Remember text messages? Those little 160 character SMS packages of joy? The “vvvrrrfff-vvvrrrff” of your phone, accompanied by a little pixelated envelope? As of 2009, Whatsapp has been doing its utmost to see the world shift from the Short Message Service to its streamlined app. The world sends over 30 billion messages a day with it, along with some 200 million photos – and now people are making phone calls through it.
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It’s one of the largest uses of phone data packages across the globe.
And yet, we bet you didn’t know it could do all this…
Send a broadcast list
Sure, you’ve got group chats for talking to your football team/work colleagues/Dungeons & Dragons group – but there are times when you might want to send a message to a bunch of people without having to add them to a conversation orgy.
That’s why Whatsapp has Broadcast List – a function that allows you to send the same message to a list of contacts. “Meal starts at 7pm/Game kicks off at 3pm/Don’t forget to bring your robes”, that sort of thing.
From the Chats screen, on Android you’ll want to hit the Menu button (three dots) and select New broadcast. On iOS, there’s an option for Broadcast Lists at the top of the chat screen.
Add the contacts you want to receive the message (it’ll only work if they’ve got your number on their phone, mind), write the message and bosh – mass communication without the need for a group.