WhatsApp is a popular instant messaging service for smartphones that needs no introduction. It supports Individual Chats, Broadcasts and Groups. Sometimes users want to change the admin of the group or add new admins as a few powers (like Adding new members, removing members; etc) are only available to admins. Read on to know how to promote more members as admins and how to demote the present admins.
Adding More Admins to WhatsApp Groups
WhatsApp group admins can not only add or remove members, they can now also promote members as admins. Promoting another member as admin will give him/her the power to add or remove members as well. To add more admins:
- Open WhatsApp group where you act as an Admin.
- Open the list of participants (members) by tapping on group info.
- Tap and hold (long tap) on the name or number of the member whom you want to make the admin.
- Tap on Make Group Admin.
The selected member will be promoted as an Admin.
Removing Admins from WhatsApp Groups
WhatsApp has added new features with the recent update. Now, all admins have the power to edit Admin members. So, they can remove an admin from his post without having to remove him and then re-add to the whatsapp groups. Here’s how:
- Open the group info page. You can tap on the group name (topic) to open group info.
- Scroll down to the list of participants.
- Tap and hold on the name/number of the member for whom you want to revoke admin rights.
- Select Dismiss as admin from the list of actions.
Note: Group creator acts as a Super Admin. He cannot be removed from his Admin position by any other admin(s).
You can also add or remove Admins in bulk via the option in Group Settings > Edit group admins.
Changing WhatsApp Group Admin
If the members want to have only one admin, the admin of the group can promote a co-member as an admin and then exit the group. Finally ask the new admin to re-add him to the group. He will no longer have his admin rights thereafter.
Private conversations beware! Despite end-to-end encryption now being commonplace in WhatApp conversations, German cryptographers have discovered a minor flaw in WhatsApp’s security that could lead to private conversations being gatecrashed by uninvited hackers, bypassing the usual chat admin invitations.
In their paper, More is Less: On the End-to-End Security of Group Chats in Signal, WhatsApp, and Threema, presented to other enthusiasts at the Real World Crypto Symposium in Zurich, Switzerland, the team warned that WhatsApp has no security measures to stop invitations being spoofed from their own servers, leaving a hole that could leave millions of conversations at risk of being snooped on.
But it’s not all bad news. Essentially, the hacker would need to be in control of WhatsApp’s main chat servers — a fairly tall order — and only then would they be able to bypass the group’s administrator and insert users into any conversation. However, anyone who did manage to achieve this would then have near limitless power within the chat, being able to selectively block message visibility from accounts, and even block users from participating in the chat.
However, Facebook-owned WhatsApp doesn’t seem to be too worried about the potential hole in its security. A WhatsApp spokesperson (speaking to Wired) admitted that the flaw was real, but pointed out that there was no way that the added user could be hidden and receive messages from the group. WhatsApp has built-in security measures that stop hidden users from being able to participate in group chats, and anyone who wanted to snoop on a particular chat would find their cover quickly blown when the client announced their arrival to everyone in the chat, making it an inefficient way to spy on users. What’s more, disabling the flaw would likely break the “Group Invite Link” feature that many group chats enjoy — implying that the security issue likely stems from this particular feature.
However, Matthew Green of Johns Hopkins University called WhatsApp’s response “dumb,, likening it to leaving a bank’s vault open and relying on a single security camera to deter criminals. If any really sensitive information was stored in that group chat, then the hacker would have access to it, making WhatsApp’s lauded encryption useless.
WhatsApp has been in the news multiple times for reasons of security. After making all messages sent on its platform fully encrypted in 2016, the chat company has faced criticism from U.K. lawmakers, while action taken by Brazil was of a more serious nature.