Following the initial release of the ability to create and follow WhatsApp Channels in Singapore and Colombia, WhatsApp has now shared an announcement that this feature is finally available to additional countries for those users on the latest version of WhatsApp for iOS, Android, and Desktop.
|Name of the feature?||Channels|
|Compatibility?||Latest versions of the app from the Google Play Store, TestFlight, and App Store, are marked as compatible updates.|
|I’ve installed this update but I don’t have this feature. Why?||This feature is available to some users, and it’s rolling out to more accounts over the coming weeks.|
|Thanks:||Youssef Salem, IgnacioAF, and fabianhad, for testing and reporting!|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp for iOS 23.14.79: what’s new? WhatsApp is widely rolling out a chat transfer feature, the landscape mode support for video calls, and a silence unknown callers option!|
In the article about the WhatsApp for iOS 23.14.74 update, we announced that WhatsApp was releasing the ability to create a channel to users in Singapore and Colombia. With this feature, users can now create a broadcast channel where to share updates with their followers. The same feature was also released to more users that installed the WhatsApp beta for Android 220.127.116.11 update, but it was still restricted to people in Singapore and Colombia. Finally, WhatsApp is now rolling out channels to additional countries starting today!
As you can see in this screenshot, WhatsApp has recently shared an announcement on Twitter stating that channels are now available in additional countries: Egypt, Chile, Malaysia, Morocco, Ukraine, Kenya, and Peru. If you reside in any of these countries and wish to check if this feature is enabled for your WhatsApp account, simply update the WhatsApp application and open it. If you notice the “Updates” tab, it means that you can finally start using channels right away! Note that this is available on WhatsApp for iOS, Android, and Desktop apps.
Unfortunately, we are currently unaware of when the channels will be available in more countries. It seems that WhatsApp is gradually rolling out the channels to additional countries, at least once a month. Based on this pattern, a wider release may happen over the course of the next month. All we can do for now is wait.
Channels are finally available to users in Egypt, Chile, Malaysia, Morocco, Ukraine, Kenya, and Peru, that install the latest WhatsApp for Android update from the Google Play Store and WhatsApp for iOS from the App Store and the TestFlight app, and it is rolling out to even more people in those countries over the coming days.
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