According to reports, WhatsApp is working to increase the maximum number of participants in a single group chat from 512 to 1024. The voice-over-IP and instant messaging service, owned by Meta, has started testing bigger groups with select users on the beta channel.
In June, the service raised the number of users participating in a group chat from 256 to 512. It also included sharing bigger files (up to 2GB) and emoji reactions for messages.
Currently, WhatsApp is developing an undo feature for messages that have been deleted as well as an edit feature for messages that have already been sent.
WABetaInfo, a feature tracker, discovered that WhatsApp had increased the group chat limit for beta testers. The number of participants in group conversations has increased a second time this year.
The previous capacity increase was put out in June after beginning this year’s beta testing with certain users.
The feature tracker claims that an unknown number of WhatsApp Beta users on Android and iOS will have the option to add 1024 users this week via an app update.
According to WABetaInfo, the company also intends to introduce features that will give admins better control over large group chats. These features will include the creation of a section for pending participants that will allow admins to view and manage user requests to join the group and let admins approve them at any time, as well as an approval system that will enable admins to give other users the ability to add new members to the group.
WhatsApp, however, has not officially approved the news or provided a release date for the new limits, which are now being tested with a small number of beta users.
The maximum number of members in a group conversation on Telegram is 2 lakh. Telegram conversations are less secure than WhatsApp groups because, unlike WhatsApp, they are not end-to-end encrypted.