Bigger and better WhatsApp groups? Your playfield set to expand; Check new update

    WhatsApp groups are all set to change forever with a new feature What is it? How is it different from groups? All answers here.
    By HT TECH
    | Updated on Dec 28 2021, 09:46 AM IST
    WhatsApp groups will be expanded to enable the creation of Communities.
    WhatsApp groups will be expanded to enable the creation of Communities. (Shutterstock)
    WhatsApp groups will be expanded to enable the creation of Communities.
    WhatsApp groups will be expanded to enable the creation of Communities. (Shutterstock)

    WhatsApp has been quite active about rolloing out new features and updates throughout the year. Now, with the arrival of 2022, reports suggest that WhatsApp is about to roll out a new beta update for iOS users. The update is expected to reveal a new feature that will allow WhatsApp users to create Communities, reported WABetaInfo, which keeps track of all the new features that are being rolled out on the instant messaging platform.

    This WhatsApp Communities feature was also spotted on the beta update for Android users a few weeks ago. For those who don't know, WhatsApp has been working on this Communities feature for a while. According to the screenshots and information shared by WABetaInfo, people will be able to create Community chats, just like a current group in WhatsApp, but these will be much larger in every way.

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    How will Communities be different from WhatsApp groups?

    Community is like a roof for various other WhatsApp groups or individuals to communicate for a single issue, but there can be multiple sub-groups within a community. That means it will be able to include a larger number of members. According to the information by WABetaInfo, the admin will be able to choose and link up to 10 groups in a community.

    The community will have a name and description just like the WhatsApp group. Also, only the admin will be able to add someone directly to the community, or someone can be joined using the Community invite link leaks suggested. Though, the major difference till now seems is that the admin of the community will have more control, who will be able to broadcast messages on the community. Besides this, the community icon will appear in the square layout to distinguish it from the other groups.

    When will WhatsApp Communities be released?

    The 'Community' feature is under development for the WhatsApp beta version of Android as well as iOS. When we can expect the feature is completely uncertain right now, as there is no official information from the meta-owned instant messaging application. But the next beta update is expected to bring the Community feature. Till then, we just have to wait for more updates.

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    First Published Date: 28 Dec, 09:46 AM IST
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