WhatsApp rolls out new features for group chats

16 May 2018 | By Bhavika Bhuwalka
WhatsApp gets new group chat-focused features

WhatsApp has officially rolled out a slew of new features for group chats on both Android and iOS.

Some users might already be accessing these features since they have been in beta build for some time now.

The new features, applicable to existing and new group chats, give more control to both group admins and participants.

In context: WhatsApp gets new group chat-focused features

16 May 2018WhatsApp rolls out new features for group chats

Group DescriptionGet a brief sense of groups' purpose with group description

The feature allows users to add descriptions to their group chats, much like individual status updates.

The maximum limit for a group description is 500 characters. New members will see the group description at the top of the chat.

The feature aims at describing "the purpose, guidelines, or topics for the group" by way of a short blurb.

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Control who can edit group info with expanded admin controls

Admin ControlsControl who can edit group info with expanded admin controls

Group chat admins can now choose who can edit the group's subject, icon, and description: all members or only group admins.

The feature aims at restricting unwanted edits and offering a certain level of moderation to huge and formal groups.

Further, admins can revoke the admin rights of other fellow admins and "group creators can no longer be removed from a group they started."

Group Catch UpQuickly view messages that mention or reply to you

The "group catch up" or "mentions" feature lets users find those messages in which they have been mentioned or that are in reply to their messages by simply tapping on a new @ button that appears at the bottom right corner of the chat.

It allows users to catch up on a conversation and not miss any important messages addressed to them.

Participant SearchSearch for group participants from the group info screen

WhatsApp has introduced a search bar on the group info screen inside group chats. This allows users to search the list of group participants directly from that space, without having to enter the chat.

Another functionality finally stops users from repeatedly getting added to groups they have left. This is aimed at protecting users and reducing spam group invitations.