WhatsApp has officially launched its new Channels feature in over 150 countries, along with the addition of thousands of new channels. This feature has been in development since earlier this year and aims to provide users with a private outlet to receive updates from various organizations, sports teams, artists, and notable figures.
Channels on WhatsApp are separate from regular chats and allow users to follow specific channels without the visibility of others, ensuring privacy. Users can browse through different channels and choose to track those that interest them.
Based on feedback received during testing in ten countries, WhatsApp has made several updates to the Channels feature for its global release:
1. Enhanced directory: This makes it easier to find channels to follow, with the option to filter by country.
2. Reactions: Users can now give feedback on updates using emojis.
3. Editing: Admins have the ability to make changes to their updates for up to 30 days.
4. Forwarding: Updates can be easily shared with others, making it convenient for users to find the channel.
WhatsApp plans to continue adding more features based on user feedback as the Channels feature grows and expands. One upcoming feature will be the ability for anyone to create a channel, similar to Instagram’s current functionality.
To access Channels, users can find them in the new “Updates” tab once the feature becomes available. This tab includes the official WhatsApp Channel, which provides updates on any new additions to the app.
If users don’t have access to the Channels feature yet, they can click on any WhatsApp Channel link and a popup within the application will offer the option to be notified when it becomes available.
WhatsApp’s Channels feature aims to enhance user experience and privacy while providing a convenient platform for receiving updates from various sources. Stay tuned for more updates and new features as WhatsApp continues to develop and expand its Channels offering.