Group creators can now add a group description when creating a group, allowing them to show participants a short blurb that describes the objective, guidelines, or topics for the group. The new features include the ability to set a group description, new controls for WhatsApp group admins, a mentions feature, as well as participant search.
Group description: Now, WhatsApp will give description more prominence so that any new member to the WhatsApp Group understands the objective of the group.
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 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.
These features are available for Android and iPhone users today. While many may not be aware, WhatsApp has rolled out some group specific features as well.
Admin controls: WhatsApp has been rumoured to be working on admin controls for improving Groups experience for a long time.
Group catch up: One of the most demanded features in Groups was a way to find out whether someone called you out at some point and you can straight dive into it. In group settings, administrators can restrict who can change the group's subject, icon, and description.
Finally, WhatsApp users will be able to search for participants in a group, by visiting the Group info section within a group. Now with Group catch up, you can quickly catch up on messages that people mentioned you by tapping on the new @ button that appears at the bottom right.
In addition, WhatsApp has also made it harder for people to be re-added to Groups they have left.
WhatsApp is also adding a participant search tool, which makes finding individuals easier.
Admins also can remove admin permissions from other participants and in a welcome change, group creators cannot be removed from the group they started.