How do I use group chat?

This is a very important question, as this is one of the many features of WhatsApp that is not found in SMS or text messaging. Since this article answers several questions about group chat, we have links to each section listed here:


Creating a group

When you create a group, you become the group administrator and have special control over who can join the group. To create a group:

  1. Open WhatsApp and go to the Chats screen.
  2. Press the Menu Button > New Group
  3. Type in a subject or title. This will be the name of the group that all members will see.
  4. Add a photo for the group. This will show up next to the group in your Chats list.
  5. Add group members by selecting +, or by typing the name of the contact.
  6. Tap Create when you are finished.

Adding a contact to an existing group

You must be the group admin to add members to an existing group chat:

  1. Open the group chat.
  2. Click on the name of the group.
  3. Select Add Participant.
  4. Search for or select contacts to add to the group chat.

Removing contacts from a group

You must be the group admin to delete members from an existing group chat:

  1. Open the group chat.
  2. Click on the name of the group.
  3. Tap and hold on the participant you wish to remove.
  4. Select Remove participant from the menu.

Deleting and leaving a group

To leave a group:

  1. Open WhatsApp and go to the Chats screen.
  2. Tap and hold on the chat.
  3. Select Delete and exit group from the menu.

If you are the administrator of the group and delete it, another group member is randomly designated as the new administrator of the group.


Changing the group name

Any member of the group can change the name. To do so:

  1. Open the group chat.
  2. Click on the name of the group.
  3. Click the button in the top right corner.
  4. Enter a new name for the group.

Changing the group icon

Any member of the group can change the icon. To do so:

  1. Open the group chat.
  2. Click on the name of the group.
  3. Click on the current group icon.
  4. Click the button in the top right corner.
  5. Choose to use your camera, gallery, or search the web for a new image.

Muting group notifications

You can mute group notifications for a certain period of time. You will still receive the messages sent to the group, but your phone will not notify you when they are received. To mute a group:

  1. Open the group chat.
  2. Press the Menu Button button and select Mute
  3. Select the interval of silence that you want.
  4. Choose whether or not to Show notifications. If you uncheck this, you will not see notifications when you receive a message from the group.

Note: in a group chat you will only see one check mark indicating that the message was successfully delivered to the server.

Learn about group chat on: iPhone | BlackBerry | Nokia S40 | Nokia S60 | Windows Phone | BlackBerry 10.

Cheers,
WhatsApp Support Team