Monday, 20 August, 2018

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

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Cecil Davis | 15 May, 2018, 22:58

In addition to this change for WhatsApp group chat, the service is also launching a new feature called Catch Up - allowing users to see a quick recap of messages that have mentioned or replied to you since you've been away.

The company stated that chat groups are an important part of the WhatsApp experience, and it has chose to implement improvements to the functionality. All of these features are now live for WhatsApp users on Android and iOS today.

The update comes after WhatsApp promised a new group video calling feature at the Facebook F8 conference last month. Group creators can now add a group description when creating a group, allowing them to show participants a short blurb that describes the objective, guidelines, or topics for the group. "When a new person joins a group, the description will show up at the top of the chat", the company explained in a blog post. Now in group settings, admins can now restrict who can change the group's subject, icon, and description. To check new features, however, you have to make sure that running the latest updated app.

Admins also can remove admin permissions from other participants and in a welcome change, group creators cannot be removed from the group they started.

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WhatsApp already has some nifty features which lets you remain in a group but at the same time avoid all the commotion it can become.

WhatsApp has been pretty busy this year, rolling out with new features frequently.

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. The Facebook-owned company also announced that it has made it harder for users to be re-added to groups they've left - an effort to reduce spam group invitations. With Participant search, users can find anyone in a group by searching for them on the info page.

Groups on WhatsApp have taken a central role in the messaging service that has more than 1 billion users, helping connect people with similar interests across the globe.