WhatsApp for Android has recently got a new update. After the update (V2.18.204), if you are the admin of a group, you can limit the permission to send a message to a group to just the admins of that particular group. This can come in handy particularly when your group is meant solely for information purpose and you do not want the participants of the group to spam it unnecessarily.
On top of the “only admins can send” feature, the latest update brings in a bunch of other useful features as well. Note that these features were rolled out back in the month of May as a part of the Beta testing program and now WhatsApp has pushed them globally to all the devices. So, in case you still have not tried them, you can do that now.
In order to restrict the permission of sending a message to just the admins, all you need to do is to head to Group Settings on the Group Info menu and select Send Messages. From there, you can set the permissions to All Participants which is there by default or you can set it to Only Admins.
Talking about the rest of the changes, here are the new features which have been added to the app after the latest update:
1. Better admin controls
Starting off with the new admin controls, WhatsApp has changed the way people maintain the control of a group. For starters, the admins of a group now get to choose as to which members of the group can get to change the subject, icon, and description of the group. On top of that, admins can remove admin permissions from other admins.
They, however, cannot remove them from the group and in case you got alarmed, nobody can remove the group owners. So, if you are one, you have the immunity.
The next big feature is catch-up. Now, this is by far the most practical feature which has been rolled out in a while. Have you ever entered a group conversation which has a considerable amount of unread messages and found yourself lost in the flood?
Luckily, with the catch-up feature, you can get to know if someone has mentioned you in the conversation you have missed out on. After the update, you would find a new @ button floating right above the microphone button, tapping which would inform you about any mention or reply in the chat.
3. Participant search
The next feature is participant search. The feature does what the name suggests. You can now search for the participants in the group in the group info menu. This would come in handy if the group has a large number of participants.
You can download the latest update from the Google Play Store or you can get it directly from the button below.
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