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How many people can now be added to WhatsApp chats?


WhatsApp group size limits have had a shake-up (Picture: stockcam via Getty Images)

A main source of communication for most people in the UK, WhatsApp has now confirmed some huge changes.

Multiple group chats, voice notes, emojis and much more – the top social app has become one of the most used icons across iPhones and smartphones for good reason.

And now, as if staying in touch with friends and family wasn’t easy enough, the tech company has revealed group chats are about to get even bigger and better with its new Communities roll out.

From subgroups to audio chats, WhatsApp has also revealed the number of people you can add to one group will be expanding rather drastically.

Here’s what you need to know.

How many people can now be added to WhatsApp chats?

You could previously have 256 people in one group, but thanks to the update, you can now add 512 participants to WhatsApp group chats.

With the size allowance doubling, imagine the notifications on THAT conversation.

The messaging app initially had a 100-person limit for group chats, but as demands for larger groups rose, WhatsApp upped this to 256 in 2016.

In a statement, the company said of the update: ‘One of the top requests we’ve consistently received is the option to add more people to a chat.

‘So now we’re slowly rolling out the ability to add up to 512 people to a group.’

Those who are yet to see the expanded group chats should make sure that they have the latest version of WhatsApp from the App Store.

What other updates are WhatsApp doing?

The Communities rollout is big for the app as it also includes subgroups, an audio chat expansion and some more in-chat features such as being able to react with an emoji.

The biggest addition is WhatsApp Community, where you’ll have the ability to set up a ‘community’ – each group will have a short description of what the community is for, as well as a menu of subgroup topics that members can choose to join.

WhatsApp explained: ‘Parents at a school, local clubs, and even small workplaces now rely on WhatsApp as their primary way of keeping people up to date.

WhatsApp has introduced a range of new group chat features (Picture: Rex)

‘These groups need private ways of communicating that are distinct from social media but provide more tools to facilitate real-time conversations than e-mail or broadcast only channels.’

Audio chat expansion now allows up to 32 people to communicate at once, with people being able to drop in at any time.

There are also some cool new tricks to chats that have already been rolled out such as comment reactions and large file sharing.


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