WhatsApp is rolling out new Group features starting today to Android users.

Today WhatsApp announced in a blog post a bunch of new features for Groups. Some of the features were already there since last March and I blogged about them here ^(http://appmarsh.com/2018/03/it-is-now-possible-to-add-description.html), but for some reason, WhatsApp is referring to these features as new. Maybe they were not available to anyone, but this announcement makes all these Group features available to all Android and iPhone users today.

Here’s what’s new:

  • Group description: A short blurb found under group info that allows you to set the purpose, guidelines, or topics for the group. When a new person joins a group, the description will show up at the top of the chat.
  • 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.
  • Group catch up: When you’ve been away from a group chat, quickly catch up on messages that mention or reply to you by tapping on a new @ button that appears at the bottom right corner of the chat.
  • Participant search: Find anyone in a group by searching for participants on the group info page.
  • Admins can now remove admin permissions of other group participants, and group creators can no longer be removed from the group they started.

WhatsApp is also introducing a feature that prevents users from being repeatedly added back to groups they left. As I said above, these features are rolling out today, but may not be readily available in all regions. Check it out in Google Play Store.

Source: WhatsApp

Author: Marshmallow

Marshmallow Android is BT Ireland’s Head of Sales for Republic of Ireland domestic multi-site companies, indigenous MNCs and public sector accounts. He is responsible for the direction and control of all sales activity in the region. He has over 10 years management experience from high growth start-ups to more established businesses. He’s led teams in Ireland, India and China across various industries (ICT, On-Line Recruitment, Corporate Training and International Education).

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