How do I use Group Chat?

Group Chat lets you chat with up to 100 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 Groups screen.
  2. Tap the Action menu button > Create Group.
  3. Type in a subject or title. This will be the name of the group that all participants will see.
  4. 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.
  5. Tap Next.
  6. Add group participants by selecting + or by typing the name of the contact.
  7. Tap Create when you are finished.

Adding participants

You must be a group admin to add participants to an existing Group Chat. A group can have 100 participants. To add participants:

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

Removing participants

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

  1. Go to the Groups screen.
  2. Tap the subject of the group.
  3. Tap and hold on the participant you wish to remove.
  4. Tap Remove at the bottom of the right pane.

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 Groups screen.
  2. Tap the subject of the group.
  3. Tap and hold on 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 Groups screen.
  2. Tap the subject of the group.
  3. Tap Edit 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 Groups screen.
  2. Tap the subject of the group.
  3. Tap the current group icon > Set icon.
  4. Choose to use your camera, gallery, or search the web for a new icon.

Muting group notifications

You can mute group notifications for a specified 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. Go to Chats screen.
  2. Open the Group Chat.
  3. Tap the Action menu button > Mute Group.
  4. Select how long you'd like notifications to be muted.

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. Open WhatsApp and go to the Groups screen.
  2. Tap and hold the Group Chat icon.
  3. Tap Exit Group at the bottom of the right pane.

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:

  1. Open WhatsApp and go to the Groups screen.
  2. Tap and hold the Group Chat icon.
  3. Tap Delete Group at the bottom of the right pane.

Learn about Group Chat on: Android | iPhone | BlackBerry | Nokia S40 | Nokia S60 | Windows Phone.

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WhatsApp Support Team