Although Android could also get this upgrade, it is currently being beta-tested on iOS.
WhatsApp has recently been seen working on enhancing its arsenal with new features, primarily focusing on group chats. The service recently increased the maximum number of users for group chats from 100 to 512 and introduced Communities, an all-new way to message like-minded people. With such large groups, administrators and members would like to keep a tab on members who recently left the conversation. WhatsApp is beta-testing a feature, so you aren’t asking around or left guessing.
WhatsApp beta version 18.104.22.168 for iPhone allows group members and administrators to see who has left or been removed from the group in the last 60 days (via WABetaInfo). A new option called ‘See Past Participants’ is now visible under the list of current participants in the ‘Group info’ tab. The list of removed members now includes a dedicated search bar, which could be useful for large threads with a constant exodus of members and an influx of new ones. Small businesses that use WhatsApp groups for internal communication or client interaction may benefit from the feature as well.
Additionally, the current method of notifying the chat when a member leaves or is booted is being dismissed. No one will receive in-chat messages for such events besides admins; this may be done to facilitate moderation. As a result, only the list of “Past Participants” will contain information about group members who have left.
The feature is currently rolling out to WhatsApp TestFlight beta users on iOS, but given the app’s cross-platform nature, we think it should arrive to the Android and desktop apps as soon as possible. Recently, WhatsApp was spotted testing an Android feature that would allow group administrators to help moderate content by removing messages. To make chats a little bit easier to manage, we hope that feature will also be added.