WhatsApp update brings Slack-style group messaging features and new admin controls

WhatsApp update brings Slack-style group messaging features and new admin controls

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 WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration. Group creators can now add a group description when creating a group, allowing them to show participants a short blurb that describes the goal, guidelines, or topics for the group. All the new features will be applicable to new and existing groups.

Here's a look at the new features and updates WhatsApp has introduced for group chats. The group description can be changed by group admins and participants, with admins also having the option to restrict participants from doing so. One new feature allows for a description of the group to be posted. While many may not be aware, WhatsApp has rolled out some group specific features as well. These features are available for Android and iOS users on WhatsApp. Though, the new update will also look to ensure individuals who created a group in the first place can't be removed from the group by anyone else.

WhatsApp has also started giving more control to group admins.

"When you've been away from a group chat, quickly catch up on messages that mention or reply to you by tapping on a new @ button that appears at the bottom right corner of the chat".

Group messaging has become increasingly important to WhatsApp in recent times, as users turn to the app to stay in touch not only with friends and family, but also business colleagues. This will help admins in particular since they wouldn't have to explain everytime the objective of the group.

It is worth noting that not all of the new features are aimed exclusively at those in charge of groups as the update also brings with it a "participant search" feature which as the name suggests lets group members more easily search for and find other groups members.