WhatsApp announce a number of new Group-related features

WhatsApp announce a number of new Group-related features

The focus has till now been mostly on the app in general and one-on-one conversations. You can mute WhatsApp groups for either 8 hours, a week or for a year and even block the notifications.

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. The new features are being rolled out for Android and iPhone users globally. In a statement released on Tuesday night, WhatsApp said its users on Android and iPhone will be able to see a "short blurb found under group info that allows you to set the goal, guidelines, or topics for the group".

Another important feature being added is it lets you avoid that inconvenience when someone adds you to Groups when you actually left intentionally. With this feature, the original admin (that is the creator of the group) can now revoke admin rights of other admins of the group without having to kick them off the group and add back again. The group description will appear on top of the chat sitting just below the group name. And, these features will offer an improved user experience. You can now check on messages where you've been mentioned and reply directly. If you don't see them yet, make sure you are using the latest version of WhatsApp.

WhatsApp has also introduced new protection for users. That information can now be found by searching for participants on the group info page.

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Another feature added for the administrators ensures that they cannot be kicked out of a group that they started and can also limit and control the list of other administrators in the group, i.e. remove administrative powers from members in the group.

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

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