How to Create a WhatsApp Broadcast List

How is it different from group chat?

What to Know

  • Create a List: iPhone: Chats > Broadcast Lists > New List. Android: Chats > More Options > New Broadcast. Add users and tap Create.
  • Edit a List: iPhone: Tap i (info icon). Android: Tap More Options > Broadcast List Info. Change the name or add/remove recipients.
  • To send: Tap the List name, type a message, and tap Send. To delete: Swipe left > Delete (iPhone); tap Delete Broadcast List (Android).

This article explains how to create a WhatsApp Broadcast List, which lets you send an identical message to multiple contacts at once without the recipient being made aware of other members on the list or that they’re on a list at all.

Creating a WhatsApp Broadcast List

WhatsApp allows for the creation of as many Broadcast Lists as you like. However, it places a limit of 256 contacts on each list.

Here’s how to create a WhatsApp Broadcast List.

  1. Open the WhatsApp app on your iPhone or Android smartphone and tap Chats.

  2. On iPhone, tap Broadcast Lists. On Android, tap More Options.

  3. On iPhone, tap New List. On Android, tap New Broadcast.

  4. Select the contacts you want to add to your WhatsApp Broadcast List by tapping the circles next to their names on the Recipients screen. If you have yet to add contacts to WhatsApp, do that first.

    Process for creating a Broadcast List in the WhatsApp app on iPhone.

    If you have a lot of contacts, you can search for who you need by name using the Search bar at the top of the screen.

  5. Tap Create on the Recipients screen to generate a Broadcast List containing the names of the people you selected.

  6. Type your first message in the screen that opens.,If you’re not ready to send a message yet, tap the back button to return to the Recipients page to create a new list or edit the one you just made.

    Process for creating a Broadcast List in the WhatsApp app on iPhone.

While "broadcast" is often used to refer to audio and video livestreaming, such as on Mixer and Twitch, the word in this context implies that you’ll be sending a single message to numerous people at once. Broadcast Lists don't share your location or activate your smartphone’s microphone or camera.

How to Edit Your WhatsApp Broadcast List

Once you create a Broadcast List in WhatsApp, it will save as a list for you to use at any time in the future. You can give it a name, add contacts to it, or delete it if you like.

Renaming Your WhatsApp Broadcast List

You can give your list a name and change it as many times as you like.

The contacts on your WhatsApp Broadcast List are not able to see what the list is called.

Here’s how to change the name of your Broadcast List on WhatsApp.

  1. Tap the info icon next to the Broadcast List you want to edit.

  2. Tap the field that says List name to enter a custom name for your WhatsApp Broadcast List.

    Changing a Broadcast List name in WhatsApp
  3. Tap Enter on your keyboard to confirm the change.

How to Add Contacts to a Broadcast List on WhatsApp

If you’ve forgotten to add someone to a Broadcast List, you can add them later. You can also remove people if you so choose.

To add or remove contacts on iPhone, simply tap Edit list and select or deselect contact names.

If you’re using an Android smartphone, tap Add Recipient to add contacts to the list. To remove a contact on Android, tap Edit Recipients, put an x by the contacts you want to remove, then tap the checkmark.

How to Broadcast Messages to Your WhatsApp Broadcast List

Sending a WhatsApp broadcast to your Broadcast List is straightforward and works pretty much the same as sending a regular message to a single contact.

A contact only receives your message if they added you as a contact. You can’t broadcast messages to complete strangers.

All you need to do is tap on your WhatsApp Broadcast List name, type your message, and tap the send icon.

Process for sending a message to a Broadcast List

Each contact in a Broadcast List will receive your message in isolation. They will be unaware that the message was also sent to other people and won’t be able to tell that you’ve added them to a list, so it’s best to write each message as if you’re talking to an individual rather than a group.

Deleting a WhatsApp Broadcast List

Deleting a Broadcast List on WhatsApp can be done whenever you like and only takes a few seconds. Be careful though as once the list is deleted, you won’t be able to get it back.

Deleting a Broadcast List does not delete or unsend any WhatsApp Broadcast messages that you’ve sent to your contacts. To do this, you need to manually delete the chat messages as you would in a regular WhatsApp chat conversation.

Here’s how you can remove a Broadcast List from your WhatsApp account.

To delete a list on iPhone, swipe left on the name of the list you want to delete from the Broadcast Lists screen. Tap Delete when it appears. To do the same on Android, tap Broadcast List > Delete.

WhatsApp Broadcast List showing Delete option

WhatsApp Broadcast Lists are completely different from the WhatsApp Group Chat feature that allows multiple users to communicate with each other within one chat conversation.

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