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WhatsApp users can now add up to 512 members to a group

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  • WhatsApp users will now be able to create a bigger group with up to 512 participants.
  • The current group size limit is 256 people for a stable version.
  • It is now being rolled out to everyone who is using the beta version.

WhatsApp, last month, announced a new feature for group chats that would enable group admins to add up to 512 participants to a group. Now, the company has finally started rolling out the feature to all its users globally.

WhatsApp had earlier announced a new feature for group chats that would allow users to add many participants to a group.

According to recent reports,

the tech company has started rolling out the feature to create and join larger groups on the messaging platform which was only available for Android and iOS beta users until now.

The new feature will allow admins to add 512 participants to a WhatsApp group. The update was released today.

According to a WABetaInfo report, you will now be able to include 512 people in one chat through the latest WhatsApp version available for Android and iOS. Once installed, the latest update will automatically change the participant limit. However, you can create a new Group, select a single participant from your contact list and check what it says about adding more members.

WhatsApp is reportedly working on Google Drive

While a group of 512 people may be difficult to keep up with on a messaging platform, it will definitely prove useful to organizations that use WhatsApp for their day-to-day communication with large numbers of employees. Furthermore, WhatsApp is reportedly working on Google Drive exports of your backup data. It is also introducing tweaks to the status feature of the app to let you change it more easily and quickly.

WhatsApp is also working on another way to manage multiple group chats efficiently: Communities. A community will appear as a new tab (like Status and Calls) within the app. It will contain many groups, allowing admins to send announcements and updates to all participants in one go. Since last year, WhatsApp Communities has been in the rumor mill, but the official announcement only came last month. The latest blog post reiterated the company’s commitment to ensuring the feature starts arriving for users soon, following a positive reception after last month’s announcement.

WhatsApp reactions

Aside from the above in-progress features, the company announced two new additions that are already rolling out widely: reactions and an increased file sharing size limit. Per the latter, you’ll now be able to send files up to 2GB in size at once on WhatsApp, a massive jump from the previous limit of 100MB. Since last month it’s been in beta, and it’s finally rolling out to users. Meanwhile, reactions allow users to respond directly to messages on the platform with six emoji (although that number should increase with time) without crowding the chat with individual replies. Here’s how you can learn to use WhatsApp reactions yourself.

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