WhatsApp today introduced a feature that lets users create groups on the instant messaging app without needing to name them — an update over the existing way that requires users to specify group names during creation.
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the update on his Facebook page and Instagram channel on Wednesday. The feature will help users now be able to create a group, even if they have not decided on a topic yet or need to create one quickly.
However, unlike a typical WhatsApp group that can add up to 1,024 participants, unnamed groups will be limited to up to six participants. These groups will be dynamically named based on the users added to a group, the company says.
The group name will appear differently for each participant, depending on how they have saved contacts on their phone. If you join an unnamed group with people who haven’t saved their contacts, your phone number will be visible in the group name, the app said. This indicates the feature is likely aimed more at friends and family who are already familiar with one another.
The company plans to roll out the new group-centric feature globally over the next few weeks.
The latest WhatsApp update comes just days after the messaging app added support for HD photos. The app, which has over two billion users globally, is also working on introducing HD video support in the coming future, it said.
Earlier this month, Meta-owned Instagram also started testing a group-tagging feature that allows users to tag a group of people in a story with a single mention. Instagram head Adam Mosseri said the group mention could be reused by group participants to automatically tag everyone in any new stories.