WhatsApp Groups Improved With New Features

Mindy Sparks
May 15, 2018

"A short blurb found under group info that allows you to set the goal, guidelines, or topics for the group".

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

Chat platform WhatsApp is giving groups a makeover with a list of new features for group conversations. 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. This should solve your daily conundrum with family WhatsApp Groups.

Here's a look at the new features and updates WhatsApp has introduced for group chats.

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.

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So, let's start with the new WhatsApp group features. Here, any group member can add a group description but the admin can restrict actions. "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. Group description is available for both iOS and Android users.

WhatsApp users can now also use the new mentions feature in groups. The feature didn't take off with the same functionality as Facebook did but it comes with better user facility now. Tapping the @ button in the bottom right of the chat will highlight any mentions and any replies to your messages. WhatsApp says the tool is created to help users quickly get up to speed inside a group after being away from the chat. Tap on it to see the messages you've missed. WhatsApp is also adding a participant search tool, which makes finding individuals easier.

Inside the group info page, members can now search for other group participants.

Other new WhatsApp group admin controls include the ability to control who can change a group's subject and icon - giving them a choice between all participants or only admins. Administrators can revoke admin permissions and also prevent the group's creator from being removed from the group. At the same time group creators can not be removed from the group they have started.

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