Chat platform WhatsApp is giving groups a makeover with a list of new features for group conversations. On May 15,\u00a0WhatsApp announced\u00a0several updates to group chats that allow members to catch up on what they\u2019ve missed quickly while giving administrators additional controls.\r\nThe first change gives groups a brief description to help clarify the purpose and guidelines for the group chat. The description pops up at the top whenever someone new joins in. WhatsApp suggests groups use the description space to clarify the purpose, guidelines, or topics for that particular group.\r\nAnother new tool allows administrators to choose whether or not to restrict changes to the subject, icon,\u00a0and description. The option allows admins to select which members are allowed to make those changes. Administrators can revoke admin permissions and also prevent the group\u2019s creator from being removed from the group.\r\nFor group members catching up after being away from the conversation, a new catch-up option helps recap what you\u2019ve missed. Tapping the @ button in the bottom right of the chat will highlight any mentions and any replies to your messages. WhatsApp says the tool is designed to help users quickly get up to speed inside a group after being away from the chat.\r\n\u00a0\r\nInside the group info page, members can now search for other group participants. Another change makes adding someone who has already left a group a bit more complicated, to discourage re-adds.\r\n\u201cGroups have been an important part of the WhatsApp experience, whether it\u2019s family members connecting across the globe or childhood friends staying in touch over the years,\u201d the announcement blog post reads. \u201cThere are also people coming together in groups on WhatsApp like new parents looking for support, students organizing study sessions, and even city leaders coordinating relief efforts after natural disasters.\u201d\r\nGroup video calling is also heading to the app, expanding the previous calls feature that only allowed video chats between two people. The latest update comes after the chat app gained compatibility with Instagram and Facebook videos, a feature\u00a0announced during parent company Facebook\u2019s F8 conference\u00a0last week.\r\nThe group-focused updates are rolling out today, May 15, for both iPhone and Android users.