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How to stop people from adding you to WhatsApp groups + others

WhatsApp is the most used app in the world as well as the most popular messaging service. The major reason for this is that WhatsApp uses your phone’s internet connection so it attracts no additional cost. The apps keeps getting better with amazing Whatsapp features being added all the time to meet the needs of their teeming customers.

Here are some features of WhatsApp that most people aren’t familiar with.

Stop people from adding you to WhatsApp groups without your permission
It’s so annoying for you to wake up one morning and see that you’ve been added to a WhatsApp group that you’re not interested in being part of without your knowledge. There’s a WhatsApp feature that allows you to stop people from adding you to the group by following the steps below:

Launch WhatsApp on your device.
Tap the 3 vertical dots at the top right corner of your screen to reveal a drop down menu
Select Settings
Select Accounts option
Select Privacy
Select Groups
There are three options: “Everyone”, “My Contacts” and “My contacts except”. Note that Selecting “Everyone” allows anyone can add you to whatsapp groups without your permission while selecting “My Contacts” allows only your contacts to add you.
Select “My contacts except…”
Select the check sign at the top right corner of the screen to select all your contacts
Once all the contacts are selected, select the check sign at the bottom right of your screen
You will see the number of contacts excluded under groups. That should represent all the contacts saved on your phone at the moment.
You have to update the list whenever you add new contacts.
For Group Admins: Find out the number of people that have read your messages in a group
As a group admin, you send messages sometimes and people fail to respond. You wonder if they’ve read it or not. You don’t have to wonder anymore. There’s this cool WhatsApp feature that shows you the list of people who have read your whatsapp messages.


Launch WhatsApp on your device.
Locate and open your group.
Select and hold the message you want to check.
Select the information
You will see the message with a list of group members who have received or read it.
Disable preview messages or hide notifications from lock screen completely
If you want to disable whatsapp messages preview for individual messages and/or groups, follow the following steps:

Launch WhatsApp on your phone.
Tap the 3 vertical dots at the top right corner of your application to reveal a drop down menu
Select Settings
Select Notifications
Toggle off “Use high priority notification” under Messages and/or Groups. Depending on your version of whatsapp, you may see “View in Lock Screen” or “Show Message Preview”
Share live location

There are times you may need to share your live locations with people

Launch WhatsApp on your device.
Open an individual or group chat.
Tap the Attach button
Select Location
Select Share live location.
Select the length of time you’d like to share your live location. Your live location will stop being shared after the selected amount of time. Optionally, add a comment.
Tap Send.
Don’t allow media from particular groups or contacts to download to your device
You often discover that your phone storage gets filled up with whatsapp media and the phone’s functionality gets affected. You can stop the media from downloading by:

To stop saving media from all your individual chats and groups to your phone.

Launch WhatsApp on your device.
Tap the 3 vertical dots at the top right corner of your application to reveal a drop down menu
Select Settings
Select Chats
Turn off Media visibility.

Pin important conversations
The pin chat feature allows you to pin up to three specific chats to the top of your chats list so you can quickly find them.

To pin a chat

Tap and hold the chat you want to pin
Select Pin chat.
Unpin a chat

Tap and hold the pinned chat
Select Unpin chat.
Backup and Restore WhatsApp

Your phone can crash at any point in time and if your whatsapp conversations aren’t backep up, you wouldn’t be able to ever get them

There are two options for backup: Local and Online backups

Local backups

WhatsApp automatically creates a local backup on your phone’s internal storage daily. The backup file is encrypted and saved on the phone’s interna; storage. The local backup is usually created at 2:00 am every morning.

Online backups (To do online backups, you will need a Google account and a good internet connection):

Launch WhatsApp on your device.
Tap the 3 vertical dots at the top right corner of your application to reveal a drop down menu
Select Settings
Select Chats
Select Chat backup
Select Back up to Google Drive.
Select a backup frequency.
Select the Google account you’d like to back up your chat history to. Select Add account if you don’t have a connected Google account.
Select Back up over to choose the network you want to use for backups.
Online backup uses up more data so you may not do it daily and you can also choose not to download over cellular backup.

Restore from backup

WhatsApp usually stores up seven days of local backup files. To restore from backup:

Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp.
Open WhatsApp and verify your number.
Select Restore.
Select Next to view your chats. Note that your media will continue to download in the background after your chats are restored.
Restore from a local backup on another phone

If there’s a need for you to use WhatsApp on another phone, you can restore the backup from your previous phone using SD Card or any other means by following the steps below:

Install and set up WhatsApp on the new phone
Uninstall the newly setup WhatsApp from your phone
Using a file manager app, Locate and delete the WhatsApp folder in your phone’s internal storage
Insert your SD Card with the old WhatsApp backup into the new phone (If you’re not using SD Card, simply copy the WhatsApp folder from the old phone to the same location as the one deleted on the new phone and jump to step f)
Copy and paste the WhatsApp folder from the SD Card to the same location as the one deleted.
Go to document root(Internal Storage/SD Card)/WhatsApp/Databases on the new phone
Rename the backup file you want to restore from msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12 to msgstore.db.crypt12.
Install WhatsApp.
Select Restore.

Use WhatsApp on your PC
Another amazing feature of WhatsApp is the ability to use the messaging service on your PC. Using WhatsApp on your PC makes it much easier for you to access your chats using the most convenient device. To use WhatsApp on your PC:

Download and launch the desktop app or visit web.whatsapp.com

Launch WhatsApp application on your phone.
Tap the 3 vertical dots at the top right corner of your application to reveal a drop down menu
Select WhatsApp Web
There will be a QR code on the computer screen.
Tap the + sign at the top right corner of you screen to scan the QR code
WhatsApp will then open in your computer browser and you’ll be able to use it as to send messages as you would on your phone
When you’ve finished your session, remember to log out. Click on the three-dot menu above the chats list on the left hand side of the screen
Click on Log out at the bottom of the list. Ensure you log out so that anyone who logs on to your computer will not easily access your whatsapp conversations.

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