WhatsApp's new feature has been released globally

Emre Çitak
Sep 14, 2023
Updated • Sep 14, 2023

WhatsApp has recently introduced a new feature called "WhatsApp Channels".

This innovative feature allows users to create and join communities based on shared interests or topics, enabling them to communicate and collaborate more effectively.

WhatsApp Channels offer several useful features that make communication and collaboration more efficient.

Some of these features include:

  1. Enhanced directory: Channels are tailored based on user countries, making it easier to discover new, active, and popular channels
  2. Reactions: Users can react to updates with emojis, which are private and don't show up for other followers
  3. Editing: Admins can edit updates for up to 30 days before they get deleted from servers automatically
  4. Forwarding: When forwarding an update to chats or groups, it includes a link back to the channel for easy access
  5. Privacy handling: WhatsApp Channels allow users to follow without sharing their phone numbers with new contacts outside their existing ones

See how WhatsApp's YouTube channel describes this new feature below.

How to create WhatsApp Channels

Here is how to create WhatsApp Channels:

  1. Open WhatsApp and navigate to the "Updates" tab
  2. Click the plus (+) sign in the top-right corner, then select "New Channel"
  3. Provide a name for your channel and click "Create Channel"
  4. Customize your channel by adding a description and icon

Once you've created your channel, you can start sharing updates and engaging with your audience. You can also customize your channel settings to control who can send messages and who can see your updates.

Read alsoWhatsApp's Mac-nificent move.

How do you manage a WhatsApp Channel?

Managing a WhatsApp Channel is a straightforward process, and several key features empower administrators to efficiently oversee their channels. These features include the ability to edit updates within a generous 30-day timeframe before automatic deletion from servers. Users can express their reactions to updates through emojis, with the assurance that these reactions remain private and don't become visible to other followers.

Moreover, WhatsApp Channels simplify the sharing process by including a link back to the channel when updates are forwarded to chats or groups. This functionality ensures easy access for recipients to explore the content further.

How to create WhatsApp Channels
Knowing how to create WhatsApp Channels will allow you to form your small community in no time - Image courtesy of WhatsApp 

In terms of privacy, WhatsApp Channels offer a convenient solution, allowing users to follow channels without the necessity of sharing their phone numbers, particularly with new contacts who are not part of their existing network.

Administrators wield substantial control over their channels, including the ability to manage members. This means they can decide who can join the channel and who has the privilege to post updates. Additionally, moderators can be appointed to assist in channel management, ensuring that community guidelines are upheld.

To gauge the channel's performance and engagement, administrators have access to analytics data. This valuable tool aids in tracking the channel's growth and user engagement, providing essential insights for effective management and content strategy.

Featured image credit: WhatsApp


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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments (https://www.ghacks.net/chatgpt-gets-schooled-by-princeton-university/#comments). Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If ghacks.net intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this Friend.tech as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/08/23/what-is-friend-tech/] and it appears there but as well here at [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/07/08/how-to-follow-everyone-on-threads/]

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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