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How to Setup and Use WhatsApp Communities [FAQs Answered]

In an effort to make WhatsApp even more useful, Meta continues to add new features to its app. Besides recent rollouts for Polls and Banking, WhatsApp has now introduced Communities to organize multiple groups under one roof for easy announcements. Today, we will discuss the WhatsApp Communities feature and the steps to enable it on Android, iPhone, and the web. Additionally, you can learn to hide WhatsApp Online Status from someone.

What is WhatsApp Communities?

Let's say you wish to send a message to multiple groups on WhatsApp. Normally, you have to forward it individually in each group to announce it, making the process time-consuming. This is where the new Communities feature comes in. This new feature allows you to organize multiple groups with the same interests under one big entity, making large-scale coordination and announcements much easier and faster. Once you're in a community, admins can send important updates to reach everyone at once. Some notable features of WhatsApp Communities are as follows:

  • You can add and manage up to 21 Groups inside a single WhatsApp Community.
  • Once you add a group, all its participants will be added automatically.
  • When an admin sends a message inside the community, each group participant will receive it individually.
  • Unlike groups, participants can't reply to posted community announcements.

How is Community Different from a WhatsApp Group?

If you feel confused between a WhatsApp group and a Community, we'll clear it up for you. Unlike WhatsApp groups, Communities work as a bigger or parent entity where you can house several groups together and keep them in the loop with your announcements. Ideally, you can use a WhatsApp group to connect people with the same interests in a single conversation.

On the other hand, Communities allow you to bring multiple WhatsApp groups under one umbrella making large-scale announcements much easier to send. However, participants can't reply to a message inside a community, as only admins are allowed to send messages.

Interesting Fact: A WhatsApp community can manage 21 groups at once, with each group having up to 512 members; you can reach 10,752 people at once with your announcement! (Though for some reason, WhatsApp has limited it to 5,000 Members )

Steps to Setup WhatsApp Communities

Now that you've understood communities, let's quickly learn to set it up on your WhatsApp account:

Pre-Requisite: Update WhatsApp App (Google Play Store or Apple App Store) to get the new WhatsApp Communities Feature Update.

On Android

In order to set up and use the WhatsApp Communities feature on your Android phone, follow the below-mentioned steps.

1. Open WhatsApp and switch to the Community tab by swiping to the left of your screen. Alternatively, you can press the Community tab icon in the top-left corner.

2. Type in a new community name and add a relevant description.

3. On the next page, you must add groups to your community to manage it. You can either create a new group or choose from an existing one by tapping the ‘Add Existing Groups‘ option.

4. Further, add your desired groups to the created community. You can add up to 21 groups inside a single community to manage it.

5. Once added, all group participants will be notified automatically of the newly created community.

6. Finally, tap on your created community name to post an announcement message. Your message will be delivered to all group participants individually, where they can view it. However, participants won't be able to post replies to your sent message in the community.

On iPhone

In order to set up and use the WhatsApp Communities feature on your iPhone, follow the below-mentioned steps.

1. Open WhatsApp on your iPhone and tap on the Communities tab at the bottom.

2. Add a new name to your community with a relevant description.

3. Next, pick and add your desired groups to the community and tap the Create button at the top-right corner.

4. Once created, tap on the community name to post a new announcement.

On Web

Similarly, you can set up and use the WhatsApp Communities feature on WhatsApp web, using the below-mentioned steps.

1. Open WhatsApp web and click on the Communities tab at the bottom, and click on Start Community.

WhatsApp Communities

2. Add a new name to your community with a relevant description.

3. Next, pick and add your desired groups to the community and tap the Create button at the top-right corner.

WhatsApp Communities

4. Once created, tap on the community name to post a new announcement.

How to Delete a WhatsApp Community?

If you believe that WhatsApp Community isn't a right fit for you, you can get rid of it with these easy steps:

1. Go to your created WhatsApp Community and tap the Deactivate Community button at the bottom of the page.

2. On the next screen, tap the Deactivate button and confirm your action by tapping the Deactivate button on the pop-up.

That's it! You've successfully deleted your WhatsApp Community. Once deactivated, the connected groups will be disconnected, and all the community information will be deleted instantly.

Note: Similarly, you can deactivate a community from the web as well.

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Q: What is the difference between a WhatsApp Community and a Group?

A: A community is a broader term, and can incorporate up to 21 groups, while a WhatsApp group is a narrow term. Please refer to our detailed difference section in this explainer to spot differences between them.

Q: How to set up a community WhatsApp Group?

A: Setting up a new WhatsApp Community is as easy as eating a pie. Check our detailed steps in this guide to create the same on Android, iPhone, and the web.

Q: How to join a WhatsApp Community?

A: You can ask the community admin to add you directly or invite you to join the same.

Q: Why can't I add a group to a WhatsApp Community?

A: Only a group admin can add a group to a community.

Q: I can't see the Communities Update in WhatsApp. How do I fix it?

A: Since the update is still being rolled out globally, you need to check and update your Whatsapp from respective app stores.

Q: How to remove a Group from WhatsApp Community?

A: A group admin has the right to remove the said group from a WhatsApp community, it can be done from the group settings page.

Remove group from WhatsApp Communities

Q: What happens when a WhatsApp community is deactivated?

A: When a community is deactivated, all the groups will be disconnected, admins won't be able to message, and all data of the community including the info, admin info, and groups will be deleted.

Q: Can I mute WhatsApp Community Notifications?

A: Yes, similar to a WhatsApp group, you can mute a WhatsApp Community, from the community settings. This ranges from 8 hours, 1 week to always.

Q: What can I see as a member of the WhatsApp Community?

A: As a member of the community, you can see and join the groups in the community, and send a request to the admin of the group to be part of it.

Q: Can I be a member of a  WhatsApp Community without being part of a Group?

A: Yes, once you have joined a community, via a group. You can exit that group, while still remaining part of the community.

Q: Can I make someone else admin of a WhatsApp Community?

A: Yes, similar to a WhatsApp group, an admin can promote any other member of the community to have admin privileges.

Q: Can I exit a WhatsApp Community?

A: Yes, you can exit or leave a community, to stop receiving updates from the admin.

Wrapping Up: Announcements Have Never been this Faster!

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