Starting today for both iOS and Android users, WhatsApp group chat changes will be rolled out that allow users to include a description to detail the goal, guidelines, or topics for the group. These features are available for both Android and iPhone users.
The update comes after WhatsApp promised a new group video calling feature at the Facebook F8 conference last month. That description will show up at the top of the chat when a new person joins the group.
Several WhatsApp for Android Beta users might have already received this feature but it is only now being made available for all - Admin permissions.
In addition to this change for WhatsApp group chat, the service is also launching a new feature called Catch Up - allowing users to see a quick recap of messages that have mentioned or replied to you since you've been away. And there are a couple of changes directed at group chat administrators.
Group messaging has become increasingly important to WhatsApp in recent times, as users turn to the app to stay in touch not only with friends and family, but also business colleagues. 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. Now in group settings, admins can now restrict who can change the group's subject, icon, and description. While many may not be aware, WhatsApp has rolled out some group specific features as well.
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Admins also can remove admin permissions from other participants and in a welcome change, group creators cannot be removed from the group they started.
Following are the key features that have been added to revamp WhatsApp Group chat.
Finally, WhatsApp users will be able to search for participants in a group, by visiting the Group info section within a group. Now with Group catch up, you can quickly catch up on messages that people mentioned you by tapping on the new @ button that appears at the bottom right.
Users can now leave a group permanently to avoid being repeatedly added back after they have left, Facebook Inc-owned WhatsApp said in a blog post.