Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced the launch of WhatsApp channels in India and over 150 countries. According to the instant messaging app, WhatsApp Channels is a one-way broadcast tool that provides a private way to receive updates from individuals and organizations on WhatsApp.
“Today we’re excited to open WhatsApp channels in India and over 150 countries and provide a private way to get updates that matter to you. We welcome thousands of organizations, sports teams, artists and thought leaders for people to follow,” the Meta-owned app wrote in a blog post.
“I’m excited to introduce you all to WhatsApp Channels, a new private way to get updates from the people and organizations you follow. I’m starting this channel to share Meta news and updates. I look forward to connecting with you all around the world,” Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said.
According to the company, WhatsApp aims to use Channels to build the most private messaging service available. Channels are separate from your conversations, and other Followers won’t see who you choose to follow. The application also protects the personal information of both administrators and followers.
How to download WhatsApp channels?
Channels can be found in the new Updates tab, where you can find the status and channels you want to follow.
Features of WhatsApp Channels
Enhanced Directory – You can now find channels to watch that are automatically filtered based on your country. You can also view channels that are new, most active, and most popular based on follower count.
Reactions – You can react with emoticons to give feedback and see the total number of reactions. How you react is not visible to followers.
Editing – Soon admins will be able to make changes to their updates for up to 30 days as we automatically remove them from our servers.
Repost – Whenever you post an update to chats or groups, it includes a link back to the channel so people can get more information.
According to Meta, WhatsApp channels will be rolled out globally in the next few weeks. They continue to add new features and expand channels based on user feedback.
How to create a channel on WhatsApp
– Open WhatsApp Web and go to Channels by clicking the Channels icon
– Click > Create channel.
– Click Continue and proceed through the on-screen prompts.
– Finish creating your channel by adding a channel name. You can change the name again at any time.
You can customize your channel by adding a description and icon or wait until later.
-Add channel description: Write a few words to help potential followers understand what your channel is about.
– Add a channel icon: Stand out from the crowd by adding a photo from your phone or the web.
– Click Create Channel and you’re done!