How To Broadcast Messages In WhatsApp

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The broadcast is the most important feature that distinguishes WhatsApp from the rest of the cross-platform instant messenger apps.

If we create a group to forward a message to a lot of audiences, it creates a lot of buzz within, due to which in some cases, people miss out on certain information in the group message.

Thus the best measure is the broadcast. You can forward a single message to a lot of people in personal chats at once. If you’re a teacher or head of a team, this is the most ideal feature that can help you to connect with your subordinates. Send a text or multimedia message to a large number of people with total encryption. 

So, let’s see how to create and use a broadcast list on WhatsApp.

Send Message To Multiple Contacts In WhatsApp

As mentioned above to send a message or multimedia content to multiple contacts, the app has provided a feature, which is commonly known as Broadcast.

You can utilize this feature to forward a single message to a wide number of people by adding them as recipients to your list. Follow the below steps to broadcast messages on WhatsApp from Android and iPhone.

How To Create Broadcast List


setup broadcast list in iPhone

1. Open WhatsApp and in the chat screen at the top left, you will find Broadcast Lists option, tap on it.

2. Select “New list” to create a broadcast list. Tap the name of the recipients to add them. You use the search bar at the top to quickly find the desired contacts.

create broadcast list in iPhone

3. After adding the recipients to the broadcast list, tap on Create option.

Now send messages to multiple contacts by just sending a single message to broadcast list.


broadcast WhatsApp messages on Android

1. Navigate to the chat screen and tap on the 3 dots and select  “New Broadcast” option in the list.

Broadcast on WhatsApp

2. Now select your recipients from the contacts and tap on the tick button below to save the list.

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How To Edit A Broadcast List


1. Open WhatsApp, and tap on an existing broadcast list.

Edit broadcast list

2. Inside the list chat, tap on its default name at the top.

Broadcast list name

3. To change the name of the list, tap the pencil icon to write a new name for the list.

add delete contacts from broadcast list

4. In order to add more recipients, tap on the Edit recipients and select from the contacts to add more people.

5. For deleting recipients from the list, just tap on the X icon on the desired person’s profile available at the top. Tap the tick button to save your changes.

Delete Broadcast list

6. To delete the whole list, tap Delete broadcast list and confirm to remove it.


1. Select Broadcast Lists option at the top left of your chat screen to open the lists.

Edit name of broadcast list iPhone

2. Tap on the (i) icon beside a list, it will allow you to set a list name and you can also view your recipients in it.

add or remove people from broadcast list

3. To add/delete recipients tap on the Edit list below the list of recipients. Add others from the contacts or tap x in the existing users present above to delete them, press Done to save the updates.

delete list

4. To delete the whole list tap on Edit in the Broadcast Lists, and then select the (-) icon in front of the lists to delete them permanently.

Difference Between WhatsApp Group And Broadcast

The groups and Broadcast are both impressive measures to reach down to a large group of folks. A group can be considered when you connect to a large number of participants, who individually can access the information of other participants as well. This can be considered when you want to have a chat with a large community and the other people can also interact with you and each other.

On the other hand, the broadcast facility is a private process. This allows the user to forward a message to a large community while each participant is unknown to the identity of the others. Organizations are the best example who can utilize this feature to the full extent.

Key Things To Note

add broadcast list shortcut

If you are using the broadcasting feature most often, WhatsApp lets you add a shortcut of a list to your home screen as well. You can do so by opening the list and then tap on 3 dots > More > Add shortcut.

pin broadcast list

For quick access, you can also pin the list to the top of the chat screen by holding down on the list and then selecting the pin chat option at the top.

Whenever you broadcast a message to a large number of participants there are sometimes issues with the deliveries to a certain person. This is not a big concern, WhatsApp does not allow forwarding a thread to a receiver’s end who does not have the sender’s phone number saved. Thus verifying that the person has your number saved on the phone will resolve the issue.

In the broadcast list, there can be up to 256 participants.

People frequently ask whether if they could un-send a message that they accidentally forwarded in a broadcast. In that case, the answer is no.

Another information for people who generally work on PCs and often use WhatsApp Web, then you should know that you cannot create a new broadcast list in it. You can only use it to forward messages to the old broadcast that are already available.

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The best reason to use Broadcast rather than group chat is that the individual recipient won’t know if there are others like them who received the same message. Therefore there will be no group discussions.

If you want to simply let your friends know what you are doing in a simple way, you can use the WhatsApp Story feature.

Please let us know about your experience in the comment section.

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  • Akshay Thapliyal

    Akshay Thapliyal is the co-founder of TechUntold and mainly looks into strategic planning at TechUntold. He also loves writing articles on apps & problems he faces related to tech. Follow him on Twitter.

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Akshay Thapliyal

Akshay Thapliyal is the co-founder of TechUntold and mainly looks into strategic planning at TechUntold. He also loves writing articles on apps & problems he faces related to tech. Follow him on Twitter.

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