WhatsApp has started rolling out the updated group privacy settings globally after many troubles faced with misinformation being spread out through the platform, especially in the group chats. Earlier WhatsApp allowed users to choose who can add them to a group, with an option to choose ‘nobody’. Now, with a little improvement to this privacy setting, WhatsApp is rolling out the feature to users worldwide on both Android and posit was initially spotted for beta users.
It has been also reported that when you create a new contact to your phone you will have to manually add that additional person to the list. The’ My Contacts’ option will let the newly added contact in your list to add you to groups, and the’ Everyone’ option won’t add any restriction.
If you have chosen any of the new options from the updated group privacy settings so the admin who is restricted from adding you to a group will have to send you a private invite link through an individual or private chat. You’ll have three days to accept the invite before it expires. This gives you the choice to select whether you want to join the group or not.
Some of you might be thinking about where to find the updated privacy settings for groups. It involves a few uncomplicated steps.
- Firstly, you need to go to the Settings menu of your WhatsApp.
- Then click on Account > Privacy > Groups.
- After this, you’ll there find the My Contacts Except… option that sits next to the existing Everyone and My Contacts.
- It gives you the power to select which of your contacts can add you to a group on the instant messages.
Apart from the new group privacy setting, WhatsApp has also started to rollout consecutive voice note playback feature to WhatsApp Web. With the new feature, if you receive multiple voice messages on a chat, you will just have to click play on the first voice note and all other consecutive ones will play one after the other. This, of course, won’t work if the series of voice notes you receive is disturbed by some other message or media file.
Nevertheless, WhatsApp has now introduced the updated group privacy settings to both Android and phone users. It is, however, advisable to install the latest WhatsApp version on your device to get the new experience.