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

Above Whats App Catch Up

Above Whats App Catch Up

Groups are an important part of WhatsApp as they're used by families and friends to stay in touch with each other and even business teams to get work done.

The new version of the app for iOS and Android enables groups to add a description setting out the goal, guidelines and topics for the group chat. The new group chat features are rolling out now worldwide to both iOS and Android users with the latest versions of their respective apps. At one time, Facebook said there were over a billion groups on WhatsApp, which was as numerous as the number of active users on the platform. The description pops up at the top whenever someone new joins in. As per the new updates, now, the company has added Group description, Admin controls, Group catch up and Participant search features to revamp Groups. The new features are going to be of particular interest to larger groups, but it will appeal to smaller groups of chatters as well.

WhatsApp admins have been given a new control under group settings that allows them to do a bunch of things that includes restricting who can change the groups's icon, description or subject. The latest update comes after the chat app gained compatibility with Instagram and Facebook videos, a feature announced during parent company Facebook's F8 conference last week. Also called "group catch up", the feature lets users find those messages in which they have been mentioned, or those messages that reply to them.

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"Voice and video calling are very popular on WhatsApp, and we're excited to share that group calling will be coming in the months ahead". To find these messages, WhatsApp group users will only have to tap the @ button that now appears at the bottom-right corner of the chat.

Remove admin permissions: Admins can now remove admin permissions of other group participants, and group creators can no longer be removed from the group they started. On May 15, WhatsApp announced several updates to group chats that allow members to catch up on what they've missed quickly while giving administrators additional controls.

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