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San Francisco, Oct 15: The newest Beta version of WhatsApp for Android has several updates, including a smaller app size and a feature that would notify the contacts when you change your number, a media report said.

According to technology website Teknepolis, the latest package 2.17.375 takes up less space when downloading and installing. The decrease — approximately 6MB — in the size is due to the elimination of 20 libraries that were added in versions above.

The other major update is that when you change your phone number in WhatsApp, your contacts would receive notification of the update.

The feature would work every time you change your phone number.

Users can even customise which contacts — all or with which they have chats — would see that they have changed numbers.

In addition to these two major updates, the company has also modified 473 files correcting several minor errors. (IANS)

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WhatsApp Begins Rolling Out ‘Restrict Group’ Feature For Admins

WhatsApp rolls out 'Restrict Group' feature for admins: Report

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WhatsApp Gets Restricted Group Feature to Prevent Unwanted Group Info Edits
WhatsApp Gets Restricted Group Feature to Prevent Unwanted Group Info Edits. Pixabay

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.

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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.

Also Read: Amid Data Privacy Scandal, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum Quits Facebook

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.  IANS