The big WhatsApp update will change your group chats forever – how you get it

WHATSAPP announced a big change to group chats on Thursday.

The messaging app introduces Communities, which are basically large groups containing WhatsApp group chats.

WhatsApp launches communities worldwide


WhatsApp launches communities worldwideCredit: WhatsApp

They allow people to bring disparate groups together under one roof to keep them more organized.

For example, if you have multiple group chats associated with your family or a sports team you play for, you can organize them into a community.

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, which owns WhatsApp, said the feature offers a new way to organize your groups.

Zuck said, “Communities make groups better by enabling subgroups, multiple threads, announcement channels, and more.”

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Groups are one of the most popular ways to chat within the Meta custom app.

But having multiple groups can be chaotic at times — and hard to keep track of.

Communities aims to simplify this process and has months in development.

Each community is like a giant “group” for your existing WhatsApp groups.

According to WhatsApp, communities allow people to send updates to their entire community in a single message.

It also makes it easier to organize smaller discussion groups within a WhatsApp group.

Communities will also include powerful new tools for admins, including announcement messages sent to everyone and control over which groups can be included.

WhatsApp started rolling out Communities on Thursday and will be available to everyone over the next few months.

The chat app also introduces the ability to create polls in chats, allowing people to quickly vote on an opinion or decision.

In addition, the number of people who can join a video call will be expanded to 32 participants.

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