But let’s say you’ve set up a group with three or more people and you realise you want to add someone else.
If you are an administrator of that group – which you will be automatically if you created it – you can add people to that existing group pretty easily.
Alternatively the original administrator can add other administrators by selecting them on the group page accessed by selecting the group name in the chat window.
Those admins can then add new group members to the fun and games as well.
Once you are an admin, adding members is simple. Here’s how it’s done:
- Go into Whatsapp.
- Tap the group in which you need to add members.
- Tap the area at the top of the chat, the section in which the group name appears.
- Scroll down and click the Add Participants option of whatsapp groups.
After that, you will be given two options. The first is to Invite to group via link, while the second option is to choose directly from your contact list the members you want to add.
If you select the second option, the person you tap on your contacts list will be automatically added to the group.
But if you pick the first option, if you click “invite to group via link”, you will be given multiple options:
- Send link via WhatsApp – the quickest option if they are using WhatsApp.
- Copy Link – to save the link or message it to them by pasting it on any platform (including WhatsApp).
- Share link – to share it straight to an email app or social media.
- Revoke link – to render the link you’ve just created obsolete, meaning it can no longer be used, and create a new one instantly.
There you have it! Your humble WhatsApp group is now itching to become an empire.
WhatsApp group chats are now a common feature for WhatsApp users who want to organise a holiday, a meal or just keep in touch with friends who are miles apart. Although thanks to WhatsApp’s 256 member rule (the maximum number of people in one group), the ‘just a few friends connecting’message seems to have gone on the window.
The +1.5 billion WhatsApp users are using Groups and businesses want to get into the arena. In the last six months, I have been approached by businesses that are using them for; news roundups, research panels, Insta-pod recruitment, traffic generators, social planning and (gulp) pitching stories. All interesting ideas – and there are millions more – but how do you keep the groups usable? Sure you can mute them (and large groups recommend you do) but that is not what admins or WhatsApp need. Instead, WhatsApp groups need to focus on be useful and give a good amount of signal. Here are some top tips group admins should consider:
1) Regularly post community guidelines and notes about the ‘reply’ functionality. Whether a new group or an established one it never hurts to post community/group guidelines and names of group admins in case people have questions. Larger and more socially-focussed groups especially benefit from doing this (especially reminding people about ‘reply’ functionality) as it can help topics stay on track and members know when to dip in and out and avoid self-promotional posts.
2) Create a recognised post type for important information. The content contained will vary from group to group but if you create a post that is easily recognisable (image, emoji, ASCII) people are more likely to spot the post in more active groups (plus it’s easy to search for).
3) Figure out what works (or what’s missing) by using a tool like WhatsAnalyzer or ChatVisualizer (check terms and conditions first). A handy tool that completes data visualisation on your exported chats. Use the data to determine when to post, topics to post about and members you might want to contact to be more active or ask if anything different needs to be done.
4) Get quick feedback using Google Forms and Doodle. Ask a question or 20 using Google Forms or schedule a meet-up easily with a quick link from Doodle both make running large groups more manageable and fairer. Using bit.ly can also add an extra layer of measurement for WhatsApp group admins (and users).
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5) Schedule discussions. It may sound strange but one of the best WhatsApp groups I am in schedules specific times to discuss topics (similar to Twitter chats or AMA on Reddit). One group even goes further and gets members to help create a Google Doc on the subject that is then edited by admins and then sent to everyone. This is unlikely to work for every group but it could be a good way to limit endless rivers of updates and create something usable faster.
Want to get started with a WhatsApp group? Check out the WhatsApp group chat help area first.