Latest update to WhatsApp brings new features in WhatsApp grpups

Joanna Estrada
May 15, 2018

Over the past few months WhatsApp has introduced new features for groups like making it hard for users to be re-added to groups they've left.

Group description: Now, WhatsApp will give description more prominence so that any new member to the WhatsApp Group understands the objective of the group.

Group messaging has become increasingly important to WhatsApp in recent times, as users turn to the app to stay in touch not only with friends and family, but also business colleagues. As per the new updates, now, the company has added Group description, Admin controls, Group catch up and Participant search features to revamp Groups.

WhatsApp on Tuesday announced new features for groups, and said they are now rolling out to both Android and iPhone users with the latest versions of the stable apps. This will explain the group's "purpose, guidelines, or topics" and will be visible at the top of the screen to new members. "There are also people coming together in groups on WhatsApp like new parents looking for support, students organizing study sessions, and even city leaders coordinating relief efforts after natural disasters". While many may not be aware, WhatsApp has rolled out some group specific features as well. Some of the new features include better admin control, participant search, group catch up, and more. Tapping the @ button in the bottom right of the chat will highlight any mentions and any replies to your messages.

Another new tool allows administrators to choose whether or not to restrict changes to the subject, icon, and description. With Participant search, users can find anyone in a group by searching for them on the info page.

In addition, WhatsApp has also made it harder for people to be re-added to Groups they have left. Group admins can now also remove admin permissions of other group participants, while group creators can no longer be removed from the group they created.

WhatsApp introduced mention '@' feature for group chats back in 2016.

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