WhatsApp is testing a new feature that will automatically mute large groups in order to reduce incoming notifications. The feature is reportedly being rolled out to Android beta users and will soon be released to the public. This comes shortly after the company released a larger group chat size of up to 1024 participants. Also Read - WhatsApp to launch ‘Message Yourself’ feature in India: All you need to know
WhatsApp will mute large groups soon: Know why
According to WABetainfo, WhatsApp has rolled out a new feature for beta users on Android. The feature will automatically mute large group notifications. Large groups as in groups with multiple members. Also Read - WhatsApp phone numbers of 500 mn users leaked online: Report
This is said to help users declutter their experience when it comes to the notifications that they receive from WhatsApp. Usually, an average active user receives up to 500+ messages in a day from an active group with max participants. Also Read - WhatsApp is rolling out contact cards sharing on Windows beta
Now that the group size limit has been increased to 1024, reducing notifications can be a good way of uncluttering your experience. That’s what Meta-owned WhatsApp plans to do.
As per a screenshot, a group was automatically muted with 256+ participants.
“This group has over 256 participants and was automatically muted to help reduce notifications.”
Although WhatsApp will mute large groups, you can unmute them anytime if you wish to.
Currently, there are no details about the official rollout of this feature for the public. Also, WhatsApp doesn’t seem to test it for iOS devices, which does hint that there could be still some time until WhatsApp publically releases this feature.
In related news, WhatsApp was recently testing the Message yourself option. The feature does what it says, allows you to message yourself. This is a great feature since you can not only use WhatsApp as a messaging app but also as a note-taking app.
And yes, you can also make a list of groceries so that you never miss buying anything.