Whatsapp lets you search your message threads. You can search all threads at once, or you can search a particular thread. In-thread search is useful for obvious reasons; it’s an easier way to recall a part of a conversation. For example, if you settled on a day or time to meet someone, the search will help you find it without scrolling through the entire conversation. Whatsapp has just added group participant search in its most recent update. You can now search Whatsapp group participants.

Whatsapp has group conversation threads and if you’re the admin of a group, you control who is in the group. If you’re trying to avoid someone in a group for whatever reason you might want to know if they’re in the group or not. Regardless of why you may want to search Whatsapp group participants, the fact is that you can now. You don’t need to be the admin of a group to search its participants.

Search Whatsapp Group Participants

Open Whatsapp and tap on the group conversation thread that you want to search in. Tap the group name at the very top to go the group’s detail page. Scroll down and you will see a new section called ‘Participants’. It will tell you how many people are in the current group. Next to it you will see a Search option. Tap it. You can search Whatsapp group participants by name or by phone number.

If you tap a participant in the group, you have the option to view their information, call them, send a direct message, or verify their security code. This will not reveal information about a participant that is otherwise hidden to you. For example, if a participant is not your contact, their info will not reveal their name. The call, message, and security code verification options will still be there.

This is mostly a tool that benefits admins of Whatsapp groups. If you manage multiple groups on Whatsapp, this tool can be used to control who is added to which group and prevent adding the same person to multiple groups unnecessarily. If you think this compromises the privacy of other participants that isn’t the case. All members of a group chat have always had the option to add someone from a group as a contact. Their phone numbers and names have always been visible to everyone else in the group. The direct call button is new in that it lets you call someone without adding them as a contact but again, it’s not a huge privacy issue.

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