Clever WhatsApp trick lets you text loads of pals at once – without making a group
A CLEVER WhatsApp feature lets you send a message to loads of people at once – without setting up a new Group Chat.
It's called 'Broadcast', takes just a few seconds to set up, and sends the exact same message to lots of contacts.
It's a much better alternative to Group Chats when you're just trying to tell people some information quickly.
For example, maybe you want to announce some news – like an engagement or a birth – to lots of people at once.
Broadcast Lists are a great way to avoid having too many Group Chats.
Importantly, no one else sees the recipient's replies.
"When they reply, it will appear as a normal message in your Chats screen," WhatsApp explains.
"Their reply will not be sent to other recipients in the Broadcast List."
How to create a Broadcast List
If you're using an iPhone, simply open the app and navigate to the main Chats screen.
Then select the Broadcast Lists option – it's under the giant Chats logo near the top.
Next, tap New List at the bottom and select a few contacts who you'd like to contact en masse regularly.
You can create several lists, so don't get too hung up on who is in your first list.
Once that's done, you can tap into a list and send messages to all recipients.
They'll receive the messages in your standard chats with them.
For Android users, the process is very similar.
Open WhatsApp, then go to the Chats screen and tap More Options > New Broadcast.
Then tap the + icon to choose recipients from your contacts list.
Tap Done then tap Create, and you'll now have a new list of broadcast recipicents.
WhatsApp – a quick history
Here's what you need to know…
- WhatsApp was created in 2009 by computer programmers Brian Acton and Jan Koum – former employees of Yahoo
- It's one of the most popular messaging services in the world
- Koum came up with the name WhatsApp because it sounded like "what's up"
- After a number of tweaks the app was released with a messaging component in June 2009, with 250,000 active users
- It was originally free but switched to a paid service to avoid growing too fast. Then in 2016, it became free again for all users
- Facebook bought WhatsApp Inc in February 2014 for $19.3billion (£14.64bn)
- The app is particularly popular because all messages are encrypted during transit, shutting out snoopers
- As of February 2020, WhatsApp has over 2billion users globally
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