New WhatsApp feature lets you mute others during group calls

WhatsApp added a number of new features this week, including the ability to mute others during group conversations (via Android Central).

WhatsApp added a number of new features this week, including the ability to mute others during group conversations (via Android Central).

According to The Verge, this sanity-saving tool seems to be useful not only for muting people who don’t, but also if you’re in the same room as someone else in the conversation and don’t want to hear an echo of their words.

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While some conference programs, such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams, allow hosts to mute all (or certain) participants, most do not allow individual users to mute everyone they want during a session.

This feature provides a new level of control that is probably best reserved for hectic meetings with up to eight people on video calls or 32 on audio calls.

In addition to the new mute feature, WhatsApp also lets you message specific people during a group conversation, which is useful if you need to send someone a note or make a joke that might not go down well with the entire group.

WhatsApp is also introducing a new banner that will notify you when someone joins a conversation after it’s already started, as reported by The Verge.

More than just the group calling capability is being developed by the messaging service. WhatsApp said Friday that you can now control who sees your profile picture, about and last seen status, which shows when you were last active on the network.

This can help keep your profile hidden from professional contacts or anyone you don’t want access to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Due to potential privacy concerns, WhatsApp started hiding your last seen status from outsiders by default last year.

WhatsApp finally allowed Android users to move their chat history to iPhones earlier this week after the company first allowed users to transfer their conversation data the opposite way (from iPhone to Android) last year.

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