WhatsApp on Tuesday introduced new options for teams, and mentioned they’re now rolling out to each Android and iPhone customers with the most recent variations of the secure apps. Most of those new WhatsApp group options have been seen in prior Android beta builds, stable builds on either platform, or have been noticed in improvement however have been disabled by default. The brand new options embody the power to set a bunch description, new controls for WhatsApp group admins, a mentions feature, in addition to participant search. All the brand new options will likely be relevant to new and current teams.
So, let’s begin with the brand new WhatsApp group options. Group creators can now add a bunch description when creating a bunch, permitting them to point out members a brief blurb that describes the aim, tips, or subjects for the group. The group description could be modified by group admins and members, with admins additionally having the choice to limit members from doing so.
Different new WhatsApp group admin controls embody the power to regulate who can change a bunch’s topic and icon – giving them a alternative between all members or solely admins. Group admins can now additionally take away admin permissions of different group members, whereas group creators can not be faraway from the group they created.
WhatsApp customers can now additionally use the brand new mentions characteristic in teams. Additionally referred to as ‘group catch up’, the characteristic lets customers discover these messages by which they’ve been talked about, or these messages that reply to them. To seek out these messages, WhatsApp group customers will solely need to faucet the @ button that now seems on the bottom-right nook of the chat.
Lastly, WhatsApp customers will have the ability to seek for members in a bunch, by visiting the Group information part inside a bunch. The Fb-owned firm additionally introduced that it has made it tougher for customers to be re-added to teams they’ve left – an effort to cut back spam group invites.
Saying the brand new options in an emailed assertion, WhatsApp mentioned, “Teams have been an vital a part of the WhatsApp expertise, whether or not it is members of the family connecting throughout the globe or childhood associates staying in contact through the years. There are additionally folks coming collectively in teams on WhatsApp like new dad and mom searching for help, college students organising research periods, and even metropolis leaders coordinating reduction efforts after pure disasters. Right this moment, we’re sharing enhancements that we have made to teams.”