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 admin of the group and have special control over who can join the group. To create a group:

  1. Open WhatsApp and go to the Chats screen.
  2. At the top of the chats screen, tap the New Group button. Note: you will need to have an existing chat before creating a new group chat.
  3. Type in a subject or title. This will be the name of the group that all members will see.
  4. Add group members by selecting +, or by typing the name of the contact.
  5. Tap Create to finish creating the group.

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. Tap the group subject to reveal the Group Info screen.
  3. Tap Add Participant... at the bottom of the participants list.
  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. Tap the group subject to reveal the Group Info screen.
  3. Tap on the name of the participant you wish to remove.
  4. Tap Remove {PARTICIPANT} from the menu.

Deleting and leaving a group

Deleting a group from your WhatsApp will exit you from the group. Other group members will see a message that says {you} left the group. If you are the admin of the group and delete it, another group member is randomly designated as the new admin of the group. To leave a group:

  1. Open WhatsApp and go to the Chats screen.
  2. Tap the Edit button in the top left corner of the Chats screen.
  3. Tap the icon for the Chat that you wish to delete.
  4. Tap Delete, then Yes to confirm deletion.

Changing the group icon

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

  1. Open the group chat.
  2. Tap the current group icon.
  3. Tap Edit, then choose Reset, Take Photo, Choose Existing, or Search Web to set a new icon.
  4. Choose to use your camera, an existing photo from your photos library, 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. Tap the group subject to reveal the Group Info screen.
  3. Tap Mute.
  4. Choose a time interval for how long you wish to mute 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 more about group chat on: Android | BlackBerry | Nokia S40 | Nokia S60 | Windows Phone | BlackBerry 10.

Cheers,
WhatsApp Support Team