WhatsApp Brings Updated Group Privacy Settings to Android and iOS

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Popular messaging app WhatsApp has recently unveiled the group privacy setting for Indian users. And now, WhatsApp has started testing this feature in other markets around the world. This feature was spotted in the latest beta of WhatsApp Messenger. The updated group privacy setting has some tweaks to that of what we have seen in the setting that was set for Indian users.

In the updated setting, instead of the Nobody option that was available earlier in Group Privacy Settings – wherein no user could add you to a group without consent – a new Blacklist option has been introduced. Apart from this, the new setting also introduced the ability to listen to voice messages consecutively on the desktop version of the app as well.

As reported by WhatsApp tracker WABetaInfo, the updated group privacy setting is remotely being activated in iOS beta version 2.19.110.20 and Android beta version 2.19.298. Additionally, the new Blacklist feature will also be added with the latest update, that wasn’t introduced before. WABetaInfo recommends backing up chat history and reinstalling WhatsApp to get the latest configurations and activating the feature.

Check for the new option by going to WhatsApp Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups. The three options that now show up include Everyone, My Contacts, and My Contacts Except. When the feature first rolled out, there was a Nobody option, instead of the My Contacts Except option. This new option will let you select the users who have to gain approval before adding you to a group. You can either select a few users or click on the Select All option to include the entire contact list.

WABetaInfo also notes that adding new contacts to your phone will require you to go and manually add that additional person to the list. The My Contacts option, on the other hand, will enable users you have in your address book to add you to groups, and the Everyone option won’t add any restriction.

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