New group chat features arrive on WhatsApp starting today

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While Group admins get more controls, users get more protection against spam as well as a new button to catch up on group messages.

The new version of the app for iOS and Android enables groups to add a description setting out the objective, guidelines and topics for the group chat. One new feature allows for a description of the group to be posted.


Another new tool allows administrators to choose whether or not to restrict changes to the subject, icon, and description. Users can also search for participants in the group info page and start a private conversation. These new features will be included in the stable Android and iOS versions of the app. In addition, those with an admin status now have the ability to remove permissions of other group members including those with an admin status.

Another important feature being added is it lets you avoid that inconvenience when someone adds you to Groups when you actually left intentionally. This would prevent abuse by members of large groups, especially mischievous members who could potentially mess such details of the group.


Group video calling is also heading to the app, expanding the previous calls feature that only allowed video chats between two people. You can now check on messages where you've been mentioned and reply directly. And, these features will offer an improved user experience. If you don't see them yet, make sure you are using the latest version of WhatsApp. There are also people coming together in groups on WhatsApp like new parents looking for support, students organising study sessions, and even city leaders coordinating relief efforts after natural disasters. Considering that Indian users account for roughly 250 million of WhatsApp's 1.5 billion monthly active users, it's a risky group to annoy. Here, one thing very important is that the other group admin can not remove the creator of the group from it.


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