WhatsApp was working for a long time to improve the group features in their applications for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
Recently they have enabled the Restrict Group Permissions feature, that allows to restrict permissions to admins only to change the group subject, description and info, and the dismiss as admin feature, for demoting an administrator.
In these months, WhatsApp has developed another very important feature to implement in groups, that will radically change the user experience.
- You need to update your WhatsApp version to the 2.18.201 Android (available soon for Android, it looks the rollout is very slow at present) and 2.18.70 iOS updates, in order to remotely receive the activation of the Send Messages feature.
- The feature will be enabled soon for the latest WhatsApp stable version for Android (2.18.191). If it’s not so for you, please back up your chat history and reinstall WhatsApp if you don’t want to wait more. Every time you reinstall WhatsApp, the most updated configurations from the server are downloaded, enabling the feature for you.
- Precedent versions might also get the feature, but it’s always recommended to use the latest version available, to quickly see the feature enabled.
AVAILABLE TODAY FOR
ANDROID, IOS AND WINDOWS PHONE USERS!
Since today, WhatsApp is rolling out for all iOS, Android and Windows Phone users the Send Messages feature! (NOTE AGAIN: The rollout is very fast on IOS and very slow on Android and Windows Phone. If you’re an Android/WP user, please try tomorrow!).
The administrator is now able to disable the chat features in the group: this means that all other participants, when “Only Admins” is selected for the Send Messages option , won’t be able to send in the group text messages, images, videos, voice messages etc..
If you’re an administrator, you can configure this setting opening Group Info.
If you select Send Messages, you can change this permission without limitations (when the feature was under development, it was possible to toggle this setting once every 72 hours, but WhatsApp has fortunately removed this limit):
Once you have changed the permission, all participants will be notified in the group with a particular message:
When the option is enabled by an administrator and only admins can send messages, WhatsApp will hide the chat text input bar, showing a particular footer that alerts the user that he cannot send messages:
In this situation, if you want to send something very important in the group, WhatsApp gives you the possibily to quickly contact the administrators, so they can temporarily disable this option or they can post it in the group for you.
When you send a message to an administrator through the group, you are quoting the group!
If the feature is enabled for you, you can also configure it using WhatsApp Web:
You can use the Send Messages feature for various purposes, for example if you are a group administrator, you can enable this option to send important messages in the group without being interrupted by other messages, or you can decide to “close” the group at night to block any message, so the next morning there won’t be messages in the group.
If you are the group administrator and you shared the group invite link to third parties, you can also decide to close the group at night for blocking possible spam contacts that might join the group when you’re sleeping (absolutely normal if you have shared the group invite link on the Internet).
In this case, spam contacts can still join the group, but they won’t be able to send messages.
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