WhatsApp Groups Gets New Features; YouTube Gets An Incognito Mode!

The features come with new opt-in for users in Groups and more controls for admins.


WhatsApp Groups Gets New Features

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum recently left the company, and the social messaging platform was in the middle of a hassle as its parent company, Facebook, was in the news for all the wrong reasons. Amidst the Facebook controversy and CEO-exit, the company has now added a number of new features to the messaging app, which also includes an option to catch up with messages later in Groups.

Its rival Telegram is famous for super-big groups with more controls, and lately, WhatsApp has been taking its Groups feature seriously. The company has added a slew of features to its Group in the recent few updates. The latest update also primarily focuses on enhancing the user experience in Groups.

WhatsApp Groups – New Features

The features come with new opt-in for users in Groups and more controls for admins. The features will be available on both Android and iOS versions starting today. The social messaging company has added five important new features to the Groups.

1. Group Description

WhatsApp will now come with a newly updated group description which will show up at the top of the chat when a new user joins. The description remains visible to all the participants in the group and even to those who are invited to join the group.

2. Group Catch Up

WhatsApp has added a new Group catch up feature, which now lets users catch up with previous messages quickly. One can now stay get updated with texts they might have missed. There will be a new ‘@ button’ which will appear on the bottom-right side of the chat window.

3. Participant Search Feature

A new search feature has been added, called the Participant Search Feature, so users can find users easily in a big group. The search option will be available on the group info page.

4. New Admin Control Options

More control will now be available with group admins. Admins can now remove permissions for other group members. Other Admins can now be removed by the Group Creators, and the creators can no longer be removed from the group.

5. Protection Option

WhatsApp has also added a new protection option so that users cannot be repeatedly added to the groups which have left a certain number of times.

WhatsApp currently has over 1.5 billion users and the company is trying to add more users to Groups to increase the average time spent by per user.

YouTube Incognito Mode

YouTube is working on a private window mode so that users don’t have to worry about YouTube browsing and search history anymore. YouTube app is getting a dedicated mode to hide history with a dedicated secret mode.

YouTube's Incognito Mode
YouTube’s Incognito Mode. Image: Android Police

The Incognito Mode on YouTube will be very similar to a private viewing mode on any web browser. The Incognito mode in YouTube will no longer keep a track of user history.

The app needs to be updated to the latest version to be able to use the new Incognito Mode function. The latest version can be downloaded from here.

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