WhatsApp Launched New Features for Groups


In commitment to improving the app’s user experience, WhatsApp has launched new features for groups on its platform.

You would realize that various participants make use of WhatsApp groups for several purposes, including leisure, business and meetings.

WhatsApp seem to be following the footsteps of its parent company Facebook, which recently launched new tools for it’s group admins. On WhatsApp, groups are used for several purposes, including for meetings, leisure and business.

The new features which were announced on its blog. The improvement of group features is certainly a welcome idea.

Here are the new features update;

Group Description

The Group Description is a short blurb which can be found under group info that allows users to set parameters for their group. With this new feature, group admins can set the purpose, guidelines, or topics for the their group.

With this update, when a new participant joins a group, the description will show up at the top of the chat.

Admin Controls

The admin control is certainly going to be a great relieve for group admins.

This feature, which appears under the group setting, will give control to admins, allowing them to restrict who can change the group’s subject, icon, and description.

Group Catch Up

Before now, when participants are away from a group for a while, one tends to miss out on important chats or mention or reply, I due to the obviously large volume of chat conversation on the group.

With the new Group Catch Up feature, participants who had been away from a group can now quickly catch up on messages that mention or reply to them by tapping on a new @ button that appears at the bottom right corner of the chat.

Participant Search

This feature allows participants to find anyone in a group by searching for participants on the group info page.

In addition to the new features, WhatsApp Group Admins can now remove admin permissions of other group participants. Also group creators can no longer be removed from the group they started.

The messaging giant has equally introduced protection so users can’t be repeatedly added to groups they’ve left.

All these new update features are available for both Android and iPhone users. Update your app to get them.

WhatsApp Messenger was founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, both former employees of Yahoo!. It is a proprietary cross-platform instant messaging client for smartphones. It uses the Internet to send text messages, images, video, user location and audio media messages to other users using standard cellular mobile numbers. The name “WhatsApp” was used because it sounded like “what’s up. As of February 2016, WhatsApp had a user base of up to one billion, making it the most globally popular messaging application.

WhatsApp Inc. is based in Mountain View, California and has been acquired by Facebook Inc. on February 19, 2014, for approximately US$19.3 billion.

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