New group chat features arrive on WhatsApp starting today

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

WhatsApp update brings Slack-style group messaging features and new admin controls

Over the past few months WhatsApp has introduced new features for groups like making it hard for users to be re-added to groups they've left.

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.

The company stated that chat groups are an important part of the WhatsApp experience, and it has chose to implement improvements to the functionality. As per the new updates, now, the company has added Group description, Admin controls, Group catch up and Participant search features to revamp Groups.

WhatsApp gave examples of how come together in groups on WhatsApp like new parents looking for support, students organising study sessions, and city leaders coordinating relief efforts after natural disasters. WhatsApp Groups can have as many as 256 people and this will make this easy to do. The group description will appear on top of the chat sitting just below the group name.

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

There are also new admin controls that restrict who can change items like the subject, icon and the description.

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.

Inside the group info page, members can now search for other group participants. Tapping the @ button in the bottom right of the chat will highlight any mentions and any replies to your messages.

Several WhatsApp for Android Beta users might have already received this feature but it is only now being made available for all - Admin permissions.

Group video calling is also heading to the app, expanding the previous calls feature that only allowed video chats between two people. In WhatsApp group admins now have the power to remove permissions for other group members.

The Facebook-owned app is also adding protections to ensure users can't be added to groups they've left multiple times.

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