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WhatsApp launches new Groups features

WhatsApp launches new Groups features”

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. Now, WhatsApp has further improved the feature with a set of new tools including Group description, Admin controls, Group catch up, Participant search, and more.

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. 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. 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. This feature can be found under "Group Info".

Having grown from a simple text-only chat app into a fully-featured service that offers voice chat and support for many forms of multimedia, these changes to WhatsApp group chat among others were well warranted.

WhatsApp introduced mention '@' feature for group chats back in 2016. "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. The feature didn't take off with the same functionality as Facebook did but it comes with better user facility now. Tap on it to see the messages you've missed.

WhatsApp Groups has been one of the platforms that has immensely helped people connect with select friends and family. With Participant search, users can find anyone in a group by searching for them on the info page.

WhatsApp has also started giving more control to group admins.

Admin controls:In group settings, there's now a control that allows admins to restrict who can change the group's subject, icon, and description.

Administrators can no longer be removed from a group they created and users can now quickly locate messages that mention them in a group conversation. At the same time group creators can not be removed from the group they have started.



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