Silent Exit: WhatsApp Will Soon Allow Users to Leave Unwanted Groups without Everyone's Knowledge

Silent Exit: WhatsApp Will Soon Allow Users to Leave Unwanted Groups without Everyone's Knowledge

  • WhatsApp is testing a new feature that will let users exit the group silently without alerting other members of the group
  • Only admins will be able to see who exits the group when this is feature launched which will help most people find reprieve
  • The app users have complained for years of being added in groups and unable to leave without making other people uncomfortable or raising an alarm

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WhatsApp is testing a new feature that lets you quietly leave a group chat without sending a notification to other members.

WhatsApp will allow users to leave groups without everyone's knowledge. Photo: Getty Images.
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WhatsApp users to enjoy quiet group exits in future

According to Daily Mail Online, the new feature was first spotted by independent WhatsApp experts WABetaInfo, which searches early beta versions of the app to identify upcoming features before they are released.

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It clarified in a blog post that group admins will still be able to see who exits the group when the feature becomes available, but other members in the group won't.

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The new feature could prevent unnecessary arguments that arise especially in more sensitive groups where members might take one's exit badly.

Mark Zuckerberg first disclosed the company's plans to allow users to silently leave groups back in April when Meta announced the new Communities feature that lets one place several group chats together and message them all at the same time.

However, no details emerged from the company since the announcement was made.

WABetaInfo obtained a screenshot of a WhatsApp beta on a desktop that shows an exit prompt reading: 'Only you and group admins will be notified that you left the group.'

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'This screenshot is very clear: when you want to exit a WhatsApp group, other people won’t be notified in the chat. Only group admins will be able to see who exits the group, but others don't," the company said in a blog post.

When one exits a group currently, WhatsApp adds a system message in the chat to inform all participants that you have left the group

The feature is planned to be rolled out to users 'in a future update', according to WABetaInfo, but no date has yet been given for the release.

List of smartphones no longer having WhatsApp

In a separate story, WhatsApp released a long list of 43 smartphones operating on Android and iOS which will no longer be available on its platform beginning November 2021.

Users will not be able to send messages and snaps or make video calls via the popular messaging service app.

Smartphone models with Android 4.0.4 or earlier installed will become incompatible with WhatsApp.

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