Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Texting & Messaging WhatsApp Group Links: Find and Join the WhatsApp Group of Your Choice You don't always need an invitation directly from an admin By Elise Moreau Freelance Contributor Elise Moreau is a writer that has covered social media, texting, messaging, and streaming for Lifewire. Her work has appeared on Techvibes, SlashGear, Lifehack and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Elise Moreau Updated March 02, 2020 Texting & Messaging Email Texting & Messaging Video Calls Tweet Share Email WhatsApp groups are great for chatting with multiple people. Sadly, WhatsApp doesn't have a search function you can use to search for different groups to join because the app is meant to be a messaging platform—not a social network. Keeping groups closed from search is also good because it prevents spam and helps protect group members' privacy. While most WhatsApp groups are meant to be kept private and shared only among close friends, some group admins allow almost anyone to join by providing group invite links to the public, often published online. The trick is finding these types of groups and their invite links. Here are a few places to look. If you want to join an existing group on WhatsApp, the only way to do so is by receiving an invite. Only existing group admin members can send out invites by generating an invite link from the group. Once an invitee clicks on the link, they'll be able to join the group from within WhatsApp. Search Google for WhatsApp Group Directory Websites There are some websites out there that are entirely dedicated to accepting WhatsApp group submissions and listing their invite links publicly for anyone to join. You can easily find them by searching Google for terms like "whatsapp group links," "whatsapp group invite" and more. A simple Google search turns up results like WhatsGroupLink.com and Group Links.com. WhatsGroupLink.com keeps an updated directory of public WhatsApp groups to join. The site is so popular that it has over 70,000 social shares. Select a category from the top to go to it directly or scroll down to see a list of group names in each category. Once you've found a group you're interested in joining, select it to open the corresponding WhatsApp group link in a new tab, then select the green JOIN CHAT button to access and join the group from your WhatsApp account. You can join WhatsApp groups this way even if you're browsing for them on a desktop web browser — as long as you have the WhatsApp desktop app installed on your computer. GroupLinks.com functions in a similar way, but instead lists each group in a grid with a feature photo. Select the green Load More button to see more groups. When you find a group you want to join, select it, then select the green JOIN CHAT button that pops over the screen. The WhatsApp invite link for the group will open in a new tab and you can select the green JOIN CHAT button again to send to to your WhatsApp account in order to join. Be careful what you click on. These sites aren't affiliated with WhatsApp and there's always a risk that they could lead to spam or scams. Official WhatsApp group invite links should look like this: chat.whatsapp.com/invite/XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Beware of links that look different or any site that asks you to download something or enter your personal information. Search the App Store or Google Play for WhatsApp Group Directory Apps Similar to the third-party sites mentioned above, you might be able to find mobile apps from third-party developers designed to list WhatsApp group links to join. Try searching for "whatsapp groups" on the App Store or in Google Play to see what comes up. The selection of apps is pretty slim. There are only a rare few poorly rated apps designed to serve as directories for WhatsApp groups on Google Play and there's only one that can be found on the App Store called Groups for WhatsApp. The app has a clean and simple interface with an easy to use category tab to find new groups by interest (in 25 categories). Once you've selected a group, simply tap the green Join Group button to open it and join it in your WhatsApp app. Groups for WhatsApp hasn't been updated since April of 2018. It's unclear whether it's still being maintained by its developer. Search Social Networks and Forums for Users Sharing Their Group Links The final place you can search for WhatsApp groups and links to join them is on your favorite social networks or forums. Here are some suggestions on where and how to look: Facebook: Search "whatsapp groups" and then select the Groups filter. Some Facebook groups exist only to encourage people to share their group links and help others discover them.Tumblr: Search "whatsapp groups" or "whatsapp group links" to find posts from people sharing group links or entire blogs dedicated entirely to featuring groups to join.Reddit: Search "whatsapp group links" and browse through the thread results. The most relevant ones will likely involve promoting public WhatsApp groups for other users to join, but you might want to try sorting results by newest if you notice that most of the results you're getting were posted a year a go or earlier. In forums, use the search function (usually located at the top, above all the topics) to search terms like "whatsapp group" or simply even just "whatsapp" to see what kind of thread topics or replies come up. Since forums are still a popular place online where people can discuss shared topics of interest, you might be able to find postings that include WhatsApp group links to encourage forum users to take their discussion off the desktop web and onto a mobile platform. Not everyone on social networks or in forums will be willing to share their WhatsApp group link publicly in a post. Some group admins may ask you to message them directly if you want to receive an invite.