Meta first unveiled WhatsApp Communities six months ago and now the feature is about to make its way to your WhatsApp application soon. The ne w feature seeks to act as a central umbrella for all your WhatsApp group chats.
Global rollout of the feature has been begun but Meta has noted that it may take a while before every WhatsApp user gets it. The global release of the feature comes after the messaging app experienced a global down time barely two weeks ago.
Communities help you organize other group chats under a single directory and have been positioned as the next major update for the messaging app. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted an announcement to his Facebook page on November 3, 2022, as the rollout began.
Communities will be organized under a new tab on WhatsApp. The rollout also comes with other updates to groups, such as in-chat polls, 32-person video calls. The maximum number of members a group can have has also been increased to 1024.
Admins will be able to send announcements to all groups within a specific Community, with members taking part in the smaller groups that are relevant to them. In an announcement on the WhatsApp blog, the company noted that more features would be added to Communities over the coming months.
How To Get Started With Communities
To get started, just open the WhatsApp Communities tab when it appears on your app. You can create a new Community with new groups, or if you’re a group admin, you can add existing groups to a Community.
WhatsApp Will Help Manage Messaging Communities
The launch of Communities will change the way that users manage groups on WhatsApp. Hopefully the feature proves to be useful, rather than just another tab to keep track of.