WhatsApp has just submitted a new update through the TestFlight beta Program, bringing the version up to 126.96.36.199. The version marked within WhatsApp Settings is 188.8.131.52 and the TestFlight build is 23.15.1 (499339220).
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is rolling out a feature to add participants to new groups right within the group chat, and it is available to some beta testers!
|Name of the feature?||Add participants|
|Compatibility?||WhatsApp beta for iOS 184.108.40.206 is marked as a compatible update, but some users may be able to get this feature by installing the previous beta version of the app.|
|I have the same version but I don’t have this feature, why?||This feature is available to some beta testers, and it’s rolling out to more people over the coming days.|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp beta for Android 220.127.116.11: what’s new? WhatsApp is rolling out a feature to add participants to new groups right within the group chat!|
In the article about the WhatsApp beta for Android 18.104.22.168 update, we announced a new feature available to some beta testers. Specifically, some users may be prompted to add new participants to groups, right within the group chats. It seems that WhatsApp is exploring this option even on the iOS app. In fact, after installing the latest WhatsApp beta for iOS 22.214.171.124 update, which is available on the TestFlight app, a limited group of beta testers may be able to experiment with the same feature!
As you can see in this screenshot, a new banner might show up in group chats, inviting people to add new participants to the group. This feature acts as a shortcut, so users don’t need to open the group info to add a new member. In fact, it’s possible to quickly select new people to join the group right within the group chat, as long as the group permissions allow it.
As we said in our article about the Android version, while we don’t consider this feature as highly important, we may still see it as helpful because it speeds up the process of adding new group members, allowing users to save some time. Specifically, current group members can directly add other people without navigating through the group info screen. In our opinion, the best part of this feature is that it reminds users to add new group members, acting as a helpful reminder.
The feature to add participants right within the group chat is available to some beta testers that installed the latest WhatsApp beta for iOS update from the TestFlight app, and it is rolling out to even more people over the coming days.
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