WHATSAPP is making a big change to group chats that will make them a lot less annoying.
If you’ve ever been in a group chat that was just too busy, that’s good news for you.
WhatsApp recently started testing maximum group sizes of up to 1,024 people.
To deal with this, WhatsApp is testing a new feature that will automatically mute very large groups when you join them.
The feature was discovered by the sniffer dogs at WABetaInfowho dug up the details in WhatsApp’s beta testing app.
Auto-mute turns on when you try to join a group with more than 256 or 512 participants.
“You can of course unmute it if you want to continue receiving notifications from large groups,” WABetaInfo explained.
“But this automatic action is useful because it can save you some time.”
Of course, it’s currently impossible to have a group larger than 512 members on the live version of WhatsApp.
And it’s unclear when exactly these changes will roll out to the general public.
Earlier this week, it emerged that WhatsApp was testing massive group sizes.
Whatsapp Group size was originally limited to 100 people before changing to 256 people in 2016.
Then, earlier this year, WhatsApp upped that to a frankly whopping 512 people.
WhatsApp is now testing maximum group sizes of up to 1,024 participants.
That’s not the only new group chat feature WhatsApp is working on.
WhatsApp is also building something called Communities.
Communities are basically large groups that contain WhatsApp group chats.
But having multiple groups can be chaotic at times — and hard to keep track of.
When it’s in place, you’ll be able to notify multiple groups at once.
For example, you might have a study group that contains many smaller groups.
Or maybe your neighborhood would have a community that splits into separate groups to educate and complain about neighborhood issues.
“It’s a private place where group admins have more control over some groups on WhatsApp, available in a future update of the app,” WABetaInfo said.
“It’s like a group chat, and group admins can link other groups in the community.”
WABetaInfo added: “It will be possible to reach everyone at once by sending messages to all participants of these groups connected to the community.”
Unfortunately, Meta-owned WhatsApp has not confirmed when this feature will be rolling out to the general public.
If you want to join the WhatsApp beta and try the latest features first, follow our guide below.
How to get WhatsApp beta
To download WhatsApp Beta for your smartphone, you need to go to Google Play on your smartphone Android and search for whatsapp.
Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.
Tap the “I’m in” button, then tap “Join” to confirm.
Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.
Join the WhatsApp beta iOS is more difficult and has a limited capacity.
Follow Apple’s instructions here.
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