WhatsApp update for Android adds group description, search participants features, and more

Sheri Evans
March 18, 2018

Also, the new update will now enable WhatsApp users to switch to video call whenever their device is getting ample Wi-Fi or mobile internet speed.

The Group Description, new group-focused features, it will allow the users of a group to add the description to the group.

This allows users to search the list of group participants directly from that space, without having to enter the chat. But, it is mandatory for users to update the application before availing these features. Here's how the feature works.

Users can now add a description to any of their Groups, which can be 512 characters long. If you inviting someone to the group, they can also see the group descriptions. It should be noted that only group admins can change the description.

It is noteworthy that anyone in the group can change the Group Description, much like how the group name works.

The Group Description option is available below the group photo and group name.

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Moving forward to the second feature added to the group, search participant. Back to when the feature was available in beta version, both the group features were spotted testing for Windows as well.

The new feature for the chat app originally debuted in October.

WhatsApp, a popular messaging app that competes with the likes of Hike, Google's Allo and Viber in India, started offering video calling feature in November past year.

In coming time, whenever you make a voice call to a friend on WhatsApp, you will get a button on the app screen to switch mode. Android users can download the updated version of WhatsApp from the Play Store. iPhone users, on the other hand, will be able to download the latest update to WhatsApp by visiting the App Store.

This feature aims at providing an easy switching experience between voice and video calls.

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