WhatsApp rolling out feature to add new channel admins on iOS

Latest WhatsApp update for iOS reveals "channel admin" feature has been made available for some beta testers

By Web Desk
December 02, 2023
WhatsApp app is seen on a n iPhone in this undated photo. — AFP

Meta-owned messaging platform WhatsApp has just submitted a version update for the iOS, which brings the ability for the channel owners to add new admins, WABetaInfo reported.

Bringing another improvement to the app, Whatsapp has rolled out a new feature for some beta testers.

The feature was earlier reported to be in the works for the Android version of the app, but the latest WhatsApp version update for the iOS revealed that it has been made available for iPhone users as well.

The enhancement has been designed to grant channel owners advanced administrative control and improved delegation capabilities.

— WABetaInfo

This screenshot gives the idea about the new feature as the beta testers may see a new “Invite Admins” feature within the channel info screen.

By choosing this option, the channel owners will be able to assign administrative privileges to selected contacts for their channels, with the flexibility to invite up to 15 contacts for the role of admin.

However, the designated contact must accept the invitation before obtaining administrative access to the channel.

After accepting the invite, the new admins will have the ability to modify essential channel details, including the name, icon, and description, the WhatsApp news tracker said.

Besides that, the channel admins can also edit channel settings, controlling which emojis are permitted for reactions within the channel.

As per WABetaInfo, the update extends beyond administrative tasks, allowing admins to actively contribute to the channel’s content creation.

"They have the ability to generate and share content while also managing channel updates, whether their own or those shared by other admins, by editing or deleting them."

It may, however, be noted that there are some limitations in the capabilities of new admins, as they will not be able to add or remove other admins and delete the entire channel.