WhatsApp recently announced channels features a new way broadcast which is currently under development. This feature enables users to get crucial updates from people and organizations in a trustworthy and private way. This feature is currently under development and not available for everyone but it can be used by WhatsApp beta for Android, iOS, and desktop.
What Are These Channels?
WhatsApp has announced a new feature called Channels. Channels are a way for people and organizations to share important updates with a large audience. Channels are private, so your personal information is protected. If you like any channel then you can follow it but if you have no interest in that channel then you can even unfollow it.
How to use Channels
To use the Channels feature, first open the WhatsApp app and tap on the “Updates” tab. This tab contains the list of the channels you follow. You can also search for channels by topic or interest. Just tap on the “Follow” button to follow any channel.
What can you do with the Channels feature?
With Channels, you can:
- Receive important updates from people and organizations you care about.
- Keep yourself updated on your hobbies and interests.
- Learn about local news and events.
- Get involved in your community.
How do Channels work?
Channels are managed by admins. Admins have the right to make changes in their channels as well as create and manage new channels. All of the channel’s subscribers will receive any updates that the admin posts.
Channels are private, so your personal information is protected. Your phone number and profile photo will not be shown to other channel members. You can also choose to keep your channel hidden from the directory.
WhatsApp believes that channel updates should not be stored forever. They’ll keep channel history on their servers for up to 30 days, and they’re working on new tools to make updates vanish from devices even faster. A feature that allows admins to choose to prevent screenshots and forwards from appearing in their channels.
The Channels feature is not by default end-to-end encrypted. WhatsApp is considering the introduction of end-to-end encrypted channels with a restricted audience in the future.
WhatsApp recently announced channels features a new way broadcast. It will be available to everyone in a future update of the WhatsApp beta app for Android, iOS, and Desktop. WhatsApp will start by rolling out Channels in Colombia and Singapore with some partners and select organizations to improve the user experience.
Channels are currently available in beta for Android, iOS, and Desktop. WhatsApp plans to roll out Channels to everyone in a future update.