Latest WhatsApp v2.18.142 brings new admin controls and more

WhatsApp is rolling out the biggest update for the platform in years. The latest update which is now available from the Play Store brings new admin controls, catch-up, and participant search. This new update bumps the app version to 2.18.142.


The new admin controls enable only admins to send messages in the group. Thus, groups can be now protected from spams if it is meant only for information or other important purposes. This features can be turned on by admin from Group Info -> Group Settings -> Send Messages -> Only Admins. Also, admins now gain rights to decide who can change the description, subject, and the icon of the group. They can even remove admin status from others.

Further, the new update also brings catch up feature which will help users read the tagged messages and replies easily. A new @ button will float in the bottom right corner. Lastly, group members can now easily search other participants from Group Info.

WhatsApp v2.18.142 Official Changelog

  • Admin controls – Those with admin rights can now decide whether those without them are able to change the subject, icon, and description of the group. Moreover, admins can remove admin permission from others (without removing them from the group) and group creators are now immune to being ejected.
  • Catch-up – When you return to a group chat with a fair few messages, a new @ button floating in the bottom right corner (above image) will show you any mentions or replies so you don’t need to sift through everything to get to something important.
  • Participant search – On the group info screen, there is now a search function — handy for groups with a large number of members.

Get the latest version of WhatsApp from the Play Store now.

Sudarshan R
Sudarshan R
Just another random tech-savvy person.


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