The capacity of WhatsApp groups has been steadily growing over time. The cap was 256 people in 2017, it was doubled to 512 in May of this year, and now a new extension is about to be introduced.
This has been advanced by WaBetaInfo, which found that the groups’ capacity has increased to 1,024 people in the beta versions of WhatsApp for iOS and Android. Although this new limit is currently available. It appears that only a small number of particular beta testers have obtained it. It will take some time before it reaches all users, though.
Also, it makes a lot of sense that WhatsApp is raising the cap on group size. WhatsApp’s mission has long extended beyond simple communication between people, and it now aims to provide an experience more similar to what Discord or Telegram groups can provide. Though Discord allows 500,000 users per server and Telegram 200,000 users per group. There is still a long way to go.
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WhatsApp will increase groups limit to 1,024 participants
The launch of the communities was its most recent step along this path. Communities on WhatsApp are groups that contain other groups. To find players for particular video games, you could, for instance, have a community called “gaming” where there are groups related to those games. Consider the “gaming” community, which has user groups for “Call of Duty,” “World of Warcraft,” and “Lost Ark,” among other games, as an example.
This system allows you to have a server and various thematic channels, similar to Discord. It appears that WhatsApp is moving toward providing something similar based on recent developments. Though it is still too early to tell how the change will pan out. In any case, it is evident that for communities to have significance, group capacity must grow.
As of right now, Meta hasn’t released any information about the 1,024 group members that will launch. We ,anticipate that it will ultimately be available sooner rather than later for all users. Time will tell.