How do I use Group Chat?

Group Chat lets you chat with up to 256 people at once. It's a great way to stay in touch with family, friends or colleagues. Learn more about Group Chat features below:

Creating a group

You may create an unlimited number of groups. To create a group:

  1. Open WhatsApp and go to the Chats tab.
  2. Tap the Menu Button > New Group.
  3. Tap on the names of the desired group participants to add them to the group and then tap the green arrow.
  4. Type in a subject or title. This will be the name of the group that all participants will see.
  5. Add an icon for the group by tapping on the empty photo box. This will show up next to the group in your Chats list.
  6. Tap the green check mark when you are finished.

Adding participants

You must be a group admin to add participants to an existing Group Chat. A group can have 256 participants. To add participants:

  1. Go to the group in WhatsApp.
  2. Tap the subject of the group.
  3. Tap Add Participant.
  4. Search for or select contacts to add to the Group Chat.

Inviting to Groups via Links

If you are the group admin, you can invite people to join a group simply by sharing a link with them. To share a group invite link:

  1. Go to the group in WhatsApp.
  2. Tap the subject of the group.
  3. Tap Add Participant.
  4. Tap Invite to group via link.
  5. Choose to share the link within WhatsApp or to another app.

The admin can use the Revoke link option at any time to make the previous link invalid and create a new link. Anyone with WhatsApp can follow an invite link to join this group, so only share it with people you trust.

Note: Only use this feature with trusted individuals. It is possible for someone to forward the link to other people. If so, those other people can also join the group. And in that case, the group admin will not be asked to approve them before they join.

Removing participants

You must be a group admin to remove participants from an existing Group Chat. To remove participants:

  1. Go to the group in WhatsApp.
  2. Tap the subject of the group.
  3. Tap and hold the participant you wish to remove.
  4. Tap Remove {participant} in the menu.

Assigning admins to a group

Any admin in the group can make a participant an admin. A group can have an unlimited number of admins. To make a participant an admin:

  1. Go to the group in WhatsApp.
  2. Tap the subject of the group.
  3. Tap and hold the participant you wish to make as an admin.
  4. Tap Make group admin.

Changing the group subject

Any of the group's participants can change its subject. To do so:

  1. Go to the group in WhatsApp.
  2. Tap the subject of the group.
  3. Tap the Pencil icon to the right of the group icon and subject.
  4. Enter a new subject for the group, then tap OK.

Changing the group icon

Any of the group's participants can change its icon. To do so:

  1. Go to the group in WhatsApp.
  2. Tap the subject of the group.
  3. Tap the current group icon > Pencil icon.
  4. Choose to use your camera, gallery, or search the web for a new image.

Muting group notifications

You can mute a group for a specified period of time. You will still receive messages sent to the group, but your phone will not vibrate or make noise when they are received. To mute a group:

  1. Long press on the group name in the Chats list.
  2. Tap the Mute button in the top right corner.
  3. Optionally, uncheck Show notifications to stop notifications from being shown in your notification drawer.

Exiting a group

If you exit a group, you will be removed from the group but will still see it in your Chats list, and you will be able to read the chat history. If you are the only group admin and you exit a group, a participant is chosen at random to become the new admin. To exit a group:

  1. Go to the Chats tab in WhatsApp.
  2. Tap and hold on the group name.
  3. Tap the Menu Button.
  4. Tap Exit Group.

Deleting a group

After you exit a group, you will see the option to delete the group. When you delete the group, you will no longer see the group in your Chats list and the chat history will be erased. To delete a group (after exiting a group):

  1. Go to the Chats tab in WhatsApp.
  2. Tap and hold on the group name.
  3. Tap the Trash can icon.

Learn more about Group Chat on: iPhone | Windows Phone | Nokia S40 | BlackBerry | Nokia S60 | BlackBerry 10

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WhatsApp Support Team