WhatsApp Introduces 6 New Features; How They Work

An undated photo of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
An undated photo of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Photo by Nick Statt / The Verge

WhatsApp users will enjoy six new features after the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, announced the new changes on Thursday, November 3. 

The features meant to improve the quality of group interactions within the platform include;


The communities will improve groups by enabling sub-groups and organizing their chats around things they love or are involved in.

WhatsApp Messenger Mobile Application downloaded on phone
WhatsApp Messenger Mobile Application downloaded on phone.

This icon is placed along the chats, status, and calls tab. 

"With communities, admins will now have the tools to organize conversations under one umbrella."

Group reactions

Group users can now react to group chats and media sent to the group with an emoji by clicking on the image or chat. Before this, users could only react to media and chats in personal chats.

32 person calls

Users can now make calls with up to 31 people simultaneously, which beats the previous 8-person limit. 


Polls are a fun and interactive way of engaging with people by asking them for their opinions. Group members can now make and participate in polls in the chats.

Large file sharing

File image of a phone user perusing a gadget.
File image of a phone user perusing a gadget.

One can now share up to 1.9 GB of files with their contacts. Before this invention, users could only share files not more than 100 MB.

Shareable call links

Group members can now create and share call links with friends and family for a scheduled meeting. You can do this by going to the calls tab, where you'll find the 'create a call link' icon, which will generate a link that you can share with anyone.

The CEO mentioned that the invention was inspired by his desire to promote secure yet interesting close-knit family interactions.

"I believe that close-knit families need private and secure ways of connecting within themselves."

This follows the application's recent feature additions, like clicking on a contact's profile icon to view their status.