Communities Now Available WhatsApp!

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As we shared earlier this year, we’ve been hard at work building communities, a major update to how people will be able to connect on WhatsApp in the groups that matter to them. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve started to roll out communities on WhatsApp globally and this will be available to everyone over the next few months.

Communities like neighborhoods, parents at a school, and workplaces can now connect multiple groups together under one umbrella to organize group conversations on WhatsApp. To get started, tap on the new communities tab at the top of your chats on Android and at the bottom on iOS. From there you can start a new community from scratch or add existing groups.

Once you’re in a community, you can easily switch between available groups to get the information you need, when you need it, and admins can send important updates to everyone in the community.

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With Communities, we’re aiming to raise the bar for how organizations communicate with a level of privacy and security not found anywhere else. The alternatives available today require trusting apps or software companies with a copy of their messages – and we think they deserve the higher level of security provided by end-to-end encryption.

Today we’re also releasing three more features we think users will be excited about: the ability to create in-chat polls, 32 person video calling, and groups with up to 1024 users. Just like emoji reactions , larger file sharing, and admin delete, these features can be used in any group but will be particularly helpful for communities.

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We’ve been working with over 50 organizations in 15 countries to build communities to meet their needs. We’re excited that the feedback we’ve heard so far is that these new tools are helping groups like these better organize and achieve their goals. There’s a lot more we plan to build and we’ll keep adding features over the coming months. For now, we’re excited to get this into more people’s hands and hear your feedback too.

November 3, 2022

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New Features for More Privacy, More Protection, More Control

At WhatsApp, Privacy is in our DNA, and we will never stop building new ways to protect your personal conversations. We believe messaging and calling should always be as private and secure as having face-to-face conversations. Kind of like if two people were talking and no one else was around.

WhatsApp protects the personal calls and messages of users with default end-to-end encryption, so no one but the intended recipient can hear or see them. But that is just one important part of protecting your privacy. Over the years, we’ve added new layers of privacy protections to give you multiple ways to secure your messages, including disappearing messages that self-destruct, end-to-end encrypted backups when you want to save your chat history, 2-step Verification for added security, and the ability to block and report unwanted chats.

Today, we’re excited to bring several new privacy features that provide even more layers of protection and give you more control over your messages. This is all part of how we work to keep your conversations secure on WhatsApp.

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  • Leave Groups Silently : We love our group chats but some are not forever. We’re making it possible to exit a group privately without making it a big deal to everyone. Now, instead of notifying the full group when you are leaving, only the admins will be notified. This feature will start to roll out to all users this month.
  • Choose Who Can See When You’re Online : Seeing when friends or family are online helps us feel connected to one another, but we’ve all had times when we wanted to check our WhatsApp privately. For the moments you want to keep your online presence private, we’re introducing the ability to select who can and can’t see when you’re online. This will start rolling out to all users this month.
  • Screenshot Blocking For View Once Messages : View Once is already an incredibly popular way to share photos or media that don’t need to have a permanent digital record. Now we’re enabling screenshot blocking for View Once messages for an added layer of protection. We’re testing this feature now and are excited to roll it out to users soon.

To spread the word about these new layers of protection, we’re also kicking off a campaign to educate people about the new features and our continued commitment to protecting your private conversations on WhatsApp. We hope people enjoy getting to use these new features and benefit from several options that help you keep your messages secure. We look forward to your feedback on what to build next.

August 9, 2022

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Making it easy for businesses of all sizes to get started on WhatsApp

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For people and businesses globally, business is now happening on WhatsApp. Whether it’s a mom-and-pop shop or a Fortune 500 company, businesses of all sizes today rely on WhatsApp to help their customers.

Just as WhatsApp has made it possible for loved ones to communicate freely across geographical boundaries, we want to overcome the challenges we all experience when communicating with businesses. That means no more being on hold, stuck on a website that doesn’t work, or sending an email somewhere that won’t even know if it was read.

To date, we have helped millions of businesses improve with WhatsApp. The next step is to make WhatsApp available to every business that wants a fast, convenient and reliable way to communicate with their customers.

Opening up WhatsApp to all businesses and developers with a new cloud-based API

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Today we are taking a significant step to make WhatsApp available to any business, of any size, anywhere in the world by providing free, secure cloud hosting services provided by Meta. With this new API, we’ve reduced start-up time from months to minutes, so businesses and developers can quickly and easily access our service built directly on WhatsApp to further customize their experience and speed up their response to their customers. These services will also eliminate expensive server costs for our partners and give them instant access to new features. Businesses can sign up directly or work with one of our business solution providers to get started .

New features on WhatsApp Business app for fast growing businesses

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Over the years we’ve realized how small businesses using WhatsApp grow and want to support them with an additional tool. We expect that some businesses will want to use the cloud-based API, although many will continue to use the WhatsApp Business app. We are also working on advanced features to make this business not limited to just a few people and remove the limits of what they can do to further expand their brand – such as the ability to manage chats on up to 10 devices so they can Can better manage chat rush. We will also provide customizable WhatsApp click-to-chat links to help businesses attract customers to their online presence. We’ve added these features to the WhatsApp Business app as part of a new premium service for a fee.

Even with these new ways to support business, our values ​​for person-to-business conversations still haven’t changed. Businesses control who people chat with and businesses cannot send messages to people unless they have requested to be contacted.

We hope people enjoy the ability to chat with more and more of their favorite businesses on WhatsApp, and we look forward to hearing how new businesses are built, grown and prospered.

May 19, 2022

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Reactions, 2GB file sharing, 512 groups

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Reactions on WhatsApp just got better with a full emoji keyboard including a skin tone selector. We are excited to introduce new ways for users to personalize themselves while chatting with their family and friends.

As we announced our vision last month , we are now building communities on WhatsApp to enable organizations, businesses and other close-knit groups to communicate and work securely on WhatsApp. The feedback we have received so far has been positive and we are eager to roll out the new features.

We are very happy to announce that emoji reactions are now available in the latest version of the app. Reactions are fun and quick, and they also reduce group overload. We will continue to improve it by adding a wider range of expressions in the future.

Additionally, you can now send files up to 2GB at a time in WhatsApp, protected by end-to-end encryption. This is an increase from the previous limit of 100MB, and we think this feature will be helpful for collaboration between small businesses and school groups. We recommend using WiFi for larger files and we’ll display a counter while uploading or downloading to show you how long your transfer will take.

One of the main requests we consistently received was to have the option to add more people to a chat, so we’re now gradually rolling out the ability to add up to 512 people to a group. Building a private, safe and secure community is hard work and we think this series of improvements will help people and groups stay closer together.

We hope people enjoy this update and we look forward to sharing more throughout the year.

Last Updated : July 11, 2022

May 5, 2022

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About our objective behind starting a community on WhatsApp

Today we’re excited to talk about our mission behind launching a new feature on WhatsApp called Communities. Since WhatsApp launched in 2009, we’ve focused on how we can best enable people to have one-on-one conversations when they want to talk to an individual or a group of friends or family. We frequently get feedback from people using WhatsApp to communicate and coordinate within the community.

Organizations like schools, local clubs, and non-profit organizations now rely on WhatsApp to securely communicate and get their work done — especially as the pandemic forces us to find creative ways to work together even remotely. Based on the numerous responses we’ve received, we’ve learned that there’s a lot we can do to help people manage the many conversations that occur between these types of groups.

This is where the community comes in handy. With the community feature on WhatsApp, people will be able to bring different groups together in one place with the help of a structure that suits them. This way people can get updates on messages sent to the entire community and easily organize small discussion groups that are important to them. The community will also have powerful new tools for admins, including announcement messages with control over who can be sent and which groups can be included.

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We believe that the community facility will be of great help to the school principal. They can use this feature to gather all parents to share must-read updates and set up groups for any class, other activities or work that requires volunteering.

We’re also making a number of improvements to the way groups work on WhatsApp – whether they’re part of a community or not. We believe this will help people share in innovative ways and reduce the burden in large chats. These features are rolling out in the coming weeks so people can start trying them out even before communities are ready.

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  • Reactions – Emoji reactions are also coming to WhatsApp so that people can quickly share their opinion without flooding the chat with new messages.
  • Admin Delete – Group admins can remove misleading or problematic messages from everyone’s chat.
  • File Sharing – We’re increasing the file sharing limit to 2 gigabytes so people can easily collaborate on projects.
  • Bigger Voice Calls – We’re introducing one-tap voice calling for up to 32 people with a brand new design that comes in handy when live conversations are more convenient than chatting.

Communities are inherently private, which is why we’ll continue to protect messages with end-to-end encryption. These security technologies have indeed become essential to protect people’s privacy and safety. Close-knit groups – schools, members of religious congregations, and even businesses – increasingly want and need to be able to have secure and private conversations without WhatsApp monitoring their every word. You can read more about our approach to privacy, safety and security for the community here.

While other apps are creating chats for millions of people, we’re choosing to focus on groups that are part of our daily lives. It’s time to start the community on WhatsApp, and building new features to support it will be an important goal for us over the coming year. We are very excited about reaching out to the community and look forward to feedback from people.

April 14, 2022

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We’re improving voice messages

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When we first launched voice messaging in 2013, we knew it would change the way people communicate. By keeping the design simple, we’ve made sending and recording voice messages as quick and easy as writing them. On WhatsApp, our users send an average of 700 million voice messages every day, all of which are protected by end-to-end encryption to keep voice messages private and secure at all times.

Today we are happy to announce these new features that improve voice messages on WhatsApp. This includes:

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  • Playback outside of chat: Listen to voice messages outside of chat, so you can multitask or read or reply to other messages.
  • Pause/Resume Recording : If you are interrupted or need time to think while recording a voice message, you can pause and resume the recording.
  • Waveform Visualization : Displays a visual representation of the sound on a voice message to help follow the recording.
  • Draft Preview : Listen to your voice message before sending it.
  • Playback recall : If you pause a voice message while listening to it, you can resume the message from where you left off when you return to the chat.
  • Fast playback for forwarded messages : Play voice messages at 1.5x or 2x speed to hear both regular and forwarded messages faster.

Voice messages have made it faster and easier for people to have more meaningful conversations. It would be more natural to speak rather than write to express emotions or excitement. Voice messages are preferred for communicating on WhatsApp in many countries around the world. It’s easy to use for anyone – for your family members who don’t feel like typing, for your friends who love to tell stories, for your colleagues who need motivational words, or when you’re at the end of a long day with your mom. – Want to hear father’s voice.

With these new features coming in a few weeks, we’re excited for users to try them out.

March 30, 2022

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More control and privacy with default disappearing messages and multiple durations

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Our mission is to connect the world in a personal way. More and more of our conversations are happening digitally instead of face to face. However, one has to admit that there is something magical about sitting face to face, exchanging ideas with mutual trust, feeling connected in that moment of dialogue. The freedom to be honest and vulnerable with the knowledge that conversations are not recorded and stored anywhere forever.

The decision of how long to keep the message should be in your hands. We seem to have gotten into the habit of not giving a thought to leaving a digital imprint of whatever we type. It feels like our personal assistant who captures everything we say as our shadow and keeps it forever. That’s why we introduced the disappearing message feature last year and similarly now we ‘ve introduced the feature to instantly make photos and videos disappear after they’ve been viewed once .

Today we are happy to provide our users more options to control their messages and different message retention periods with default disappearing message and multiple duration feature.

Now WhatsApp users will have the option to enable message disappearing by default for all new chats. When it’s turned on, all new private chats you or someone else started will disappear for a period of time you choose. Also, according to a new option we have added, for groups you have created, you will be able to enable this feature while creating a group chat. This new feature is optional and does not modify or delete any of your existing chats.

We’re adding two new message disappearance periods: 24 hours and 90 days, in addition to the existing option of 7 days.

For people who have chosen to switch to disappearing messages by default, we’ll show a message in your chats letting people know that you’ve chosen the default way to do this. Which makes it clear that it has nothing to do with the individual – you’ve made a choice about how you want to communicate with everyone on WhatsApp going forward. However, if you find you need to keep a particular conversation forever, it’s easy to opt for that chat earlier.

Years of being separated from family and friends have made it even more clear that not being able to talk face-to-face doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice the privacy of our personal conversations. Disappearing messages and end-to-end encryption – these two are very important features that define the true meaning of private messaging services in modern times. These features take us a step further towards realizing a personal face-to-face interaction.

To get started go to your privacy settings and select ‘Default Message Timer’. You can find more information here .

December 6, 2021

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Backup copy protected with end-to-end encryption on WhatsApp

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WhatsApp was created with a simple intention: whatever you share with your friends and family stays between you. Five years ago, we originally added end-to-end encryption, which today protects more than 100 billion messages per day passing through more than 2 billion users.

While the messages you send and receive are stored on your device protected by end-to-end encryption, many people also want an option to back up chats in case they lose their phone. Starting today we’re adding another optional layer of security by providing end-to-end encryption to backups stored on Google Drive or iCloud. No other global messaging service on this scale offers this level of security for their users’ messages, media, voice messages, video calls and chat backups.

You can now protect your end-to-end encryption-protected backups with a password of your choice or with a 64-digit encryption key that only you know. Neither WhatsApp nor your backup service provider will be able to read your backup or get the key needed to open it.

With over 2 billion users, we’re excited to give people more options to protect their privacy. We will gradually roll out this feature for those who have the latest version of WhatsApp. More information on how you can protect your chat backups on iOS and Android with end-to-end encryption can be found here , and more information on how we built it here .

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Your chat stays with you

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It’s now possible to move to iPhone — new, 7.20.22

Now when you switch your phone from Android to iPhone you can transfer all your old WhatsApp chats and keep them.

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Your WhatsApp messages are only for you. This is why your personal WhatsApp messages are protected with end-to-end encryption and this is why we provide methods to automatically disappear from your chats.

Among the requests we receive about our features, the most frequent request is to facilitate the transfer of old chats from one operating system to another when changing phones. We’ve worked hard with operating system and device manufacturers to make this feature secure and reliable.

We are excited to launch the feature to move your WhatsApp history from iOS to Android. This process does not send your messages to WhatsApp and includes voice messages, photos and videos. This feature is available on devices running Android 12 and later.

When you set up a new device, you will be given the option to securely transfer your old WhatsApp chats from your old device to your new device. This process will require a USB-C to Lightning cable. More information is available here .

This is just a beginning. We look forward to giving more and more people the option to keep their chats with them as they adopt the platform of their choice.

Last Updated : July 20, 2022

September 2, 2021

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View photos and videos on WhatsApp just once

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Taking photos and making videos has become a big part of our lives, but not everything we share needs to become a permanent digital record. Taking photos on multiple phones means they’ll take up space in your camera roll forever.

That’s why today we’re introducing a new feature, View Photos and Videos Only Once, where photos and videos disappear from chats after they’re opened. This gives users more control over their privacy.

For example, you can send photos of some of you choosing new clothes in a store, a quick reaction to a special moment or sensitive information like a Wi-Fi password through the Photo Once feature.

Like all private messages you send on WhatsApp, View Once media is protected from start to finish, so WhatsApp won’t be able to see it. It will also be clearly marked with a new “once” icon.

After the media is viewed the message will appear “open” to avoid any confusion as to what was happening in the chat.

We’re rolling out this feature to everyone this week, and we look forward to feedback on this new way to send private and disappearing media.

You can read more about how to try here.

WhatsApp update adds new features for groups from today

Meta says the new communities feature coming to WhatsApp has been made with neighbourhoods, workplace teams and parents at the same school in mind.

By Tom Acres, technology reporter

Thursday 3 November 2022 07:06, UK

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WhatsApp groups can now be brought together under one umbrella with the launch of a new communities feature.

Rolling out from today, it’s designed so that updates can be sent to everyone across all groups in one go, while still allowing for smaller discussions within the individual groups.

Think of it like a Russian stacking doll of WhatsApp groups, which parent company Meta says has been made with neighbourhood communities, workplaces and parents at the same school in mind.

Once you’re in, you can jump between the individual groups (and presumably end up muting most of them).

Admins of communities will get even more power, such as being able to send announcement messages out to absolutely everyone in all the subgroups.

The same end-to-end encryption used in existing chats and groups will still apply, so that nobody from outside will witness those out-of-date memes you send to your teenage children.

Meta boss Mark Zuckerberg promises that the update simply “makes groups better”.

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How do you make a community?

You should see a new communities tab within WhatsApp – it’s at the top of your chats on Android, and down at the bottom if you’re using an iPhone.

From there, you can make a new community from scratch or from a selection of your existing groups.

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Image:Communities allow you to link groups together

But wait, there’s more…

New features are also being added from today for existing groups.

Chief among them are polls, which might help your friends finally decide what to see at the cinema this weekend.

Video calls are also being expanded to a maximum of 32 people.

In-chat polls are also being added to groups
Image:In-chat polls are also being added to groups

Both additions will be available in standard WhatsApp groups, and any that are made part of larger communities.

Meta says more updates are on the way in the coming months.

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