WhatsApp is becoming more flexible in terms of group chat sizes, although it has been slow to change.
In May, the company doubled the size of its group to 512 members and gave the option to share files as large as 2GB. WABetaInfo has noticed that group size is now doubled.
WhatsApp beta 2 is now available Android iOS and Android users have the ability to add as many participants as they wish to groups. It’s currently only accessible to a small number of beta testers. However, we can assume that the feature will be made available more broadly in the near future.
WhatsApp is now one step closer than Telegram which allows large groups up to several hundred thousand users.
WhatsApp’s Communities feature has been made available to beta users
However, large groups of people are useless if they’re not managed properly. But there’s some good news. WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp is developing new tools for managing large groups. The new tools include a system to approve members and keep track of all pending participants. Group admins can then see everyone who is asking for permission to join the group.
These are not the only upgrades WhatsApp is planning for group chats. The limited-release launch of communities, which allows you to link different groups together into one “community”, was made in August.