Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

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

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Doris Mccormick | 16 May, 2018, 02:58

The new version of the app for iOS and Android enables groups to add a description setting out the goal, guidelines and topics for the group chat. This will help admins in particular since they wouldn't have to explain everytime the goal of the group.

The new feature will allow WhatsApp to rival the likes of Skype, but we don't know when it'll be rolling out to the wider user base.

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

So, let's start with the new WhatsApp group features. Announcing all-new updates for WhatsApp Groups, the company stressed on the fact that Groups has been a very important part of the WhatsApp experience and it wants to further improve it. The description pops up at the top whenever someone new joins in.

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Messaging service WhatsApp rolled out new group-chat features on Tuesday, including more controls for administrators as well as regular group members. Tapping on the symbol will allow members to see all messages that mention them since their last visit to the group, or reply to a previous message that they sent. 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.

You'll now be able to find anyone in a group (especially in those large groups) by searching for them on the group info page.

However, perhaps the most handy feature is the new "group catch up" tool, which will help users keep track of active groups, while they're away.

The first change gives groups a brief description to help clarify the objective and guidelines for the group chat. As for those who do wish to leave a group permanently, the new update also includes a safeguard to avoid those users being re-added to a group once again. 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.

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