How to Start a Group Chat in WhatsApp


WhatsApp is a great way to stay in contact with people, regardless of what smartphone they use. And, like SMS, WhatsApp supports Group Chats so you can talk with a group of friends, your sports team, clubs, or any other group of people. Here’s how to start a group chat in WhatsApp.

Open WhatsApp on your smartphone. On iOS, tap New Group. On Android, tap the Menu icon and then New group.

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Scroll down through your contacts and tap on anyone you want to add to the group. When you’re done, tap Next.

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Add a Subject for your Group Chat and, if you want, a thumbnail.

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Tap Create and your Group Chat is ready to go. Any message sent to it, gets shared with everyone.


In a Group Chat, even if you have Read Receipts turned off, you’re still able to see who’s received and read your messages. Just swipe to the left on any message.


To manage your Group Chat, click on its name. Here, you can add new participants, delete the group, and change the Subject and Thumbnail.

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If you want to make someone else an Admin—they’ll be able to add new members and kick out old ones—or remove someone from your Group Chat, tap on their name and then the relevant option.


Now you’ll be able to keep up with all your friends easily—no matter where they live or what kind of phone they have.

Harry Guinness writes occasionally when he’s not busy skiing, sailing, partying, lifting weights, or otherwise dodging responsibility. His main areas of interest are himself, gin, and crazy people with interesting stories to tell. When people won’t pay him to write ill-thought-out opinion pieces, he covers photography, technology, and culture. You can follow him on Twitter.


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