WhatsApp to get three new features, know how to use

San Francisco, May 2 Facebook-owned WhatsApp is rolling out its "Restrict Group" for all iOS, Android and Windows Phone users -- a feature that gives the group administrator powers to restrict other members from sending text messages, photographs, videos, GIFs, documents or voice messages in case the admin thinks so.According to WABetaInfo, a popular fan site that tests new WhatsApp features early, you need to update your WhatsApp version to the 2.18.132 Android update in order to remotely receive the activation of the feature.The "Restrict Group" feature, first spotted in last December, adds "Privacy settings" in the group."All participants can normally edit the group description, icon and subject, but finally the administrator can restrict this feature today, preventing no-administrators to modify the group description," the website said.This action can be managed in the Admin Settings, a new option located in Group Info that's visible to the administrator only.In Admin Settings, the administrator can restrict who can change the group info.Administrators can keep sharing media and chatting as normal as they restrict other members.Once restricted, other members will simply have to read their messages and will not be able to respond.They will have to use the "Message Admin" button to post a message or share media to the group. The message will need to be approved by the administrator before going through to the rest of the group.In October, reports said administrators on WhatsApp groups will soon be able to choose if other participants can modify the subject of the group, its icon and its description.With over 1.5 billion monthly active users, WhatsApp is available in more than 50 different languages around the world and in 10 Indian languages.

Apart from this, WhatsApp group video calling feature is also confirmed by Facebook at its F8 Developer conference held in San Jose, California. 

The addition of group video calls will likely make it more appealing to users, however, there is no release date regarding when group video calling will be rolled out. WhatsApp users will also get new Stickers feature in coming days.

With IANS Inputs