WhatsApp testing ‘demote as admin’ feature for group chats


WhatsApp is often spotted testing new features for both Android and iOS. The Facebook-owned instant messaging service is yet again spotted testing a new feature on Android and iOS, for group chats. The feature includes a new button that will enable one administrator to “demote” or “dismiss” other admins. This new button makes the entire process easier as now one admin can demote others without the need to delete them from the group first and then re-adding as regular participants.

The instant messaging service is testing this new feature on Android (beta v2.18.12) and iOS. According to a report by WhatsApp fab site, WABetaInfo, the new feature appears in the “group info” section as “Dismiss as admin” option. By tapping on it, one administrator can remove the other from the admin position in a jiffy.

The report says,“At present, WhatsApp is developing this feature for iOS, and it will be available soon for all users, instead of for Android it is already enabled by default in the newest WhatsApp Google Play beta for Android 2.18.12.”

WhatsApp Dismiss as admin

With this latest piece of information, we can say that WhatsApp is working towards granting more powers to group administrators. Another feature that is rumoured to debut on the app would enable group admins to restrict all the other group participants from sending text messages, photos, videos, documents, voice messages, and GIFs. The instant messaging has also submitted the Restricted Groups setting in the version 2.17.430 via Google Play Beta Programme.

Restricted Groups setting: More power to the admins

The Restricted Groups setting is limited to group admins and can only be activated by them. It allows admins to share media and chat even when other members are restricted. Also, once activated, the Restricted Groups setting would let admins share stuff on the group while other members could only read and not respond. Of course, other users can send message or media to the admin on the group by clicking on the Message Admin button, but that message will first be approved by the admin to show up for others on the group.

Well, with all these powers vested in the group admins, we wonder if other participants would like being there. What are your thoughts on all these expected features for group chats? head to the comments section below and let us know.

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