What are WhatsApp channels?

 WhatsApp Channels are a one-way broadcast tool that allows admins to send text, photos, videos, stickers, and polls to followers. They are designed to be a simple, reliable, and private way to receive important updates from people and organizations within WhatsApp. Channels are separate from your chats with family, friends, and communities and can be found in a new tab called Updates.

To help you select channels to follow, WhatsApp is building a searchable directory where you can find channels related to your hobbies, sports teams, updates from local officials, and more. You can also access a channel by using invite links shared in chats, emails, or posted online.

WhatsApp aims to provide the most private broadcast service available. As a follower, your phone number and profile photo won’t be shown to the admin or other followers. Channel updates are not end-to-end encrypted by default but are stored on WhatsApp servers for up to 30 days. Admins have the option to block screenshots and forwards from their channel. They can also decide who can follow their channel and whether they want their channel to be discoverable in the directory.

WhatsApp Channels is currently being introduced in limited countries and to limited admins. It may not be available in your country yet.

Please note that WhatsApp Channels is different from YouTube channels. While WhatsApp Channels are designed for one-way broadcasts within WhatsApp, YouTube channels allow creators to share videos and interact with their subscribers.

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