In its latest update, WhatsApp introduced a bunch of features, some of which were highly requested by users over the years. These include in-chat polls, increased group capacity, and the ability to host up to 32 people in a video chat. WhatsApp also introduced ‘Communities’, which took many people by surprise. ‘Communities’ is one of the bigger features that WhatsApp has rolled out in a while. Today, we bring you a full step-by-step guide on how to create a WhatsApp Community.
What is a WhatsApp Community?
A WhatsApp Community is where you can manage several different groups at once. Different groups can be clubbed together under one umbrella and managed together. This feature comes in handy when you moderate related groups and want to manage them in one place. For example, WhatsApp groups of different classes in a school can be brought together to form a ‘community’ of the school that they are a part of. Any announcements related to the school can be posted to the community where participants of all the groups can look them up.
Similarly, groups of teams at a workplace can be brought together as one community and managed in one place. One WhatsApp Community can accommodate up to 50 groups and 5000 members. Admins can post announcements in the ‘community announcement’ group for all the members to see.
Here’s how you can create a WhatsApp Community
Step 1: Open WhatsApp on your smartphone and swipe to the Community tab on the far left.
Step 2: Tap on ‘Start your Community.’
Step 3: Enter the Community name and Community description in the relevant fields. You can also upload an image as the Community thumbnail. Tap the forward arrow icon once you’re done.
Step 4: After entering the Community name and description, you can add pre-existing groups or create a new group. Tap on ‘Add an existing group’ to add groups that you’re an admin of.
Step 5: Tap the tick icon to create the Community.
This is how you can create a WhatsApp Community. If you’re an admin of multiple groups, Communities makes it easy to manage them in one place. You no longer need to copy/paste announcements manually into the groups. You can simply post them in the announcement group of the Community. Members of a community can request to join other groups that are a part of it.