According to reports, WhatsApp is working on a new feature for group users on its platform. The feature essentially enables one admin to ‘demote’ other administrators of a group, without first deleting them from the group and then adding them as normal participants.

It simply means WhatsApp group admins can now take down others’ admin status without removing them from the group. Right now, when an administrator wants to remove a fellow administrator from the post, it is required to first directly remove the concerned administrator from the group and then add him or her again.

The new option, present in the Group Info section as “Dismiss as admin”, allows an administrator to dismiss another one without removing him or her from the group. WhatsApp is testing the feature both for iOS as well as Android, as per reported by WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features early.

“At present, WhatsApp is developing this feature for iOS and it will be available soon for all users, instead of Android it is already enabled by default in the newest WhatsApp Google Play beta for Android 2.18.12,” the report added.

The instant messaging app may give group administrators more authorities where they would be able to restrict all other members from sending text messages, photographs, videos, GIFs, documents or voice messages.

The Facebook-owned messaging platform has submitted the “Restricted Groups” setting via Google Play Beta Programme in the version 2.17.430. Only the group administrators can activate the “Restricted Groups” setting. Admins can keep sharing media and chat as normal as they restrict other members.

Once restricted, other members will simply have to read their messages and will not be able to respond. They will have to use the “Message Admin” button to post a message or share media to the group. The message will need to be approved by the administrator before going through to the rest of the group.

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