whatsapp group without your prior knowledge, it is even more annoying if you don’t know the one responsible for adding you to the group in the first place.

So here are the steps to take in order to prevent other people (who are not your contacts), from adding you to Whatsapp groups.

  1. In your Whatsapp app window, click on settings.
  2. Look through the list of menus and click on ‘Privacy’
  3. Under the Privacy menu, Select ‘Groups’
  4. In the next window, select ‘My contacts’.

After successfully setting up this process, you have conditioned your Whatsapp such that only those who are your contacts can add you to Whatsapp groups, with or without your consent.

Preventing Some Contacts From Adding You To Groups

While it is true that the most annoying part of being added to a Whatsapp group is if the person adding you is unknown, some contacts just naturally love adding you to groups without seeking your consent. This could be very annoying too especially if you don’t have that sort of relationship with the said contact.

Well, smile. There’s a way to deal with such people by preventing them from adding you to Whatsapp groups anyhow.

  1. In your Whatsapp app window, click on settings.
  2. Look through the list of menus and click on ‘Privacy’
  3. Under the Privacy menu, Select ‘Groups’
  4. In the next window, select ‘My contacts Except’.
  5. Select the various contacts you want to exempt from adding you to groups and click on ‘Done’.

That’s all. Very simple and short. You can now enjoy your Whatsapp without worrying that someone from somewhere would add you to a Whatsapp group out of the blues.


Using Whatsapp is not only important for businesses and individuals, but it is also important for gatherings and associations for active communication and discussions.

While this is entirely true, it is rather unfortunate that most people tend to abuse the Whatsapp groups feature provided by the world’s biggest chat platform.

In this article, we discussed how to solve the problem of being added to Whatsapp groups without your consent, both by your contacts and other unknown people.

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