- The new features will be available to users from May 5, 2022.
- WhatsApp has detailed its new community feature coming to the app.
- The company also announced a bunch of other features, including the ability to share larger files, emoji responses, and more.
Updated November 4, 2022 (11:47 p.m. ET): WhatsApp announced today on its blog that it has started rolling out communities around the world. The company says the feature should be available to everyone in the next few months.
Updated May 5, 2022 (5:37 p.m. ET): WhatsApp has confirmed that the new WhatsApp community features are starting to roll out to users with the latest update.
New features include emoji responses and the ability to create groups of up to 512 people. Another major upgrade is the ability to send files up to 2GB in size, up from the previous 100MB limit. The company hopes that these new features will encourage more WhatsApp-based online communities and bring some nice quality-of-life improvements.
Original article, April 15, 2022 (12:21 PM ET): WhatsApp has officially confirmed several upcoming features. The company has written a blog post detailing all the new features coming to the chat app, including a community feature that might be one of the biggest additions to the platform in years.
According to WhatsApp, communities will encompass a collection of separate groups. They will allow organizations such as schools, local clubs and non-profit organizations to come under one roof and get things done more efficiently.
“People can receive updates sent to the entire community and easily organize smaller groups to discuss what’s important to them,” the company said in a blog post.
Community admins will get powerful tools to control which groups can be included. They will also be able to broadcast notifications to everyone in the community.
Additionally, WhatsApp ensures that chats within the community will be end-to-end encrypted.
There is no set date for when communities will enter the platform, but it shouldn’t be long.
Meanwhile, more immediate updates for WhatsApp include things we’ve been hearing about for the past few days.
Soon you’ll be able to respond to messages with emojis. Group admins will be able to remove incorrect messages from everyone’s chats. The file sharing limit will be increased to 2 GB. And finally, one-touch voice calls will now allow up to 32 people to talk to each other.
Again, there’s also no word on when all these new features will hit WhatsApp. We will update this article when we have more details.