May 21, 2018

WhatsApp Groups Improved With New Features

16 May 2018, 02:56 | Kevin Scott

WhatsApp update brings Slack-style group messaging features and new admin controls

WhatsApp Gets New Group Features, Including Descriptions, Mentions, and Admin Controls

A large WhatsApp group can get pretty tumultuous and hard to manage.

You can download WhatsApp Messenger from the App Store for free.

Starting today for both iOS and Android users, WhatsApp group chat changes will be rolled out that allow users to include a description to detail the goal, guidelines, or topics for the group. You can mute WhatsApp groups for either 8 hours, a week or for a year and even block the notifications.

Just like any feature, there is room to grow and that is what WhatsApp is doing to groups. These features are available for Android and iOS users on WhatsApp.

WhatsApp took to its blog today to introduce a series of new features for group chats. That description will show up at the top of the chat when a new person joins the group. Though, the new update will also look to ensure individuals who created a group in the first place can't be removed from the group by anyone else. The group description can be changed by group admins and participants, with admins also having the option to restrict participants from doing so. Some of these functions include changing the group subject, icon and description.

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Group catch up: One of the most demanded features in Groups was a way to find out whether someone called you out at some point and you can straight dive into it.

Inside the group info page, members can now search for other group participants.

This will be included with a brand new @ button at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, making Catch Up easily accessible and very useful to get a glimpse of activity while you're away from the discussion.

Remove admin permissions: Admins can now remove admin permissions of other group participants, and group creators can no longer be removed from the group they started.

The Facebook-owned app is also adding protections to ensure users can't be added to groups they've left multiple times.

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