WhatsApp starts rolling out Blacklist Contact feature: here’s how it works

“The new Blacklist feature will let you stop contacts from adding you in unwanted WhatsApp groups”

WhatsApp by Facebook has added a new privacy feature to its platform. Users of the popular messaging app can now blacklist contacts from adding them to unwanted WhatsApp groups. Users will have to update their WhatsApp version to the 2.19.110.20 for iOS (not available yet for all users) and 2.19.298 for Android to receive the updated Groups settings. You will be able to see the option to blacklist contacts under Privacy with the latest update. 

How to blacklist WhatsApp contacts

  1. To activate the feature, go to the Settings menu and tap on Privacy, where you will see the Groups option.
  2. Here, the options will include ‘Everyone’, ‘My contacts’, and ‘My contacts except…’.
  3. Choosing the last option will take you to a new page with a list of all your contacts – just pick and ones you want to blacklist and hit the check mark at the bottom right corner.

That’s all you need to do to blacklist a WhatsApp contact!

WhatsApp has removed the ‘Nobody’ option and added ‘My contacts except…’ on the Group Privacy Settings that allow you to blacklist contacts. Apart from ‘My contacts except…’, the Group Privacy Settings also include ‘Everyone’ and ‘My contacts’ options.

The blacklist feature is slightly different from WhatsApp’s block feature. The latter bars other people from seeing your Last Seen/ Online status, profile photo, send messages, or make calls. The WhatsApp Blacklist feature, meanwhile, will only blocks group admins from adding you in a group. The blacklisted contacts can only invite you to join the group. Such contacts will still be able to message you, contact you, or see your profile photo, and Last Seen. 

In related news, WhatsApp has started rolling out new privacy settings for Groups that allow users to choose who can add them to Groups globally. The settings were initially limited to Indian users. However, following the new update, more users across the country will be able to use the new privacy features, including the blacklist one. Apart from this, WhatsApp is also working on a new dark mode feature, which is expected to roll out to the end-users soon.