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Here’s a look at the new features and updates WhatsApp has introduced for group chats

Here’s a look at the new features and updates WhatsApp has introduced for group chats.(WhatsApp)

WhatsApp has been pretty busy this year, rolling out with new features frequently. The focus has till now been mostly on the app in general and one-on-one conversations. While many may not be aware, WhatsApp has rolled out some group specific features as well.

WhatsApp already has some nifty features which lets you remain in a group but at the same time avoid all the commotion it can become. You can mute WhatsApp groups for either 8 hours, a week or for a year and even block the notifications. Over the past few months WhatsApp has introduced new features for groups like making it difficult for users to be re-added to groups they’ve left.

Here’s a look at the new features and updates WhatsApp has introduced for group chats. These features are available for Android and iOS users on WhatsApp.

Group description 
Introduced this February, WhatsApp allows users to add descriptions to their groups. This feature can be found under ‘Group Info’. Here, any group member can add a group description but the admin can restrict actions. The group description will appear on top of the chat sitting just below the group name. Group description is available for both iOS and Android users.

Group mentions 
WhatsApp introduced mention ‘@’ feature for group chats back in 2016. The feature didn’t take off with the same functionality as Facebook did but it comes with better user facility now. You can now check on messages where you’ve been mentioned and reply directly. As you scroll through the unread group chats on WhatsApp you will see the ‘@’ icon on the side. Tap on it to see the messages you’ve missed.

When you’ve been away from a group chat, you can catch up on messages that mention or reply to you by tapping on a new @ button. (WhatsApp)

Participant search, admin controls 
WhatsApp has also made it easier for people to search for group participants online. You can simply search for any participant by going to the ‘Group Info’ page.

WhatsApp has also started giving more control to group admins. In WhatsApp group admins now have the power to remove permissions for other group members. Some of these functions include changing the group subject, icon and description. At the same time group creators cannot be removed from the group they have started. 

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