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WhatsApp, the popular messaging platform, has just unveiled a game-changing feature – WhatsApp Channels. This new feature allows you to follow your favourite celebrities, sports teams, artists, thought leaders, and organizations within the app. Say goodbye to missing updates from those who matter most to you. Let’s dive into what WhatsApp Channels is all about.
WhatsApp Channels: A New Way to Stay Informed
WhatsApp has long been a go-to app for communication with family, friends, and colleagues. But with WhatsApp Channels, the platform is expanding its horizons. This new feature is a one-way broadcast tool, ensuring you never miss critical updates. Here’s what you need to know:
Global Availability: WhatsApp Channels is rolling out worldwide, reaching over 150 countries, including India. This means you can access this feature no matter where you are.
Easy Discovery: Finding channels to follow is a breeze. WhatsApp automatically filters channels based on your location, and you can also search for channels by name or category. Plus, discover new, active, and popular channels with a click.
Who’s On Board: WhatsApp Channels boasts an impressive lineup of celebrities, sports teams, artists, thought leaders, and organizations. From the Indian Cricket team to Katrina Kaif, Diljit Dosanjh, Akshay Kumar, and more, you’ll find your favourites. Even Mark Zuckerberg has his WhatsApp Channel for updates on Facebook and WhatsApp products.
Privacy Matters: WhatsApp prioritizes your privacy. Your phone number and profile photo remain hidden from the admin and other followers when you follow a channel. Your phone number will also be kept secret when you follow a channel. The choice of whom to follow is entirely yours and private. Additionally, channel history is saved for only 30 days.
Engagement: Express yourself with emojis and see the total count of reactions to updates. Your responses are private and won’t be visible to other followers. You can also share updates with your chats or groups, complete with a link to the channel for more information. Unsubscribing or muting a channel is effortless when you decide to stop following.
Admins, Take Charge: If you’re an admin, you can create a channel using your existing WhatsApp account or a new one. You can edit your updates for up to 30 days before they’re automatically deleted from WhatsApp servers.
How to Get Started with WhatsApp Channels
Getting in on the action is simple:
- Ensure you have the latest WhatsApp version from the Google Play Store or App Store.
- Open WhatsApp and navigate to the Updates tab at the bottom of the screen. There, you’ll find a list of channels ready to be followed.
- To follow a channel, tap the ‘+’ button next to its name. You can also click on the channel name to view its profile and description.
- To react to a channel update, press and hold the message.
WhatsApp Channels is your gateway to staying informed and connected with the people and organizations that most matter to you. Upgrade your WhatsApp experience today and explore this exciting new feature.