WHATSAPP is working on a new feature that may leave some users red in the face.
In a future update, the US messaging app will show a list of everyone who left a group chat.
This means everyone in the group can see all “past participants”, making it harder than ever to quietly remove yourself from a WhatsApp group.
The feature also means your participation in a group is recorded – even if you’d rather not be connected to it anymore.
The feature isn’t live yet, but was spotted in development by sleuths in the WhatsApp beta WABetaInfo.
The site first reported on the feature in development earlier this year and delivered a fresh update on Sunday.
According to WABetaInfo, the feature is now in development for both WhatsApp for Android and iOS.
Group members can see who left the group in the last 60 days.
“Previous participants will be removed from this list after 60 days,” WABetaInfo said.
Images of the “past attendees” feature in the beta version of WhatsApp for Android surfaced in May.
“Thanks to this new option, it will be easier to keep track of who has left a group,” WABetaInfo said at the time.
“Unfortunately, this list seems to be visible to everyone in the group, not just group admins.”
However, it is possible that this design will change by the time the feature is released worldwide.
With the current design, the list appears below the list of current chat participants.
WhatsApp has not announced any concrete plans to introduce this feature.
And we don’t know exactly when it’s likely to land — it could be days, weeks, or months away, and it may never appear.
It’s interesting timing considering that a new WhatsApp feature for “silently” leaving group chats was unveiled yesterday.
It’s often awkward to leave a group chat because everyone in the conversation will be notified.
But WABetaInfo discovered a feature that allows you to leave the group chat without notifying everyone – just the admins.
If you want to try new WhatsApp features first, consider joining the WhatsApp beta using our guide below.
How to get WhatsApp beta
To download WhatsApp Beta for your smartphone, you need to go to Google Play on your 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.
Participating in the WhatsApp beta on iPhone is more difficult and has a limited capacity.
Follow Apple’s instructions here.
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