WhatsApp groups enable a person to create a group chat with up to 1024 participants from their contact list. The participants can then use the group to chat with each other and carry out conversations among themselves. A common question asked by users is ‘How to add someone to a WhatsApp group?’
By default, only a group admin or admins have the right to add new participants to their group. They can change the group settings to allow other participants to add members.
Alternatively, they can create an invite link to share with others who want to join the group. For an added layer of security, the admins can enable the Approve new participants button, available within the Group settings tab.
There are a few ways to add someone to a group, but the basic sequence for most operating systems and devices is opening Group chat > Group info > Add participant/Invite via link. This article provides a step-by-step process to add participants to your WhatsApp group on the Android and iOS apps and on web and desktop versions.
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Add participants to a group on the WhatsApp app
- Open the group chat and click on the subject found at the very top. Alternatively, on Android mobiles, long press on the group you want to add someone to in the Chats tab, then tap on the more options icon (three vertical dots) located at the top right corner of the app interface. In the pop-up that appears, click on Group info.
- On iOS mobiles, swipe the group to the left in the Chats tab. Click on More > Group info. On the Group info tab, scroll below till you spot the Add participant and Invite via link options. Tap Add participants and select the people you want to add from your contact list that appears. Or click on Invite via link, which leads to further options to share a link.
In the next section, we’ll talk about how you can add participants to a group on WhatsApp web or desktop.
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Add participants to a group on WhatsApp web
- Open the group chat and click on the subject located at the top which opens the Group info tab. Alternatively, once you open the group chat, click on the More options icon on the top left corner of the web interface and choose Group info in the pop-up that appears.
- In the Group info tab, scroll to the Add participant option. Click on that to select the members you want to add from the contact list that appears.
You can also add people with the Invite to group via link option right below Add participant. People can then join the group via the link once shared. Similar to mobile apps, to tweak the enabled and disabled features for security and privacy purposes, go to the Group settings tab and toggle the features as per your requirements.