WhatsApp 101: How to Add Descriptions to Group Chats

How to Add Descriptions to Group Chats

There's a fine line between order and chaos in group chats. With all the cross-talk, threads can easily devolve into a random mess that has nothing to do with the original discussion topic. WhatsApp group chats certainly aren't immune to this problem, but they've recently taken a step in the right direction.

WhatsApp now lets you add a description to group chats to keep them more organized and focused on the topic at hand. This feature is especially useful for businesses that rely on the popular messaging app to keep communication between employees productive and on track. Best of all, anyone can easily add a description to their group chats, regardless of whether they're on Android or iOS.

Adding a Description to Your Group Chats

WhatsApp allows for up to 500 characters to state a group chat's purpose and help stay on topic. To do so, either create a new group chat or choose an existing one, then tap on the menu button in the upper-right corner of the screen (Android) or the subject line itself (iOS). Now, select "Group info" from the popup menu, then tap "Add group description."

Next, type a description in the provided field, then tap "OK" (Android) or "Save" (iOS). A brief explainer will now be displayed right below the group chat's title stating that anyone in the thread can view and edit. Other contacts will also be notified of the description's addition within the chat box itself, which they can view anytime by tapping on the notification message.

Cover image and screenshots by Amboy Manalo/Gadget Hacks

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