How to use Communities on WhatsApp

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WhatsApp Messenger is an excellent messaging app for Android and iOS. It's amazing that this social media app is free and yet it continues to add new features to better the user experience. One of the many tools and features found in-app is the ability to create a Community. Let's dive into how you can create and use Communities on WhatsApp.

How to create and use Communities on WhatsApp

1. Open the WhatsApp app on your phone.

2. Tap the chat icon in the lower-right corner.

3. Select New community.

4. Fill in the community name, description, and picture if you want and then tap the little arrow in the bottom-right corner.

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5. Press Add existing groups to add relevant groups to the community.

6. Select the groups you want to add from the list and tap the little arrow in the lower-right corner.

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7. Tap the tick mark in the bottom-right corner to create the community.

With that, you have successfully created your first community on WhatsApp. Much like groups, you can always add more groups to a WhatsApp Community later on down the line. You can add up to 50 groups and 5000 people to a WhatsApp Community in total. Communities also allow you to create new groups while adding groups, which is a neat shortcut.

To use a WhatsApp Community, you simply enter the chat for the community in the app and type out a message as usual. Communities do not support conference calls or video calls and only a community admin can send messages. This makes WhatsApp communities more secure.

Organize and coordinate events with WhatsApp Communities

WhatsApp Community on an Android phone

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WhatsApp Communities can be very useful for coordinating local events. You could add multiple work groups to a single community or several different groups from your local area. School teachers and parents will also find value in this feature.

So whether you're planning a local bake sale, organizing a charity event, or coordinating a pool party, you'll surely find it easier to do so with a WhatsApp Community.

If your Android phone hasn't received the WhatsApp Communities update yet, don't be alarmed. Meta will be rolling out the feature in stages across the world, so it may or may not take time for you to receive it.

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Namerah Saud Fatmi
Contributing Writer

Namerah Saud Fatmi is a contributing writer for Android Central. She has a passion for all things tech & gaming and has been an honorary Goodreads librarian since 2011. When she isn't writing, she can be found chasing stray cats and dogs in the streets of Dhaka or slaying dragons in the land of Skyrim. You can reach her on Twitter @NamerahS.