WhatsApp announced new features for groups and they are now rolling out to both Android and iPhone users with the latest versions of the stable apps. Most of these new WhatsApp group features have been seen in prior Android. The new features include the ability to set a group description, new controls for WhatsApp group admins, a mentions feature, as well as participant search.

Group Description

Group creators can now add a group description when creating a group, allowing them to show participants a that describes the purpose, guidelines for the group. The group description can be changed by group admins and participants.

Admin Control

Other new WhatsApp group admin controls include the ability to control who can change a group’s subject and icon giving them a choice between all participants or only admins. Group admins can now also remove admin permissions of other group participants.

Catch Up

WhatsApp users can now also use the new mentions feature in groups. The features let users find those messages in which they have been mentioned or those messages that reply to them. To find these messages, WhatsApp group users will only have to tap the @ button that now appears at the bottom-right corner of the chat.

Search Participants

Finally, WhatsApp users will be able to search for participants in a group by visiting the Group info section within a group. The Facebook-owned company also announced that it has made it harder for users to be re-added to groups they’ve left – an effort to reduce spam group invitations.