How to Prevent Being Added to Groups on Instagram

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If you’re a regular Instagram user, you are probably quite familiar with the situation where an account adds you to a group chat out of the blue. This may be someone you follow, but regardless of your connection with them, being forced into a group you may not want to be part of is quite irritating. If you’ve been searching for ways to put a stop to this exasperating behavior, this article looks at some routes you can take to prevent being added to groups on Instagram.

How to Stop People You Follow From Adding You to Groups

By default, your followers can easily add you to group chats without asking your permission. It can be highly distracting, but fortunately, there’s something you can do to make this less irritating: mute the discussions to prevent getting new message notifications.

Go to Direct and open the message thread in question, then select the “i” button in the upper-right corner to bring up Details.

How To Prevent Users From Adding In Groups Info Chat

From here, you can “Mute messages” so you won’t be bothered by whatever is happening in the chat.

How To Prevent Users From Adding In Groups Details Mute Messages

Alternatively, if you really don’t want to be in there, find the Admin who created the group at the bottom and tap on the three-dot menu next to their account name. This will bring up three options: Block, Report and Restrict.

How To Prevent Users From Adding In Groups Details Admin Settings

How to Stop Strangers or Bots from Adding You to Groups

This one is a bit trickier to solve. Unfortunately, Instagram does not allow users with personal accounts to control who adds them to groups. Basically, everyone with an Instagram and knowledge of your account name can add you, even if your profile is private.

What you can do is disable push notifications so that you won’t be alerted when someone tries to add you to a random group chat.

Quickly Disable Group Request Alerts

1. Open Instagram on your phone.

2. Tap on your profile picture in the lower-right corner of the display.

How To Prevent Users From Adding In Groups Profile Picture

3. Next, tap on the hamburger menu in the upper-right corner.

How To Prevent Users From Adding In Groups Hamburger Menu

4. Click on the gear icon at the bottom to bring up Settings.

How To Prevent Users From Adding In Groups Profile Settings

5. Select Notifications.

How To Prevent Users From Adding In Groups Notifications

6. Find and click on “Direct Messages.”

7. Scroll down until you find “Group Requests” and turn the option Off.

How To Prevent Users From Adding In Groups Turn Off Notifications Groups

Thankfully, Instagram doesn’t just let anyone flood your inbox with messages. Instead, non-followers who want to reach out will be shown in a discrete Requests folder, which you can access from the upper-right corner in Direct. Tap on the notification to see the requests and open any of the conversation threads.

How To Prevent Users From Adding In Groups View Request Folder

From here, you can easily block the account who has added you to the group simply by tapping on the dedicated button at the bottom or press the Delete button. That doesn’t guarantee the account won’t try to add you again later, so the best solution would be simply to Block.

How To Prevent Users From Adding In Groups Accept Block Request

What if you inadvertently pressed on the third button and accepted the request? Simply go back to your Direct messages and long tap on the conversation to delete it. Or you can keep it and mute it instead by selecting “Mute Messages” from the pop-up menu at the bottom.

How To Prevent Users From Adding In Groups Remove Chat

Alternatively, open the chat, tap on the “i” button in the upper-right corner and select the red “Leave Chat” button.

How To Prevent Users From Adding In Groups Leave Chat

How to Stop Others from Adding Your Business Account to Groups

For those with a business account, things are a bit easier. Instagram is currently in the process of rolling out a feature which offers the means to prevent random accounts from adding you to unwanted groups.

Instagram has been testing the new option with a limited number of accounts, so it might not be showing on your device just yet.

How To Prevent Users From Adding In Groups Business Account Privacy

If you have the option, you should be able to find it under “Settings -> Privacy -> Messages.” Here, you should go to the “Allow others to add you to groups“ section and tick the “Only people you follow” option.

How To Prevent Users From Adding In Groups Business Account Message Settings

If there’s no “Messages” option under the Interactions in Privacy, check back later to see if the option has been made available in your area. You could also try accessing your business account on another device and see if the feature appears there.

Now that you know how to prevent being added to groups on Instagram, you should also learn how to create your own Instagram filter and how to use the app on your computer for a change.

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Alexandra Arici Alexandra Arici

Alexandra is passionate about mobile tech and can be often found fiddling with a smartphone from some obscure company. She kick-started her career in tech journalism in 2013, after working a few years as a middle-school teacher. Constantly driven by curiosity, Alexandra likes to know how things work and to share that knowledge with everyone.

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