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How to Stop Someone From Adding You to WhatsApp Groups

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WhatsApp groups are excellent for keeping in touch with friends and family, or with people who share similar interests. However, anyone could add you to WhatsApp groups without your permission, which does get annoying really soon. When WhatsApp has nice features such the ability to send a link inviting you to join a group, why should you allow people to randomly add you to groups you don’t want to join? This annoyance has now been fixed and you can now stop others from adding you to WhatsApp groups.

New group privacy settings on WhatsApp are available on both Android and iPhone. Here’s how you can enable these settings on your smartphone.

How to enable Group Privacy Settings on your smartphone

Before we tell you how you can implement these settings on your smartphone, make sure that you have installed the latest version of WhatsApp on your device. For Android, it is version 2.19.308 and for iPhone, it is 2.19.112. You can update by going to the respective WhatsApp pages on both the Google Play Store for Android and the App Store for iPhone. With that out of the way, just follow these steps.

How to stop someone from adding you to WhatsApp groups on Android

If you are an Android user, follow these steps to stop people from adding you to WhatsApp groups without permission.

  1. Open WhatsApp on your Android smartphone and tap the vertical three-dots icon on the top-right.
  2. Next, tap Settings > Account > Privacy.
  3. Now tap Groups and select one of the three given options — Everyone, My Contacts*, or My Contacts Except**.
  4. If you select Everyone, anyone can add you to groups.
  5. Selecting My Contacts only allows your contacts to add you to WhatsApp groups.
  6. Finally, the third option My Contacts Except lets you allow only selected people to add you to WhatsApp groups. You can either select contacts one by one or you can even select all contacts by tapping on the Select All icon on the top-right. These people will be prompted to send you the group invite through a private chat. You will then have three days to accept or deny the request for joining the group before it expires.
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How to stop someone from adding you to WhatsApp groups on iPhone

If you use WhatsApp on iPhone, here’s how you can stop others from adding you to WhatsApp groups

  1. Open WhatsApp on your iPhone and on the bottom bar, tap Settings.
  2. Next, tap Account > Privacy > Groups.
  3. On the next screen, select one of the three given options — Everyone, My Contacts and My Contacts Except. Over here as well you can select contacts one by one or you can just select all the contacts by tapping the Select All button on the bottom-right.

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WhatsApp tests in-app cryptocurrencies with Novi wallet

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WhatsApp is testing cryptocurrency payments within the application utilizing the Novi digital wallet, which is possessed by Meta.

After the failed establishment of Libra as a worldwide virtual currency, the aspect is currently found only with those who have WhatsApp in Guatemala and the United States.

However, Meta’s extended goal remains as it is. As the company declared, it aims to address the problems that 1.7 billion grownups around the world face because they are unwilling to participate in international banking systems.

In a declaration issuing about WhatsApp’s cooperation, Novi stated, “Being shut out of the global financial system has real consequences for people’s lives, and it’s often the most underserved people who pay the highest price.”

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WhatsApp will now make it easier for users to end conversations and send cute stickers, finds a new update in their beta version

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You know how in the past when you were talking to someone online and the conversation got lengthy without the two of you enjoying it, but didn’t know how to end it? Well, that problem was fixed a while back when many social platforms introduced a message reaction feature. The feature consisted of a number of emoji’s which could be used to react to a message of the sender. The feature was so well adopted that it unknowingly and unconsciously became the symbol of ending conversations.

While most platforms like Instagram, Messenger had this feature, one of the biggest online social chatting app, lacked it. Yes, we are talking about WhatsApp.

WhatsApp, however, now has jumped the bandwagon. The company is launching two new features, and one of them is the message reaction button, reports WABI.

According to the evidences of updates collected in August, the beta version of WhatsApp contained a message that the company was launching a reaction info pane which would give the sender a glimpse of how well the receiver had reacted to their message.

Users must be glad to hear it, considering now conversation could be ended in a more un-awkward way, specially the introverts.

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The beta version currently only mentions the test to be done on iOS operated devices, but if things goes well, Android will soon be receiving the feature too.

However, WhatsApp isn’t leaving its users with only this feature this holiday season, but it also is introducing another new update to an already existing feature. We all know how strong the sticker game has gotten on WhatsApp since the tech firm introduced it a while back.

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WhatsApp stickers currently have to be downloaded in your WhatsApp keyboard before you can attach it and send it to someone else. However, the company is now working towards a more convenient way, as spotted by WABI. You know you can forward messages on WhatsApp through a cute tilted arrow, you might be able to do it with stickers as well.

The company in its beta update showed the development of a feature that when you send or receive a sticker, you will be shown a forwarding arrow in front of it. Tapping on which you can directly send that particular sticker to your desired contact, without having to download it.

The tech firm is working through some minor changes that will defiantly make some major impacts and we cannot wait to see what else they will be introducing in the near future.

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WhatsApp may soon allow users to react to messages

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WhatsApp appears to be adding more features to its rumoured message reaction feature. It was also spotted in the past. This feature allows users to respond to specific messages in a chat. The new reaction information tab allows users to easily see who has reacted to a particular message. Individual chat threads as well as group chat threads will have message reactions. WhatsApp’s upcoming feature will allow users to respond to messages using different emoticons.

WABetaInfo reports WhatsApp plans to make it possible to respond to messages with a future update. It is currently in development, and may not be available in the most recent beta. Reactions will appear below the message. However, there is an additional tab called reaction info that will allow users to see who has reacted.

A screenshot of the new tab for reaction information was shared by the tipster. You can see that all reactions are listed under the tab “All” and then WhatsApp groups which responded to a particular emoji in a separate tab. WABetaInfo reports users can only respond to one message and that there are six emojis.

This feature was spotted in WhatsApp beta for iOS. However, WhatsApp is also working to bring the same functionality to WhatsApp beta for Android.

WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp Desktop users have recently received a new custom stickers tool that allows them to create stickers from photos taken on the computer. This feature is now available for both Mac and PC users. To create their stickers, users had to use third-party apps before they could send them to WhatsApp. It is not clear when this will be made available for iOS or Android users.

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