WhatsApp is the new age method of easy and quick communication. WhatsApp is being used in hundreds of countries and by speakers of thousands of languages. The mobile app is easy to use and provides a host of useful features like Last Seen, use on PC, chat emoticons, read receipts etc. One such feature is WhatsApp Broadcast. This feature allows you to send a WhatsApp message to all your contacts.
I have been getting such messages on WhatsApp which seem to be one-made-for-all types. I knew that there must be a broadcast or bulk message feature in WhatsApp but I never bothered myself to look for it —well, after all, even without such explorations we waste a lot of time on WhatsApp anyway!
But yesterday when someone in office asked me if it was possible to send a WhatsApp message to multiple contacts, I decided to look into the matter. And I didn't need to look too deep! WhatsApp Broadcast is very intuitive feature. Let's learn how it works.
OK, first of all, let me clarify, that you can not send a WhatsApp message to all in one go. There is a limitation on WhatsApp Broadcast, it allows broadcast only to those people who have your phone number saved in their phonebook. This has been done to ensure that this feature is not used for spamming.
In order to send a WhatsApp message to multiple contacts, take the following steps:
- Open WhatsApp
- Tap the Menu Button to open the main menu
- Select New Broadcast
- Tap on the plus sign (+) to select contacts whom you want to send the bulk message
- Tap on Done
- Tap on Create
Now WhatsApp will open the message screen with all the selected contacts added as the recipients. Type the message and send it. Easy!
This broadcast list will be saved like any other chat conversation. You can open this list and send more messages in future.
Here is a YouTube video that demonstrate the above steps:
If you need to remove or add contacts in an already created broadcast list, you can do so.
- Open the broadcast list
- Tap on Menu Button
- Select Broadcast list info
- To remove a recipient from the list, tap and hold on their name. You will be given to Remove participant from broadcast list
- Tap on Add recipient… button in order to add more contacts in the list
Yes, it's a good question. If you have used groups on WhatsApp, you may ask how WhatsApp Broadcast is different from WhatsApp Group! Well, the difference lies in anonymity. In WhatsApp Group, all the members know who are the other members of the group. Therefore, every group members know who all would receive a group message.
On the other hand, recipient list in WhatsApp Broadcast remains private. Recipients don't come to know who else has received the message. Each list member receives your message as though it was sent only to him.
In email analogy, WhatsApp Group is like using CC (carbon copy) option. Whereas, WhatsApp Broadcast is like using BCC (blind carbon copy).
Go on! Open your WhatsApp and send your first broadcast message to all your friends! Should you have any question in this regard, please feel free to ask me through comments section. I will be happy to try and assist you. Thank you for using TechWelkin!