WHATSAPP is working on a new group chat feature that will affect every user.
It’s a major change that you might not notice – but is very important.
WABetaInfo / WhatsAppYou’ll be able to silently exit WhatsApp groups[/caption]
The chat app will soon let you leave groups silently.
It’s often awkward when you abandon a group chat because everyone is notified.
So if you’re leaving a chat, there’s no hiding it.
Thankfully, WhatsApp is developing a silent-exit feature that could land this year.
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Details of the feature were confirmed by the WhatsApp sleuths at WABetaInfo in a tweet.
“Leave groups silently is a new feature that will only notify the admin when you leave a group chat,” the WhatsApp investigators revealed.
“That means you can decide when to make a quiet exit – without everyone knowing.”
Normally when you leave a group, a system message will be posted in the chat.
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This lets everyone in the group know that you’ve left.
But with the new change, only the people running the group will notice.
Now in a small group, your departure may still be noted – at least eventually.
But in bigger groups, this can allow you to slip out quietly.
Sadly, there’s no exact date on when the feature will appear for everyone.
“This feature is under development on WhatsApp Desktop beta at the moment,” WABetaInfo explained.
“And it is planned to be rolled out to users in a future update.”
If you want to try the latest WhatsApp features first, follow our guide below to join the beta.
How to get WhatsApp beta
To download WhatsApp beta for your smartphone you need to go to Google Play on your Android and search for WhatsApp.
Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.
Tap the “I’m In” button and then click “Join” to confirm.
Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.
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Joining the WhatsApp beta on iPhone is more difficult, and has limited capacity.
Follow Apple’s guide here.
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